Weed Control Program

Dufferin County acts on behalf of the municipalities of Amaranth, East Garafraxa, Grand Valley, Melancthon, Mono, Mulmur, and Shelburne in controlling noxious weeds.

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Property owners in Dufferin County are responsible for destroying noxious weeds on their property that may have an impact on agricultural or horticultural land.

The Weed Control Act of Ontario states that all property owners are responsible for destroying noxious weeds on their property unless the weeds or weed seeds are deemed by the Weed Inspector to be far enough away from any land used for agricultural or horticultural purposes that they do not interfere with that use.

Dufferin County acts on behalf of the municipalities of Amaranth, East Garafraxa, Grand Valley, Melancthon, Mono, Mulmur, and Shelburne in controlling noxious weeds. Residents of the Town of Orangeville should visit the Town’s website for information on their weed control program.

The following are designed as noxious weeds under the Weed Control Act.

  • Black Dog-Strangling Vine
  • Bull Thistle
  • Canada Thistle
  • Coltsfoot
  • Common Barberry
  • Common Crupina
  • Cypress Spurge
  • Dodder
  • Dog-Strangling Vine
  • European Buckthorn
  • Giant Hogweed
  • Jointed Goatgrass
  • Knapweed
  • Kudzu
  • Leafy Spurge
  • Poison Hemlock
  • Poison Ivy
  • Ragweed
  • Serrated Tussock
  • Smooth Bedstraw
  • Sow Thistle
  • Tansy Ragweed
  • Wild Chervil
  • Wild Parsnip
  • Wooly Cupgrass

 

For more information on the Weed Control Act, please visit the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs website.

If a property owner fails to comply with the Act, the County’s Weed Inspector may have the weeds destroyed and charge the costs against the land in taxes.

If you have any questions, or to report a violation of the Weed Control Act, contact Dufferin County Building Services at 519.941.2816 ext. 2700 or email building@dufferincounty.ca