Synonymous with longevity, quiet strength and serenity, the 32,000-odd trees that make up our urban forest are not only a key part of our garden city’s unique cachet, they also contribute to our collective well-being. The Town has dedicated itself to preserving this green heritage: learn more!
Our arboreal heritage is there to see
Aware of the unique role that trees play in our community and keen on addressing the worrying issue of climate disruption, Town Council adopted its first Tree Policy in May of 2007. In particular, the policy aims to provide a better framework for preserving our urban forest. Read it to learn more about the environmental importance of trees.
Give a tree to your community
Whether to mark the passing of a loved one, the arrival of a newborn or simply to contribute to the Town’s green heritage, trees can be donated to the municipality.
Through the Tree Donation Program, the Town will handle the planting and maintenance of trees free of charge.
Want to cut down a tree? Check the by-law first.
A tree may be cut down in certain situations:
- The tree is dead or has contracted an incurable disease.
- The tree poses a risk to the health or safety of citizens.
- The tree constitutes a hazard or could cause damage to public or private property.
- The tree interferes with the growth and development of nearby trees.
- The tree prevents construction, use or landscaping that complies with municipal regulations and has been approved by the Town. Trees may not be cut down in order to allow the installation of a sign or to make the sign more visible.
For more information, see chapter 9 of Zoning By-law No. 1310 regarding landscaping (French only). In all cases, a tree-cutting permit is required. Contact the Urban Planning and Inspection Division by email or phone (514 734-3042) to learn how to proceed.
What to do with your branches?
An pick-up of tree and shrub branches is available on request from April 1 to September 30.
Emerald ash borer: measures to limit its spread
The emerald ash borer has constituted a threat to urban forests for several years now,. To limit the spread of this insect pest within its borders, the Town has implemented an action plan in addition to adopting By-law No. 1433 on April 27, 2015.
Do you own an ash tree? Have it treated with TreeAzin.
Effective for two years after application, TreeAzin is a preventative treatment that should be administered to all ash trees with trunks more than 10 cm in diameter between June 15 and August 31. To ensure trees are treated within the prescribed period, requests for treatment must be submitted no later than August 19.
Cost of treatment
The price is $4.24 (plus taxes) per centimetre of diameter. The Town will reimburse 50% of the cost of treating your ash trees provided you meet the following conditions:
- use the services of the supplier mandated by the Town
- submit a copy of the receipt or invoice stamped paid to the Public Works Division.
Procedure for obtaining the grant
Call the Town's inspector at 514 734-4121 to arrange for your ash trees to be evaluated. The inspector will guide you through the process by providing advice adapted to your situation.
The request for treatment must be sent directly to the inspector between June 1 and August 25, 2017. The request will be forwarded to the Town's official supplier, who will perform the work by the required deadline.
If your ash is infested by the borer, it must be cut down.
Before cutting down any ash tree 10 cm or greater in diameter, you must apply for and obtain a permit to cut down a tree on private property. The permit is issued free of charge.
Beginning October 1, all ash tree waste (branches and logs more than 20 cm in diameter) must be taken to Public Works (180 Clyde Road). Before doing so, you must obtain an authorization form for disposing wood waste, which is available from Public Works and must be given to the contractor hired to cut down the ash trees. No ash wood will be accepted if the contractor is unable to present the duly completed authorization form when leaving the wood waste. Please note that ash is the only tree species accepted.
All ash wood must be neutralized, either by shredding it on site or by taking it to an authorized site.