The City is investing in tree planting and stewardship on private land to help enhance and expand our urban forest, and to improve the health of the environment. With some of the greatest potential on private land, everyone’s help is needed to reach our 40% canopy cover target.

These programs support partnerships and collaborations with homeowners, landowners and not-for-profit organizations that advance the City’s strategic priorities to invest in people and neighbourhoods, and to tackle climate change and build resilience.

Community Planting and Stewardship Grant

Application deadline: August 19, 2022 at 4 p.m.

The Community Planting and Stewardship Grant supports tree planting and stewardship on private land by non-profit organizations within Toronto.

Download the Community Planting and Stewardship Grant 2022 Guidelines.

Greening Partnership Grant

Application deadline: August 19, 2022 at 4 p.m.

The Greening Partnership Grant supports partnerships with public school boards, hospitals, colleges, universities, and other eligible institutions that will increase canopy cover through tree planting and stewardship on private land.

Download the Greening Partnership Grant 2022 Guidelines.

Neighbourhood Planting Program

Application deadline: June 24, 2022 at 4 p.m.

The Neighbourhood Planting Program supports community-led tree giveaway and planting events through financial support, free native trees and shrubs, and technical support and training.

Download the Neighbourhood Planting Program 2022 Guidelines.

Backyard Tree Planting Program

The City of Toronto has partnered with Local Enhancement and Appreciation of Forests (LEAF) to offer backyard tree planting services to Toronto residents at a subsidized cost. This includes a full-service option (in-person consultation, delivery and planting) and a do-it-yourself option.

Corporate Tree Planting

The City of Toronto has partnered with the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) as part of the Toronto Tree Cover Project to offer tree planting services to eligible industrial, commercial and institutional landowners on a cost-shared basis. This includes a site visit by TRCA staff, supply, delivery and installation of plant materials for landowners who have space to plant 30+ trees on their property. This service is offered on a first-come, first-served basis while funds are available. Contact Brittany.Ballagh@trca.ca. for more information.

Community Canopy Program

The City of Toronto has partnered with the Arbor Day Foundation to connect Toronto residents with free trees through an innovative online mapping tool that takes the guesswork out of where to plant the tree on a specific property. Through the Community Canopy Program residents will be able to use the software interface to identify the ideal planting location that will maximize the air, water, energy, and carbon benefits of their tree.

From 2017-2022, the Urban Forestry Grants and Incentives Program has invested and leveraged a total of over $17.5 million and funded 173 projects across all 25 wards in Toronto. Together, with the help of our partners, we were able to plant over 87,000 trees and shrubs on private land and engage over 239,000 people. Our 2020 Impact Report highlights our achievements increasing canopy cover on private land between 2017-2020 and showcases the successes of our partnerships and collaborations with our many community partners.

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Download the 2020 Urban Forestry Grants and Incentives Impact Report.

Eleven projects were selected to receive funding in support of tree planting and stewardship on private land in Toronto.

Close to 9,000 trees and shrubs will be planted through these projects. They will engage and educate communities through planting events, educational workshops, citizen science, and youth programming.

Greening Partnership Grant

Sunnybrook Health Science Centre – Sunnybrook’s Landscape: Increasing Tree Canopy Cover

Sunnybrook is leading the movement towards cultivating healthy greenspaces to support human healing and wellness in a healthcare setting. Native trees and shrubs will be planted, maintained and cared for in addition to educating and engaging the community at Sunnybrook campuses.

  • Ward 15 – Don Valley West
  • Ward 18 – Willowdale

Centennial College of Applied Arts and Technology – 914 Progress Avenue/A-Block/Triangular Area

Centennial is increasing canopy cover at its Progress Campus by converting an empty grassed area into a more diverse naturalized space. Students and staff will be engaged to remove invasive species before planting native trees and shrubs which will increase campus green space and support urban wildlife and pollinators.

Ward 24 – Scarborough-Guildwood.

