2 Billion Trees Program

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

The call for proposals is now open to organizations interested in planting trees! Assess your eligibility by answering some questions to find out which funding stream best suits your project.

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 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 to plant two billion trees across Canada.

If you are a provincial or territorial government looking to be involved, please contact the 2 Billion Tree program team.

What projects are eligible?

This call for proposals includes two different types of funding: one for cost-shared tree planting projects and one for capacity building grants.

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
  • 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:

  • 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 2 Billion Trees Program will not fund planting activities in areas like these in order to maintain the ecological diversity of existing ecosystems.
The 2 Billion Trees Program will also not fund projects:

The 2 Billion Trees Program currently also will not fund projects that will seek carbon offset credits.

When can I apply?

The deadline to apply for this round of funding is February 17, 2022, 14:00 Eastern Standard Time. Subsequent funding rounds will be available in the near future. The 2BT program intends on making this call for proposals ongoing so that you can apply at different times of the year. If your project is not 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 April 2022.

Assess your eligibility

Answer some questions to find out which funding stream best suits your project. Eligible applicants are welcome to apply for more than one funding stream. However, each project submitted must be unique.

Are you an organization or an individual?

  • Organization, including for-profit organizations, non-profit organizations, municipalities or communities, Indigenous communities and organizations, both for and non-profit
  • Individual

Why is it important to plant trees?

Tree planting under the 2 Billion Trees 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 2 Billion Trees 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.

Have questions?

For more information, please email the 2 Billion Trees program.

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