Government Relations

Click on the links below to find out more information on items related to Government regulations and/or issues.


Don't get caught by government inspectors: resources on changes & new legislation
IPM Accreditation Program: updated policies & procedures
IPM Desk Reviews due January 31, 2017
Workplace Violence and Workplace Harassment Policy [Bill 132]
WHMIS Update
Key Issues Facing the Golf Industry

Don't get caught by government inspectors
Resources on changes & new legislation for 2017 

With the start of a new golf season in the province comes the possibility of surprise inspections from various government agencies. Ensure a well-prepared staff by reviewing the resources below on changes to Accessible Customer Service Standard, key information from the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario, tools to prepare for Ministry of Labour site inspections and occupational health & safety training.

Accessible Customer Service Standard changes now in effect.
Key information (and printable Tip Sheets) for liquor licensees and their staff from the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario.
Guide for Liquor Sales Licensed Establishment from the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario.
Ministry of Labour Occupational Health & Safety Training and Awareness.
Tools to help you prepare for Ministry of Labour site inspections.


IPM Accreditation Program
Updated Policies & Procedures 

An updated policies & procedures document for the IPM Golf Accreditation Program has now been posted on the IPM Council of Canada’s home page.


This updated document contains the following changes:

  • clarification of the golf facility owner's and the IPM Certified Agent's respective responsibilities;
  • detailed requirements for IPM Certified Agents wishing to act as an agent for more than one golf facility;
  • rescheduling fee for on-site audits cancelled by golf facility within 48 hrs of scheduled appointment;
  • loss of golf facility's accreditation status for failure to comply with on-site audit requirement;
  • potential loss of certification status for IPM Certified Agents failing to complete annual desk review forms or failing to be present for scheduled on-site audits.

You can also visit for more information on the Integrated Pest Management Accreditation Program.


IPM desk reviews due January 31, 2017

IPM Desk Reviews from the 2016 season are due January 31 2017.  Any Desk Reviews submitted after that time is subject to a late fee, and no desk reviews will be accepted after May 31st 2017.

What happens if I do not submit?

Not submitting a desk review will result in a golf course being demoted from level 2 accreditation to level 1 accreditation or from level 1 accreditation to registered level. Please note that Level 2 Accreditation is what is required by the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change to legally use Class 9 pesticides.

Please be aware the submission of desk reviews is the responsibility of the registered golf course; and although most courses leave the reporting to their IPM Certified Agent, it is the course owner’s responsibility to make sure the desk review is submitted. More information is available here.


Workplace Violence and Workplace Harassment Policy [Bill 132]

On September 8, 2016, additional duties for employers were added to the Workplace Violence and Workplace Harassment Policy [Bill 132].  Click here for more information to help you understand the law and the changes, the Code of Practice to help comply with OHSA’s provisions, and also many templates and samples to help you with your policies and program implementation or update.



As of July 1, 2016, new Safety Data Sheets (SDS) have replaced the current MSDS sheets required to be posted where chemicals are located in your facilities. Facilities must be in full compliance with this change by December 1, 2018. This change is a result of amendments implemented by the federal government to align with the Globally Harmonized System for Classification and Labelling (GHS). The GHS is being adopted by countries around the world and provides a consistent international system for chemical classification and labelling. Click here for information on the new regulations as well as FAQ’s and additional links to proper implementation. Please note: the new SDS sheets can be obtained through your supplier.


Key Issues Facing the Golf Industry

National / Ontario

Advocacy is an integral part of your Association’s dedication to provide our members with the business support necessary to develop initiatives and programs within an effective networking environment to enable you to operate more efficient and profitable golf facilities.

Renewing your NGCOA Canada membership is the single most cost efficient and effective way to ensure a healthy, viable golf industry.

Click here to view the current list of National Advocacy Issues.

Click here to view Ontario's Advocacy Issues.




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