OTTAWA – The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has updated its regulated areas for emerald ash borer (EAB) to include a new area in Manitoba and to expand the areas in Quebec. This change is due to new detections of EAB in Winnipeg and southern Quebec in 2017 and is intended to slow the insect’s spread.

The new regulated areas are:

Winnipeg, Man

In Quebec, the following municipalités régionales de comté (MRCs) have been added to the existing regulated area:

  • Lanaudière, in the municipalité régionale de comté (MRC) of Matawinie
  • Centre du Québec, in the municipalités régionales de comté (MRCs) of Arthabaska, Bécancour, Drummond, L’Érable, Nicolet-Yamaska
  • Estrie, in the municipalités régionales de comté (MRCs) of Coaticook, Le Granit, Le Haut-St-François, Le Val- Saint-François, Les Sources, Memphrémagog, Sherbrooke
  • Chaudière-Appalaches, in the municipalités régionales de comté (MRCs) of Beauce-Sartigan, Bellechasse, La Nouvelle-Beauce, Les Appalaches, Les Etchemins, Lévis, Lotbinière, Robert-Cliche
  • Capitale-Nationale, in the municipalités régionales de comté (MRCs) of La Côte de Beaupré, La Jacques-Cartier, L’île d’Orléans, Portneuf, Agglomération de Québec
  • Mauricie, in the municipalités régionales de comté (MRCs) of Les Chenaux, Maskinongé, Mékinac, Shawinigan, Trois-Rivières

All other regulated areas in Ontario and Quebec remain unchanged.

Effective immediately, the movement of ash materials, including logs, branches and woodchips, and all species of firewood from the affected sites is restricted.

Prior to these new detections, the emerald ash borer was known to be present only in certain areas of Ontario and Quebec. Affected areas are regulated by the CFIA to protect Canada’s forests, municipal trees and nurseries.

Additional information on the emerald ash borer