Working together to plant 2 billion trees

An initiative this big and complex will rely on strong partnerships across Canada to succeed. Since it was announced in 2019, Natural Resources Canada has been working in partnership with Environment and Climate Change Canada and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada to help make progress on the initiative. Its success will also hinge on partnerships with Indigenous communities, organizations and the many stakeholders involved in the tree planting supply chain, both direct and indirect, such as provinces and territories, the private sector, academia, non-government organizations, urban planners and individual Canadians.

The Government of Canada is committed to planting 2 billion trees the right way. While planting a tree might sound simple, ensuring that it can be done on this scale and in a sustainable, inclusive manner that supports biodiversity requires careful planning so that the right tree is planted in the right place.

Project timeline to date

Fall 2019: Commitment

The Government of Canada has committed to planting an incremental 2 billion trees over 10 years to use the power of nature to help fight climate change.

Spring-summer 2020: Options for implementation

Based on past experience and information gathered to date, one of the options for implementation could be to establish cost-shared partnerships with a number of organizations: provinces and territories, Indigenous organizations and communities, the private sector, and communities and municipalities.

Fall 2020: Defining practical considerations

Now, we turn our attention to understanding the decision-making process for tree planting to ensure the initiative responds to strengths and needs along the tree planting supply chain, maximizing long-term results for Canadians.

Engagement sessions

In March 2020, Natural Resources Canada hosted a workshop to share information, discuss anticipated challenges and opportunities, and examine options for partnerships to plant trees.

In November 2020, Natural Resources Canada held four engagement discussions with over 700 participants:

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