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.
Bringing firewood from Canada into the USA is prohibited unless the firewood is labeled and certified heat-treated. Read about these requirements on the USDA and CBP firewood information sheet.
Bringing firewood from the USA into Canada is prohibited unless the firewood is labeled and certified heat-treated. Canada also encourages visitors to use local firewood.
There are areas in each province that are regulated for different invasive forest pests. Detailed information on plant pests and invasive species regulatory information for Canada can be found here. A few common examples of these destructive pests include the hemlock woolly adelgid, Dutch elm disease, and emerald ash borer. Since these and other harmful forest pests often spread to new areas when people move untreated firewood, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) prohibits the transport of firewood out of regulated areas without a permit. This is especially important in Quebec, Nova Scotia, and Ontario, as well as when crossing the prairie provinces in either direction to protect the health of vast Canadian forest and wildland. To prevent the spread of pests both within and between provinces, the CFIA urges residents and visitors buy and burn local firewood with the following rules and recommendations:
- Buy local and/or certified heat-treated firewood (within 80km)
- Outside firewood is prohibited in Canada’s national parks. Buy it at the campground or gather dead and down wood onsite when permitted
- Do not remove firewood out of any campground
- Tell others about the dangers of moving firewood long distances
Note: Open fires are not allowed at many of Canada’s national and provincial park campgrounds, and they may put fire restrictions when wildfire risk is high. Visit their website or inquire the campground staff for the most current information.
This summary is accurate to the best of DMF staff abilities as of 27 September 2022.
Canada Web Resources:
- Don’t Move Firewood Page, Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)
- Buy Local, Burn Local, Canadian Council on Invasive Species
- Fires, Insects, and Disturbances, Natural Resources Canada: Canadian Forest Service
- Established invasive species, Canadian Forest Service
- 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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