The movement of firewood is tightly restricted in Ontario since it has areas under regulation for damaging forest pests including emerald ash borer, European spongy moth, and Dutch elm disease. Since these and other harmful tree pests can spread to new areas when people travel with untreated firewood, it is illegal to move firewood out of a regulated area without a movement certificate from the Canadian Food and Inspection Agency (CFIA). To prevent the spread of harmful pests both within and between provinces, Canadian authorities outline some firewood rules and recommendations which are summarized on our Canada page.

Ontario Provincial Parks encourages their visitors to purchase firewood at their campground stores, purchase kiln dried firewood where available and buy local. Ontario’s private campground association also urges campers to buy and burn local to protect the great outdoors from invasive forest pests.

Bringing firewood from Canada into the USA is prohibited unless the firewood is labeled and certified heat-treated. Click 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.

This summary is accurate to the best of DMF staff abilities as of 1 July 2021.

Ontario Specific Web Resources:

Canada General Web Resources 

Pest Specific Information for Canada

For more information, visit our General Canada Information page.

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