Pest Management Centre
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Our offices and research sites
960 Carling Ave, Building 57
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
The Pest Management Centre operates from its headquarters at the Central Experimental Farm in Ottawa. It also operates out of the following agricultural research centers across the country:
- Kentville Research and Development Centre
- Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu Research and Development Centre
- London Research and Development Centre (Vineland)
- Harrow Research and Development Centre
- Saskatoon Research and Development Centre (Scott)
- Summerland Research and Development Centre
- Agassiz Research and Development Centre
- Receive email updates about our current research projects and agricultural pest management product registrations, as well as information about our other activities.
Our research mandate
At various agricultural research facilities across the country, our scientists conduct field trials, and collect data on products and methods that will help Canada’s crop producers protect the quantity, value, and quality of their crops
Our agricultural researchers match major weed, disease, and insect problems in the various agricultural regions of Canada with potential solutions, and conduct research into new and reduced-risk tools and approaches for crop protection. We identify our research priorities in partnership with the grower community, provincial governments, scientific experts, and the crop protection industry.
Our research activities include non-chemical control options such as biopesticides, and farm management practices that integrate tillage, crop rotation, cultivar resistance, seed selection, balanced fertility, and sanitation.
Our work also supports the registration of some pesticides for use on smaller, specialty crops in Canada, giving our crop producers access to additional pesticide products.
Industry and technical committees advise us in our activities by identifying emerging issues and research needs and assist our communication efforts by reporting back to interested stakeholder groups about our research programs and results.
Following input from our partners, we collaborate with Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency to deliver two research-based programs:
- Pesticide Risk Reduction Program
Reducing risks associated with pesticide use in agricultural crop production
- Minor Use Pesticides Program
Supporting Canadian growers with their pest management needs by researching and registering new minor uses of the newest and safest pesticides for horticultural and specialty crops.
Our current research activities
- Reduced Risk Pest Management Solutions
Projects exploring and developing lower-risk pest control options for specific agricultural crops
- Minor-use Pesticide Projects by Crop
Research projects and product registrations focused on managing pests on specific, smaller-acreage crops
Projects investigating and promoting naturally-occurring options to control insects, weeds and plant diseases
- Invasive Alien Species Coordination Group
Informing about Canadian efforts to combat the Spotted-wing Drosophila and the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug
Results of our research
Since 2003, the Pest Management Centre has been Canada’s hub for improving access to newer, safer pesticides as well as promoting novel production practices that reduce agriculture’s reliance on pesticides. Together with our partners, we have numerous accomplishments:
- More than 2,200 pest control solutions – whether chemical, biological or mechanical give growers greater options for safe and effective crop protection tools and technologies
- More than 1,210 distinct Minor Use Pesticide Program projects and approximately 240 Pesticide Risk Reduction projects have been initiated since our programs began
- More than 35 product submissions to Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency under the Biopesticides initiative, many of which were first-time or "Category A" submissions. More than 325 new uses have been registered for 25 products alone.
- More than 30 Crop Profiles have been published, outlining pest management challenges and potential solutions for specific crops
- 16 pesticide risk reduction strategies have been implemented and released, to highlight new crop protection approaches, products and integrated systems, and 2 more are in development.
- Agricultural Pest Management Resources
Crop protection information and methods developed using the latest research and collaboration
- Agricultural Pest Management Collaboration
Engaging the grower community, provinces, and industry to identify Canada’s pest management priorities and to work on solutions
- Pest Management Centre Advisory and Technical Committees
Guiding our agricultural research on weed, disease and insect problems faced by Canadian growers, and reporting on our research programs and results.
- Pest Management Centre Newsletter
Our ongoing activities with growers, researchers and stakeholders
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