To Residents and Property Owners Regarding Noxious Weeds
The County also administers County-wide weed inspection for all properties and road allowances within the County through its Area Weed Inspector who enforces the regulations of The Weed Control Act. This Act only applies when the subject weeds are a threat to agriculture and are classified as noxious in the Act. (Weed Inspection Information)
The purpose of the Weed Control Act, R.S.O. 1990, is to reduce the impact of noxious weeds on the industries of agriculture and horticulture. Primarily this act applies to agricultural and horticultural lands that generate income or other benefits to agriculture; this excludes lawns, gardens and private areas for personal enjoyment and leisure. Under the Weed Control Act, R.S.O. 1990, Chapter W.5 Sections 3, 13, 16, and 18, you are requested to destroy all noxious weeds on your property. Failure to comply with the Weed Control Act may result in the municipality entering lands to have the weeds destroyed and costs may be recovered through tax billings as provided for in the Act.
Please note that Dandelions, Burdock, Goldenrod and Purple Loosestrife are not considered noxious weeds under the Weed Control Act. Therefore, complaints concerning these weeds cannot be accepted.
Note also that in urban or suburban areas, Sections 3, 13, 16 and 18 do not apply to noxious weeds that are far enough away from any land used for agricultural or horticultural purposes that they do not interfere with that use.
For a listing of noxious weeds as set out in the weed control act, please visit the details on the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food & Rural Affairs website.
For more information please contact:
Jim Klaver, Operations and Development Technologist
97 Thomas Street East
Telephone: 613.354.4883 ext. 3226
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