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Growing Canada’s Forests program

Working together to plant 2 billion trees

The Growing Canada’s Forests (GCF) program is the Government of Canada’s response to its commitment to plant an additional two billion trees by 2030.

We are seeking Requests for Information (RFI) from potential future participants interested in implementing or contributing to large-scale single or multiple-year tree planting projects.

We are also accepting Expressions of Interests (EOI) from experienced organizations for early start projects to implement new tree planting projects or add to existing tree planting projects for the fast approaching 2021 growing season. 

Neither this Request for Information nor this Expression of Interest is a Request for Proposals (RFP). Participation in either process does not guarantee that Natural Resources Canada will enter into a funding agreement with you.

Natural Resources Canada is looking to engage those interested in growing Canada’s forests as a nature-based solution to support national climate change actions.

If your organization has access to land for tree planting, has trees to plant, is looking to invest in a tree planting project, is looking to help meet the increasing demand for seedlings or are seeking to participate in this historic program, our request for information and/or our expression of interest processes might interest you.

Future Participants

The Future Participants Request for Information (RFI) seeks to identify opportunities for tree planting projects from organizations across Canada.

This RFI is for organizations:

  • interested in implementing or contributing to large-scale multi-year tree planting projects
  • looking for opportunities to collaborate

We want to understand your vision and capacity. Let us know how your organization can participate by submitting a RFI.

Deadline: Thursday, May 27, 2021, 5:00 pm EDT

Early Start Projects for 2021

The Early Start Projects Expression of Interest (EOI) seeks to identify potential cost-sharing projects for the 2021 planting season.

This EOI is for organizations that have:

  • proven experience in delivering large-scale tree planting projects, and
  • access to trees and land to plant this year

Let us know if your organization has an interest in implementing large-scale tree planting projects or expanding existing plans for 2021, by submitting your EOI.

Deadline: Thursday, March 25, 2021, 5:00 pm EDT

Applications will be assessed as they are received.

Where trees can be planted

Funded by the Government of Canada, the Growing Canada’s Forests (GCF) program aims to motivate and support new tree planting projects. Supplementary activities (e.g. additional tree planting) to expand existing tree planting projects are included.

Trees can be planted:

  • on public and private lands across the country
  • in remote, rural, suburban and urban areas
  • via afforestation, which is the creation of new forest cover on lands that currently do not have trees (e.g abandoned fields)
  • via reforestation, which is the regeneration of forests that have temporarily lost their tree cover through natural disturbances (e.g. wildland fire) or in areas where commercial disturbances (e.g. forestry roads and landings, mining or seismic lines) have occurred, but for which there is no current legal requirement to plant trees.
  • to restore forest habitat, including under recovery strategies for species at risk, conservation agreements and related planning processes (e.g. range plans)

Tree planting projects must comply with provincial, territorial and federal laws that have authority over the management of most forested land in their jurisdictions.

Where trees cannot be planted

There are many types of natural ecosystems and these environments contribute to biodiversity. To maintain a diversity of ecosystems in Canada, tree planting projects funded by the Growing Canada’s Forests program cannot occur on lands where other ecosystems provide unique habitats for plants and animals.

For example, native grassland ecosystems are dominated by species of grasses and shrubs unique to these environments and some animal species have adapted to thrive in these conditions. In this example, GCF funding cannot be used to plant trees in a native grassland ecosystem because adding trees would affect the ecological integrity of that existing ecosystem.

The Growing Canada's Forests program will not fund tree planting projects:

  • that help organizations meet their legal obligations to regenerate forests
  • for which funding has already been identified

Tree planting projects to regenerate forests following commercial harvesting on public lands will not be funded as this is a legal obligation under sustainable forest management regimes.

About this program

The Government of Canada is committed to planting an additional 2 Billion Trees over the next 10 years as part of a broader approach to nature-based climate solutions. In its Fall Economic Statement of 2020, the Government allocated up to $3.16 billion over ten years for this historic tree planting effort.

Tree planting under the Growing Canada’s Forest program will help Canada exceed its 2030 Paris Agreement greenhouse gases emissions reduction target and establish the building blocks to get to net-zero by 2050. Planting trees will also contribute to the restoration of habitat and provide a multitude of other social, cultural, environmental and economic benefits.

To maximize the benefits to Canadians, the right trees must be planted in the right place and monitored to ensure survival. Growing Canada’s forests will generate many long-term benefits such as increasing biodiversity, cleaning air and water, creating green jobs, reducing community risks to natural disasters, cooling cities and enhancing the well-being of Canadians for generations to come.

Have questions?

For more information, please email the Growing Canada’s Forests program.

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