2 Billion Trees Program
Thank you for your interest in 2BT. We received over 200 applications. The program will review proposals through a rigorous evaluation process. We expect to contact successful applicants with funding decisions by June 2022.
2 billion trees over 10 years is one part of our commitment to nature-based climate solutions
The 2 Billion Trees (2BT) program aims to motivate and support new tree planting projects. Over a period of 10 years, by 2031, 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 to plant two billion trees across Canada.
If you are a provincial or territorial government looking to be involved, please contact the 2BT program team.
Where trees can be planted:
- on public and private lands across the country;
- in remote, rural, suburban and urban areas;
- via afforestation – the creation of new forest cover on lands that currently do not have trees (e.g. abandoned lands);
- via reforestation – 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; and,
- 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:
- 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 that are essential to various animal species. The 2BT program will not fund planting activities in areas like these in order to maintain the ecological diversity of existing ecosystems.
The 2BT program will also not fund projects:
- that help organizations meet their legal obligations to regenerate forests, such as a legal obligation to regenerate after harvesting under sustainable forest management regimes;
- for which funding from 2BT would replace/displace other secured funding sources; or,
- that regenerate forests on private lands as part of business-as-usual commercial forestry activities
When can I apply?
Subsequent funding rounds will be available in the future. The 2BT program intends on creating an ongoing call for proposals so that you can apply at different times of the year. If your project is not yet ready, you will have other opportunities to apply for funding. More details on the ongoing nature of the Call for Proposals process will be available in Fall 2022.
Why is it important to plant trees?
Tree planting under the 2BT 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.
The 2BT program will generate many long-term benefits such as contributing to the restoration of habitat, 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.
For more information, please email the 2BT program.
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