Update on the neonicotinoid (or neconics, a relatively new class of insecticides that relate to pollinators) use on bedding plants:
The big box garden centres have been eliminating the use
of neonics since 2014 and they are about 90% free but
they don’t have the labelling program in full use yet.
Rona is 95% free and they have a list of products still grown
with neonics on-hand.Home Depot is 90% and Costco are labelling
plants too Sheridan nurseries says it is majority free but no guarantees due to the far range of suppliers from US,Europe and Canada.
Can. Tire and Loblaws are working on elimination also.
This is good news for gardeners.