The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has confirmed the presence of emerald ash borer (EAB), Agrilus planipennis, in the municipality of Ange-Gardien and in Gatineau Park in the municipality of Chelsea, both within the municipalité régionale de comté (MRC) les collines de l'Outaouais.
Movement restrictions which prohibit the movement of all ash materials such as logs, branches and wood chips, as well as all species of firewood from the affected site, have been put in place. Property owners in the affected area have been notified of these restrictions. Further regulatory measures will be considered once all survey work has been completed.
The presence of EAB has been confirmed in five areas in Québec, and in 27 Ontario counties. The CFIA continues to work with federal, provincial, and municipal governments towards slowing the spread of EAB.
Under IPPC Standards (e.g. ISPM No. 8), EAB is considered present only in some areas of Ontario and Québec, and is subject to official control in Canada.
Additional information is available on the CFIA website at www.inspection.gc.ca/pests or by calling 1-866-463-6017.