The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has confirmed the presence of the Emerald ash borer (EAB) in the City of Sault Ste. Marie. The infestation is located in a residential area of the city near the intersection of MacDonald Avenue and Pim Street. This is the first find of the pest in northern Ontario.
The Government of Canada is working hard with provinces and municipalities to limit the spread of the emerald ash borer. The CFIA will be carrying out increased surveying of trees in these area to determine the extent of the infestation and affected property owners will be notified. Regulatory measures to control this pest will be taken based on information obtained through the surveys. The CFIA continues to work with its partners and stakeholders toward the goal of slowing the spread of this destructive pest.
Under IPPC Standards (e.g., ISPM No. 8), EAB is considered present (only in some areas of Ontario and 1 area of Quebec) and subject to official control in Canada. For more information on the EAB, please visit the CFIA website at www.inspection.gc.ca.