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.
A felling grant is available for ash trees with a diameter of 25 centimetres or more as part of the EAB control strategy.
Felling is mandatory if an ash tree is infested with the emerald ash borer and showing signs of decline on 30% or more of its surface. The grant covers 50% of felling costs, up to a maximum of $500 per tree per year.
Since June 2020, felling is permitted year-round.
How to obtain the grant
- Fill out a felling permit request.
- An inspector will visit your property to evaluate the trees that need to be felled and make recommendations. The felling certificate will be sent to you free of charge no later than 30 days after the application is filed.
- Send the receipt confirming your payment by e-mail (email@example.com) or bring it to the City Hall multiservice counter, providing your contact information (name, address, telephone number).
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.