Since May 2013, Brossard has been part of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)'s.emerald ash borer regulated area.
The CFIA defines this area as follows:
"The CFIA establishes regulated areas to maintain and enforce restrictions against moving potentially infested wood items from areas where the emerald ash borer (EAB) has been found. This is necessary for the following reasons: to slow the spread of the insect, to protect the health of Canada's trees and forests, and to prevent economic losses to the nursery, lumber and tourism industries and to municipalities.”
You can view regulated areas of Canada by clicking on the following link: Regulated Areas in Canada
Materials covered by the restrictions include any materials from ash trees, as well as raw wood and firewood from any variety of ash. Vehicles which have transported these materials are also subject to these regulations.
Can we be fined if we move the wood?
Yes, you can be fined if you move the wood outside the regulated area. The fine could be up to $15,000 if there is a contravention of the Plant Protection Act (PPV)
. These penalties apply to both individuals and businesses.
In the event of a second occurrence, the Act provides for penalties of up to $250,000 and 2 years in prison.