The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) continues to survey for the emerald ash borer (EAB). To date, there have been no new finds in 2010. Several counties in Ontario as well as one area in Québec are regulated under Ministerial Orders (MOs), which restrict the movement of ash materials as well as firewood of all species. The current areas regulated for EAB by MOs in Canada are:
- Cities of Hamilton and Toronto and the Regional Municipalities of Durham, York, Peel, Halton and Niagara
- City of Sault Ste. Marie
- Huron County
- Municipality of Chatham-Kent and the Counties of Elgin, Essex, Lambton and Middlesex
- Norfolk County - City of Ottawa
- City of Gatineau
- Municipalities of Carignan, Chambly, Richelieu, Saint-Basile-le-Grand and Saint-Mathias-sur-Richelieu
EAB is a destructive beetle that has killed a large number of ash trees in Ontario and north eastern U.S.; it poses a threat to urban and forested areas of North America. Through surveillance, regulation, outreach, and communication, the CFIA continues to work with its partners and stakeholders in slowing its spread.
Under IPPC Standards (e.g., ISPM No. 8), EAB is considered present (only in some areas of Ontario and Québec) and subject to official control in Canada.
For more information on the EAB, please visit the CFIA website at www.inspection.gc.ca.