The Commemorative Tree and Bench Program allows the public to pay tribute to a loved one by donating and dedicating a park bench or tree in a City park.
Commemorative trees and benches are considered donations to the City of Toronto and are eligible for a tax receipt.
A separate application form is required for each tree or bench, even if the request is being submitted by the same requestor. For example, a request for one tree and one bench requires two (2) application forms.
To submit a request for a commemorative bench or tree:
Staff will provide an initial response by email within two weeks of submission. This response will confirm that the application was successfully received and has been placed in the queue for review.
Staff will review applications and will respond to applicants within 12 weeks of application receipt. The application review includes site-specific assessments by staff.
In their response staff will:
After the location for planting or installation is confirmed, applicants will receive a payment request by email. Payment in full is required before planting or installation.
If requested on the application form, donors will be mailed a certificate to recognize their commemorative donation.
The donation is tax-deductible through the Income Tax Act, Sub-paragraph 110(1) (a)(1v), and on request only.
To process payment, donors must have an eFun account set up with the City of Toronto. There are four ways to get your account set up and ready:
To retrieve information on an existing account,
Your Client and Family Number will be emailed to you. Call Client Services at 416-396-7378 for assistance.
Once you have an eFun account and have received a payment request, payment can be provided in three ways:
There are two options available for a commemorative bench:
There are two options available for a commemorative tree:
Commemorative trees can be selected from a list of available species. To ensure the best planting conditions for the tree, staff will review the choice of tree species to ensure that the selection suits the park location.
The commemorative plaque is engraved metal that accommodates a 120-character message, (including spacing and punctuation). Text is centred on the plaque.
Staff consider the following in reviewing a tree planting or bench installation request:
Some parks have reached capacity for commemorative installations and are no longer accepting applications. This list of parks at capacity will be reviewed and updated annually.
The City will replace or repair the items, at no charge to the applicant for the warranty period specified:
After the warranty period, the city reserves the right to remove any damaged plaques, benches or trees.
Requests for repairs or replacements after the warranty period will be charged to the applicant.