2 Billion Trees Commitment

2 Billion Trees: Planting today, to grow our tomorrow #2BillionTrees

Forests and trees sustain life on Earth. Beyond the jobs that our sustainably managed forests provide, Canadians rely on forests for a wealth of benefits. Healthy forest ecosystems sustain thousands of living organisms, supply us with food, provide shelter and shade on a sunny day, clean the air we breathe and the water we drink, and hold spiritual meaning for many Canadians and Indigenous People.

Growing Canada’s forests will generate many long-term benefits.

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Human well-being: Creating new jobs; increasing green spaces for recreational opportunities; providing sanctuaries of spiritual meaning; regulating temperatures in cities; improving mental well-being and reducing risk of wildland fire and floods to our communities
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Biodiversity: Contributing to restoration of habitat for wildlife; increasing biodiversity and forest resilience to climate change by planting the right species in the right places
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Climate change: Helping the fight against climate change by capturing carbon in growing trees and reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by up to 12 million tonnes per year by 2050

Our action

To maximize the benefits to Canadians, we’re committed to planting 2 billion trees over the next 10 years – one of the pathways to achieving our goal of net-zero GHG emissions by 2050. Planting 2 billion trees is no small feat. It takes a lot of planning, preparation and many years to get from a seed to planting a tree in the ground, but the benefits last decades! Discover how we will get there together.

From seed to forest: How our 2 Billion Trees Program will get us there

Estimated Cumulative Tree Planting

Estimated Annual Tree Planting for the 2 Billion Trees Program

Note: These numbers show the estimated increase of tree planting activities over the program’s life cycle. The actual number of trees planted will vary depending on annual program budget, program applications received and other variables.

 

Spring 2021

Forging partnerships, planting trees and increasing seedling production

We are here!

The program will fund tree planting in 2021, and our partners are planning seedling production for the future.

Typically, it takes 2 to 3 years for a seed to grow into a sapling that is suitable for planting.

Fall 2021-2030

Tree planting ramps up

As the production of seedlings increases, so will tree planting activities. With partnerships forged and more trees becoming available, the program will move full steam ahead to ensure that our 2 Billion Trees goal is met by 2030.

Beyond 2031

2 billion trees planted

As trees continue to grow and are monitored for health, they will provide well-being and environmental benefits for decades to come. Canada is on its way to a net-zero future.

Map showcasing tree planting locations proposed by potential partners in the early expression of interest in 2021

The 2 Billion Tree Program

The 2 Billion Trees Program aims to motivate and support new tree planting projects. Over the next 10 years, up to $ 3.2 billion will be invested in tree planting efforts to support provinces, territories, third party organizations (for and not for profit) and Indigenous organizations.

Learn more about trees

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The power of trees

Read about what nature-based solutions are and how Canada is already planting trees to help.

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Steps and timelines in tree planting

Learn more about the steps, timelines and partnerships needed to plant a tree.

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Working together

Successfully planting 2 billion trees in 10 years hinges on partnerships across Canada, with Indigenous communities, private landowners, cities, and Provinces and Territories.

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Right tree, right place

Knowing what grows well where is just one factor in choosing the right tree. You can use My Tree app to see which trees grow best in which Canadian locations.

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