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GCF program – Future Participants

Request for Information - Open

The Growing Canada’s Forests (GCF) program is accepting Requests for Information (RFI) to identify and determine how organizations can implement or contribute to large-scale single or multi-year tree planting projects.

The program will not support organizations in meeting their legal obligations to plant trees or projects for which funding has already been secured.

Deadline: Thursday, May 27, 2021, 5:00 p.m. EDT

We want to understand your vision and capacity as we finalize the design of the GCF program. If you do not have a project in mind, but might apply to a future funding opportunity, your feedback is welcome. Participation in this RFI is encouraged, but is not a condition or prerequisite for participation in subsequent Requests for Proposals.


In 2020, the Government of Canada committed to planting an additional two billion trees over the next 10 years as part of a broader approach to nature-based climate solutions. To gather information from organizations interested in implementing or contributing to large-scale single or multiple-year tree planting projects, the Growing Canada’s Forests program is accepting submissions to its Request for Information (RFI) process. Information collected from this process will facilitate future collaborations and inform future Requests for Proposals expected to be launched later this year.


Who can submit an RFI?

Organizations that have an interest in implementing or contributing to large-scale single or multi-year tree planting projects are encouraged to submit a Request for Information (RFI) to the Growing Canada's Forests program.

To apply, your organization must be:

  • a provincial / territorial government or one of their agencies
  • a municipal or local government or one of their agencies
  • a regional municipal organization
  • a not-for-profit organization (e.g. registered charitable organizations; volunteer organizations; community, professional, industry or other associations; land conservation organization or non-government organizations
  • a for-profit organization (e.g. corporation or registered business entity)
  • an Indigenous organization (for profit or not-for-profit) or community

How to submit an RFI

  1. Download the Growing Canada’s Forests: Future Participants Respondent Guide from the CFS Publications database for detailed instructions and information
  2. Download our Request for Information form [422 kb PDF]
  3. Fill out and save your form
    • if your organization has multiple projects in mind, please submit only one application form and include additional information as necessary
    • tombstone information can be submitted as one piece with multiple projects as annexes
  4. Digitally sign the form, OR print, sign, scan and save the Authorization page as a separate file
  5. Email us your form, plus your signed Authorization page (if scanned) by Thursday, May 27, 2021, 5:00 p.m. EDT
    • in the subject line, include your province / territory and the name of your organization (e.g. 2021 RFI – MB – ABC Enterprises)
    • DO NOT send a scan of the form

To ensure the health and safety of our workers and the communities within which they will be working during the COVID-19 pandemic, we encourage all submissions be sent via email. A mailing address can be provided.

This Request for Information is not a Request for Proposal (RFP). Participation in this process does not guarantee that Natural Resources Canada will enter into an agreement with you.

Submission deadline

The deadline for Requests for Information (RFI) is Thursday, May 27, 2021, 5:00 pm EDT

The Growing Canada’s Forests program will not be assessing or providing feedback on RFIs or proposed projects. However, we may contact organizations to seek further clarity on their submission.

Organizations who indicate that they would be interested in working with other interested collaborators may be contacted directly or via Natural Resources Canada acting as an intermediary.

Where trees can be planted

Funded by the Government of Canada, the Growing Canada’s Forests 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. The program will not support organizations in meeting their legal obligations to plant trees or projects for which funding has already been secured.

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. after 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, program 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.

Have questions

To submit your RFI or request more information, please email the Growing Canada’s Forests program.

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