2 Billion Trees Commitment
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Read about what nature-based solutions are and how Canada is already planting trees to help.
Learn more about the steps, timelines and partnerships needed to plant a tree.
Successfully planting 2 billion trees in 10 years hinges on partnerships across Canada, with Indigenous communities, private landowners, cities, and Provinces and Territories.
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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