The City of Edmonton implemented a ban on herbicides on June 23, 2015, with exemptions.
The aim of the ban is to eliminate non-essential uses of herbicides on city-owned land while recognizing there are circumstances where herbicide use is required.
Herbicides may be used to:
- Remove or control noxious weeds
- Maintain golf courses, bowling greens, athletic facilities, sports fields, cemeteries, and parks used for high profile events
- Protect against damage to city infrastructure such as sewer pipes, storm water facilities, hard surfaces, and for fire safety along LRT lines
Approved herbicide applications may be used in circumstances where alternative practices or products have failed to manage the weeds on sites where exemptions exist.