This page contains general Canada information: Please note each province has its own page. Go to dontmovefirewood.org/map to click on any individual province.
Crossing from Canada into the USA: It is against US law to bring any untreated firewood for personal use (including both hardwood and softwood/conifer) from Canada into the USA.
Crossing from the USA into Canada: It is against Canadian law to bring firewood from the USA into Canada for personal use without an appropriate permit. The firewood must also be packaged and labeled to show it has been heat treated to a minimum core temperature of 56°C for a minimum of 30 minutes.
Within Canada: The Canadian Food Inspection Agency strongly advises that firewood should be bought and used locally to prevent the spread of pests both within each province, and to prevent pests from accidentally entering new areas and provinces. If you buy wood from a local supplier, make sure it was cut within 80 kilometres from where it is being sold. It is illegal to remove potentially infested materials (such as firewood) out of areas in Canada quarantined for pests such as Asian longhorned beetle, brown spruce longhorned beetle, Dutch elm disease, emerald ash borer, gypsy moth, hemlock woolly adelgid, and any other pest regulated by a province or CFIA. This is especially important in Quebec, Nova Scotia, and Ontario, as well as when crossing the prairie provinces in either direction, as these areas present clear risks and firewood movement is regulated. It is illegal to bring firewood into many of Canada’s national parks, and most national parks have firewood for purchase on site.
This summary is accurate to the best of DMF staff abilities as of 26 January 2018.
Canada Web Resources:
- Canadian Food Inspection Agency Don’t Move Firewood
- Natural Resources Canada: Canadian Forest Service- Fires, insects and disturbances page
- Canadian Forest Service, Established invasive species
- Forest Invasives, Canadian Invasive Species Centre
- US Customs and Border Protection (regarding personal firewood from Canada into USA)
- Canada Border Services Agency (regarding personal firewood from USA into Canada)
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