Government of Canada

Government of Canada

November 13, 2014 15:00 ET

Emerald Ash Borer Confirmed in Notre-Dame-de-Laus, Quebec

Finding is outside the regulated area

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Nov. 13, 2014) - Government of Canada

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has confirmed the presence of emerald ash borer (EAB) in the Municipality of Notre-Dame-de-Laus, Quebec. This marks the first find outside of the current regulated area.

Effective immediately, the movement of all ash material such as logs, branches, and wood chips, as well as all species of firewood from the affected site, is restricted. Property owners in the affected area are being notified of these restrictions. Other enforcement measures, such as expanding the regulated area, may be implemented once the CFIA completes its survey work before the end of 2014.

Although EAB poses no threat to human health, it is a highly destructive beetle. It has already killed millions of ash trees in Ontario, Quebec and the United States, and poses a major economic and environmental threat to urban and forested areas of North America. The CFIA continues to work with federal, provincial, and municipal governments to slow its spread.

Quick Facts

  • The forestry industry contributed $19.8 billion to Canada's gross domestic product (GDP) value in 2013.
  • The emerald ash borer is native to China and eastern Asia. It was first confirmed in Canada in 2002.
  • Emerald ash borer is considered present only in some areas of Ontario and Quebec and is regulated by the CFIA to protect Canada's forests and nurseries.
  • Moving untreated firewood is a common way for invasive insects and diseases to spread. Don't move firewood.

Associated Links

• CFIA information about Emerald Ash Borer

Current regulated areas in Canada for Emerald Ash Borer

Questions and Answers

Don't Move Firewood campaign

Contact Information

  • Canadian Food Inspection Agency

    Jeff English
    Director of Communications
    The Office of Gerry Ritz, Minister of Agriculture