News Release
April 22, 2024

Today on Earth Day, the City of Toronto celebrates being named a Tree City of the World for the fifth consecutive year. 

This designation, awarded in partnership by the Arbor Day Foundation and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, recognizes the City’s commitment to ensuring sustainable and healthy urban forests, protecting local ecosystems and enhancing its resilience to climate change. 

The City plants approximately 120,000 trees each year while managing and maintaining the urban forest that makes up the 11.5 million trees found across the city. These efforts are to help the City achieve its 40 per cent tree canopy cover target by 2050. As well, the City engages the public through tours, talks and hands-on planting and stewardship events to increase knowledge and appreciation of Toronto’s urban forest and natural environment. 

With only 200 cities around the world being recognized in 2023 as a tree city of the world, Toronto is one of the only 18 cities recognized in Canada. 

Learn more about planting trees in Toronto, including how residents and business owners can make a request for trees to be planted on the City’s Tree Planting webpage.

Toronto is home to more than three million people whose diversity and experiences make this great city Canada’s leading economic engine and one of the world’s most diverse and livable cities. As the fourth largest city in North America, Toronto is a global leader in technology, finance, film, music, culture and innovation and climate action, and consistently places at the top of international rankings due to investments championed by its government, residents and businesses. For more information visit the City’s website or follow us on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook.

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