ALERT: It is illegal to transport firewood out of the City of Winnipeg
Effective from January 2018, the transportation of all firewood out of the City of Winnipeg is banned, no matter what the species of wood. The movement of all materials from ash trees out of Winnipeg is also restricted.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is in charge of enforcing the ban as a means of slowing down the spread of the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), and has announced stiff fines for violations of the ban.
- Fines for individuals: up to $1,300
- Fines for commercial enterprises: up to $15,000
- Prosecutions: up to two years in prison or fines up to $250,000
The EAB restricted zone covers the entire City of Winnipeg, which means companies or individuals travelling on the Perimeter Highway may be entering and leaving the City while transporting firewood. This can be done legally under certain circumstances, but you need to know when and how.
Transporting firewood from a non-restricted area through, for instance, the west side of the Perimeter between Saskatchewan Avenue and the Assiniboine River Bridge will mean travelling from outside the restricted zone, inside the City limits and then right back out again. In that case, contact CFIA to determine if you need written permission to move firewood along that route. The transportation rules change, depending on whether it is the high-risk season (April 1- September 30) or the low-risk season (October 1 – March 31).
For written permission or to inquire about the rules:
- Contact: Jason Watts, CFIA Regional Program Officer
- Email: Jason.Watts@inspection.gc.ca
- Phone: 204-259-1370
Here is the map of the City of Winnipeg (pdf) that defines the EAB regulated zone, and shows where the Perimeter Highway and other roads enter and exit the restricted zone :
Read how the City of Winnipeg is handling the EAB infestation:
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) issued a notice January 24, 2018 that the City of Winnipeg is now a restricted zone due to the confirmation of the Emerald Ash Borer in St. Boniface last November.
This means that no ash logs, branches or woodchips and no firewood of any kind can be moved from the City of Winnipeg to outside areas without written authorization from CFIA. F
Read the statement from CFIA:
Read the EAB articles in the January/February 2018 issue of The Manitoba Woodlot:
The CFIA sets the regulations for the movement of wood products, logs, lumber and firewood in infected areas.
The Asian invasive pest Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) was confirmed in a Winnipeg neighbourhood on November 30, 2017. Unfortunately, once EAB has been discovered, it has likely been in the area for several years. Even with Manitoba’s extended periods of severe cold in the winter, 100-percent die-off is unlikely.
How can you help deal with EAB? Learn what to look for. This easy-to-read visual guide to identifying EAB infestations from the Canadian Forestry Service is an excellent resource.
- A Visual Guide to Detecting Emerald Ash Borer: CFS EAB ID Guide (pdf)