Some steps leading to the issuance of certificates and permits are affected: training, examinations, and the assessment of applications in the regions.

Training and certification examination for the sale and use of pesticides

The Société de formation à distance des commissions scolaires du Québec (SOFAD) offers two solutions for people whose training has been cancelled:

These training options include the learning guide, homework, tutoring, and registration for the examination. Other training can be accessed online for certain sectors of activity. Contact your regional association for more information.

Examinations leading to certification that is valid for five years are now available online on the SOFAD site for all sectors of pesticide sales and use:

  • Agriculture (subclasses E1, E2, E3, CD8);
  • Aerial (subclass CD1);
  • Aquatic (subclass CD2);
  • Raw land (subclass CD3);
  • Ornamental horticulture (subclass CD4);
  • Pest management (subclass CD5);
  • Fumigation (subclass CD6)
  • Forest areas (subclass CD7);
  • Stinging insects (subclass CD9);
  • Application in buildings for horticultural purposes (subclass CD10);
  • Wholesale and retail sales (subclasses A1, B1, B2);
  • Forest managers (subclasses F1, F1.1, F2).

Due to the current situation, online credit card payment is preferred by SOFAD.

Applications for permits or certificates for the sale and use of pesticides

It is preferred that new applications for a permit or certificate for the sale and use of pesticides be filed electronically.

Send the completed permit or certificate application form This hyperlink will open in a new window. and required documents by email to the office responsible for your region This hyperlink will open in a new window., and pay the required fees. To facilitate the electronic filing of applications, clear and readable scanned copies of the examination attestation are acceptable.

Bank transfers are now possible for businesses and municipalities. An invoice number will be sent to you when you file your application to enable you to make your payment. Payments can still be made by cheque or money order.

Instructions will be available soon for individuals wishing to pay online.

New certificate applications can also be filed via the online service This hyperlink will open in a new window.. Online payments can likewise be made using this tool.

Permit or certificate renewal for the sale and use of pesticides

All permits and certificates that were not renewed before April 30, 2020, and that have an expiry date between March 1 and September 1, 2020, are automatically extended free of charge for six months. This measure does not apply to temporary permits.  

A personalized mailing will be sent to permit and certificate holders benefitting from this measure to inform them of the extension and new expiry date for their permits and certificates. The document may be presented upon request, for example, when hiring a new employee or during a sales transaction. The public registry will be updated to reflect the new expiry dates for the permits and certificates concerned.