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.
The Community Planting and Stewardship Grant supports tree planting and stewardship on private land by non-profit organizations within Toronto.
The Greening Partnership Grant supports partnerships with public school boards, hospitals, colleges, universities, and non-profit housing providers that will increase canopy cover through tree planting and stewardship on private land.
Learn about 2019’s recipients.
The Neighbourhood Tree Giveaway Program supports community-led tree giveaway events through financial support, free native trees and shrubs, and technical support and training.
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.
Learn about 2019’s recipients.
Nine projects were selected from 18 applications submitted to receive funding in support of tree planting and stewardship on private land.
Over 10,000 trees and shrubs will be planted through the grants. The projects will also engage and educate communities through planting events, educational workshops, citizen science, indigenous knowledge-sharing and youth programming.
Working with Toronto Community Housing staff, LEAF will engage with TCHC tenants in the planting and stewardship of native trees and shrubs on TCHC property. LEAF will also distribute native shrubs and mulch to TCHC tenants to plant on TCHC property. LEAF will recruit TCHC tenants to be trained in proper care and stewardship of planted trees.
The Young Urban Forest Leaders (YUFL) Program offers youth a 5-month mentorship/training program in arboriculture and urban forestry. In collaboration with local community groups, program participants will plan and undertake outreach and engagement activities promoting tree planting on private property. The project will involve distributing native trees and shrubs for planting on private property.
Working with residents, students and volunteers the LBNA will identify suitable planting sites for trees and shrubs on private property throughout Long Branch and neighbouring communities. Enlisting the help of professional arborists, LBNA will also host a variety of workshops to promote continued health and stewardship of existing and newly planted trees.
The Highway of Heroes Tree Campaign will plant native trees on Ministry of Transportation (MTO) property at two prominent interchanges on the Highway of Heroes (Highway 401) within the City of Toronto. Proposed sites include the 401 interchange loops at the Don Valley Parkway and at Avenue Road.
Elementary school students will source, grow and eventually plant tree seeds adapted to the urban environment as part of their curriculum. The goal is to successfully establish native trees which will then be distributed and planted throughout the community.
The TRCA will plant native trees and shrubs on commercial, industrial and/or institutional lands throughout Toronto. In addition, TRCA will host a number of community planting events throughout Toronto.
Nikibii Dawadinna Giigwag (NDG) offers Indigenous high school youths the opportunity to explore traditional teachings of the land and to learn about potential career paths in fields such as urban design, architecture and conservation. Working with private landowners, NDG participants will identify suitable planting sites in Toronto to plant trees and shrubs. Program participants will also develop and deliver educational workshops and community events to share their knowledge and skills.
Supporting existing tree planting programs, the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) will strategically plant native trees on TDSB school properties throughout Toronto. TDSB will also provide tree care maintenance that will improve the survival rate of new and existing trees.
Currently home to a stand of failing trees, the Academic and Resource Centre (ARC) Quad at the University of Toronto’s Scarborough Campus will be redesigned to create a naturalized, accessible and sustainable public space with new native trees and other non-invasive greenery.
The Annex Resident’s Association will host a Neighbourhood Tree Giveaway at Jean Sibelius Square in May 2020. 200 trees/shrubs will be distributed.
The Bayview Village Association will host a Neighbourhood Tree Giveaway at Forest Grove United Church in June 2020. 300 trees/shrubs will be distributed.
The Long Branch Neighbourhood Association will host a Neighbourhood Tree Giveaway at the Spring Bird Festival in May 2020. 500 trees/shrubs will be distributed.
Not Far From the Tree will host a Neighbourhood Tree Giveaway focused on native fruit trees. The event will take place during the Stop’s Farmer’s Market located at Artscape Wychwood Barns. 300 trees/shrubs will be distributed.