Orkin is alleged to have applied a pesticide in a way that did not follow the directions on the pesticide label. The company has also been charged for failing to have a registration allowing them to use the type of pesticide applied.

The company is facing 12 charges:

  • six charges for contravening the Pesticide (Ministerial) Regulation
  • one charge for contravening the Pesticide Sales, Handling, Use and Application Regulation
  • five charges for contravening the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act

All of the offences are alleged to have occurred between May 26 and 27, 2021.

The first court date is scheduled for May 31, 2022.

Quick facts

  • More than 7,000 pesticide products containing more than 600 active ingredients are registered for use in Canada.
  • Pesticide legislation is in place to ensure pesticide application in Alberta is conducted in a safe and effective manner that does not affect other people or the environment.
  • The federal government evaluates and registers pesticides that are safe to use in Canada and sets minimum requirements for how to use them. This evaluation includes human health and environmental elements of pesticides.
  • The Government of Alberta regulates the sale, use, storage, transportation and disposal of pesticides under the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act.
  • Alberta Environment and Parks conducts routine inspections and responds to complaints about improper pesticide management.