Felling/Treating ash trees
In September 2015, City Council adopted its first strategy to fight the emerald ash borer in order to preserve the urban forest, maintain the canopy, and protect biodiversity.
Any ash tree of which more than 30% of the branches are dead must be felled. It is important to act quickly, because a dead ash tree is dangerous and more costly to fell. Before felling, you must obtain a permit, which will be issued free of charge. The felling of infested or dying ash trees is now authorized year-round.
A grant is provided to homeowners for the felling of ash trees whose diameter is 25 cm or more. The grant covers 50% of felling costs, up to a maximum of $500 per tree.
To get the grant
Send the receipt confirming payment to the Public Works Department, which will issue the grant by email to the person whose name appears on the receipt.
Owners of trees that have already been treated for the emerald ash borer will be eligible for a grant for a new treatment, equal to 50% of the cost, up to $1,500 per address. Current knowledge shows that it is not recommended to start a new treatment on an infested tree.
- Deadline to request an inspection: August 15
- Deadline to take advantage of the special rate: August 31
The treatment must be applied between June 15 and August 31.
To qualify for the grant
- 1. If your ash tree(s) have already been treated, contact the Public Works Department at 514-630-1230 to have your ash tree(s) inspected.
If the need for treatment is confirmed, a company selected by the City will apply the treatment at the agreed rate. Any other firm qualified to apply the preventive treatment can be selected, using the same procedure and the same rate.
- 2. Send the receipt confirming payment to the Public Works Department, which will issue the grant by email to the person whose name appears on the receipt.