September 15, 2013
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) confirmed on Aug. 19, the presence of emerald ash borer in Orangeville in Dufferin County and Pakenham and Carleton Place in Lanark County.

The presence of EAB has now been confirmed in 34 Ontario counties, and in eight areas in the province of Quebec. The highly destructive beetle has already killed millions of ash trees in Ontario, Quebec and the U. S. and poses a major economic and environmental threat to urban and forested areas of North America.

On Apr. 1, 2014, CFIA will consolidate most of the regulated areas into one large area in Ontario and Quebec. This large area will include Highways 400, 401, 416 and 417 in Ontario and Highways 15, 20, 40 and 50 in Quebec.
This pest management approach takes into account the CFIA’s current understanding of the distribution of EAB and will more effectively slow the spread of this pest to other parts of these provinces and to the rest of Canada.
A map of Ontario regulated area may be found at

The Agency will continue its surveillance, regulatory, enforcement and communications activities across Canada, and the focus will now be placed on preventing EAB from moving out of the large consolidated area to areas where it is not currently known to be present. The remainder of 2013 will be a transition to this new approach.

The CFIA is now reporting EAB confirmed finds in Ontario and Quebec on a monthly basis.