Growing Canada’s Forests program
The Expression of Interest and Request for Information are now closed! Stay tuned for program updates as we prepare for a new call for proposals for the fall to help us deliver on the 2 billion tree commitment.
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 $3.2 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.
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.
The Future Participants Request for Information (RFI) was launched to identify opportunities for tree planting projects from organizations across Canada.
Early Start Projects for 2021
The Early Start Projects Expression of Interest (EOI) was launched to identify potential cost-sharing projects for the 2021 planting season.
For more information, please email the Growing Canada’s Forests program.
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