Toronto District School Board – TDSB’s Urban Forest Tree Planting

Supporting existing tree planting programs, the TDSB will continue to plant native trees on school properties throughout Toronto. TDSB will also provide tree care maintenance to improve the survival rate of new and existing trees with the goal of providing shade and access to green space for all students across TDSB schools.

Citywide.

Seneca College – Seneca Naturalization Project 2023

Seneca is creating a more sustainable and naturalized landscape at its Newnham Campus. Native trees and shrubs will be planted to increase canopy cover and existing lawns will be replaced with native grasses and groundcover to create a more inviting learning environment and reduce Seneca’s overall carbon footprint.

Ward 17 – Don Valley North.

Community Planting and Stewardship Grant

Local Enhancement and Appreciation of Forests – Young Urban Forest Leaders

The Young Urban Forest Leaders (YUFL) Program is a mentorship and training program aimed at providing youth with valuable experience in the fields of arboriculture and urban forestry. Program participants will identify opportunities for tree planting and stewardship in their neighbourhoods and collaborate with local community groups to plan and undertake outreach and engagement activities.

Citywide.

Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) – Toronto Tree Cover Project

TRCA’s Toronto Tree Cover Project will engage community members and property owners in planting native trees and shrubs throughout the city to help expand Toronto’s canopy cover. Through a series of planting events and school programming, participants will help make their communities greener and learn about the urban forest and tree stewardship.

  • Ward 6 – York Centre
  • Ward 7 – Humber River-Black Creek
  • Ward 12 – Toronto-St. Paul’s
  • Ward 14 – Toronto-Danforth

Regenesis – Project Universitree

Project Universitree will enhance living and study spaces on university campuses and student housing cooperatives across Toronto with native trees and shrubs. Students will come together to plant trees and shrubs, learn about the benefits of growing native species in the urban environment and contribute to the sustainability of their communities.

  • Ward 6 – York Centre
  • Ward 7 – Humber River-Black Creek
  • Ward 11 – University-Rosedale
  • Ward 15 – Don Valley West
  • Ward 25 – Scarborough-Rouge Park

Long Branch Neighbourhood Association – Long Branch Grows to 40 Per Cent TreeGreen

The Long Branch Neighbourhood Association (LBNA) will identify planting sites for trees and shrubs in Long Branch and neighbouring communities and will work with residents, students and volunteers to educate property owners on how they can help enhance the urban forest. Native trees and shrubs will be distributed for planting while workshops and community events will promote continued tree health and stewardship.

Ward 3 – Etobicoke-Lakeshore.

Green Thumbs Growing Kids – Urban Trees from Seed

The Urban Tree from Seed program will engage elementary school students in gathering, preparing and growing local native tree seeds that are adapted to the urban environment right in their schools. Successfully grown trees will be planted on school campuses and distributed back into student communities for planting.

Ward 13 – Toronto-Centre.

Local Enhancement and Appreciation of Forests (LEAF) – Toronto Community Housing Planting and Stewardship Initiative

LEAF is working with Toronto Community Housing (TCH) to engage communities in the planting and stewardship of native trees on TCH properties. TCH residents and staff will be engaged throughout the planning process to select planting sites and tree species. Tenants will also take part in tree stewardship training and be provided with tree care resources to ensure each tree thrives after planting.

  • Ward 1 – Etobicoke North
  • Ward 2 – Etobicoke Centre
  • Ward 5 – York South-Weston
  • Ward 6 – York Centre
  • Ward 11 – University-Rosedale
  • Ward 13 – Toronto Centre
  • Ward 14 – Toronto-Danforth
  • Ward 19 – Beaches-East York
  • Ward 20 – Scarborough Southwest
  • Ward 21 – Scarborough Centre
  • Ward 24 – Scarborough-Guildwood

Arbor Day Foundation – Community Canopy Program

Community Canopy connects Toronto residents with free native trees through an innovative online mapping tool that takes the guesswork out of where to plant the tree on a specific property. Residents will be able to use the software interface to identify the ideal planting location that will maximize the air, water, energy, and carbon benefits of their tree.

Citywide.

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