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Infographic: 2018-2019 Plant Protection Survey Report

What is a Plant Protection Survey?

A scientific process to collect and record data on plant pests – where they are and are not  – by trapping insects, sampling soil or plant tissue, observing plants, using laboratory diagnostics, and other procedures.

Plant pests include insects, invasive plants or micro-organisms that can threaten Canada's environment and economy.

The team

CFIA is dedicated to preventing and limiting the spread of plant pests to protect Canada's plant resources.

Our team of survey biologists design new surveys, improve how we monitor for pests and train inspectors.
Inspectors collect data and submit specimens to CFIA plant laboratories across Canada.

Plant laboratory scientists and technicians perform tests on specimens to identify insects, diseases and invasive plants.

Our work

CFIA looks for signs of plant pests and monitors whether they have spread and if so, where and how much.

Each year, we decide which pests to survey based on probability of pest presence in new areas and their potential impact on the environment, economy and trade.

Our annual report provides a summary of survey results and is available to all stakeholders.

We monitored more than 13,000 sites and looked for agricultural and forestry pests in 19 different national surveys.

We worked with provinces, municipalities and other partners on 2 of our surveys. These partners monitored an additional 483 sites.

See the list of activities for each survey.

Why surveys matter

Preventing and limiting the spread of plants pests is important to protect Canada's forests, agriculture, trade, economy and livelihoods of growers and producers.

Plant health surveillance is used to maintain a claim of "pest-free" status for an area. This allows Canadian producers to export their agricultural and forestry products or sell their products in other provinces and territories.

Detecting pests early on and having reliable information about their populations is important for making decisions about how to respond to new plant pests.

What we found: Highlights

British Columbia

Nova Scotia

New Brunswick


All areas

How you can help

Moving untreated firewood is a common way for plant pests to spread. We all play a part in helping to prevent and control the spread of invasive species.

What the general public can do

What industry can do

Don't Move Firewood – Prevent the Spread of Pests

© Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada
(Canadian Food Inspection Agency), 2019.
CFIA P1022E-19
Catalogue No.: A101-16E-PDF
ISSN: 2562-721X
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