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Questions and answers: Asian longhorned beetle

Residents of Mississauga and Toronto are reminded that a regulated area for the Asian longhorned beetle (also known as starry sky beetle) is in effect and those living within that area are not to move wood products, including fallen trees and firewood, outside of the regulated area. Property owners whose trees have been ordered removed in efforts to eliminate the pest may be eligible for compensation.

Regulated area in Mississauga and Toronto

What is the Asian longhorned beetle and why is the regulated area in place?

The Asian longhorned beetle, which is native to Asia, attacks and kills healthy deciduous trees, especially maple.

After detecting the Asian longhorned beetle, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) established a regulated area in 2013 around parts of Mississauga and Toronto as part of its plans to eliminate the pest.

What area is regulated?

The regulated area includes the region bordered in the north by Finch Avenue, in the east by Martin Grove Road, in the south by Highway 401 and in the west by Dixie Road.

What items are restricted from leaving the regulated area?

Because this area is regulated, there are restrictions on moving nursery stock, trees, logs, lumber, wood, wood chips and bark chips from certain deciduous trees identified as hosts of the Asian longhorned beetle and firewood of all species. Unless authorized by a Movement Certificate issued by the CFIA, the movement of these items out of the regulated area is prohibited. These restrictions are necessary to prevent the spread of the Asian longhorned beetle. Moving firewood or other restricted wood products, even just a few kilometres, is a common way for invasive insects and diseases to spread.

How should I dispose of yard waste debris in the regulated area?

For inquiries regarding the disposal of yard waste please contact your municipality. Disposal sites for ice storm tree debris have been set up in the regulated area by both the City of Mississauga and the City of Toronto.

Who do I call for more information?

For more information about the Asian longhorned beetle and the regulated area, please contact 647-790-1012.

Tree removal and compensation

Is tree removal necessary?

Tree removal is the best option to eliminate Asian longhorned beetle as there are no natural controls or effective treatments for this pest.

Who is eligible for compensation?

Property owners who received a CFIA Notice to Dispose between April 1, 2013 and March 31, 2019 and received a compensation claim package are eligible for compensation.

How do I apply for compensation?

To apply to the CFIA for compensation, you must have:

  1. received a "Notice to Dispose" issued by the CFIA between April 1, 2013 and March 31, 2019, requiring the removal of one or more host trees on your property;
  2. had the host tree(s) removed by the CFIA; and
  3. purchased (a) non-host replacement tree(s) and planted it (them) on the same property.

What should my application include?

Your application must be submitted on or before December 31, 2020 and include:

  1. a copy of your Notice to Dispose and the original receipts for the replacement tree(s) (or a solemn declaration in lieu of providing those same receipts); and
  2. a completed Direct Deposit Application Form.

For what will I be compensated?

Compensation can cover the cost to purchase and plant replacement trees that are not hosts for ALHB.

What trees are hosts for Asian longhorned beetle?

Host trees for ALHB include: maple, poplar, willow, elm, birch, hackberry, mountain ash, horse chestnut, sycamore, goldenrain tree, katsura, and silk tree.

What are the compensation amounts?

Compensation is for the direct cost of replacing a host tree up to a set maximum amount. The maximum amounts are $300 per tree ordered removed on private property, $150 per tree on public land, and $40 per tree in woodlots. These maximum amounts include both the purchase cost of a tree and the reasonable costs for planting.

Where can I submit my claim?

Canadian Food Inspection Agency
1124 Finch Avenue West, Unit #2
Toronto, Ontario
M3J 2E2

Will the CFIA audit compensation claims?

Inspections may be carried out by the CFIA to substantiate the information contained in compensation applications.

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