Planting Trees in Toronto as Part of Two Billion Trees


TORONTO, August 6, 2021 / CNW / – There is no path to net zero emissions that does not involve from Canada forests. Planting trees is a natural climate solution that removes and stores carbon from the atmosphere while providing other benefits such as better air and water quality, especially in urban settings, supporting biodiversity and reducing the risk of forest fires in rural communities. It also offers leisure spaces that improve our quality of life and our connection with nature.

Today, Robert oliphant, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, on behalf of the Honorable Seamus O’Regan Jr., Minister of Natural Resources, announced $ 196,478 to the City of Toronto in support of the government of from Canada plan to plant two billion trees over 10 years. This project will see the planting of 10,000 trees along the Betty Sutherland Trail and improve local forest cover. Afforestation of existing grasslands will provide a significant urban forest area for an area with many high density housing units.

The Two Billion Trees program is suing the government of from Canada existing efforts to advance tree planting as an important part of the solution to climate change. from Canada The plan to plant two billion trees is expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 12 megatonnes per year by 2050. It will create up to 4,300 green jobs.

With the help of dedicated organizations across the country, we are cultivating healthy, vibrant and sustainably managed forests, leaving behind a green legacy for future generations.

Natural Resources Canada is implementing this plan with the support of Environment and Climate Change Canada and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. Planting two billion trees represents a 40 percent annual increase in the number of trees planted in Canada and will see trees planted in urban and rural areas across the country. In 10 years, the new trees will cover more than 1.1 million hectares, an area twice the size of Prince Edward Island.


“Anyone who has enjoyed the many parks and trails along the Don Valley will appreciate the importance of trees and forests to our ecosystem. Forests help keep our air and water clean and store carbon from the atmosphere. We owe it to young people everywhere. Canada to protect the environment and wildlife and to create good jobs. “

Robert oliphant
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs
Deputy of Don Valley West

“Planting two billion trees is more than a climate action plan. It is a plan to create thousands of good green jobs. We are rolling out tree planting projects across the country. Planting trees takes us to net zero. “

The Honorable Seamus O’Regan Jr.
Minister of Natural Resources

“I am delighted to accept this funding on behalf of the City of Toronto to support the planting of 10,000 trees along Betty Sutherland Trail Park. These trees will cover 5.5 hectares of land and help the City meet its target of 40 percent forest cover by Toronto. Thank you to the government of Canada to make that investment. Once again, we see the positive impact we can have on our city, our residents and our environment when governments work together. “

John tory
Mayor, City of Toronto

“Once the 10,000 trees establish themselves along the Betty Sutherland Trail Park, they will extend the forest cover and provide many ecological benefits to surrounding neighborhoods.

To advise Denzil Minnan Wong (Don Valley East)
Deputy Mayor, City of Toronto

“Trees and public green spaces are particularly important in urban environments like the City of Toronto, where many residents live in apartments and condominiums. Planting 10,000 new trees in our city will ultimately strengthen our canopy while removing carbon from our air and improving our natural infrastructure. Thanks to Natural Resources Canada for their support. “

To advise Jennifer mckelvie (Scarborough-Rouge Park)
President of the Infrastructures and Environment Commission
City of Toronto

Fast facts

  • The government of Canada committed until $ 3.2 billion over 10 years, from 2021-2022, to meet this commitment.
  • This is part of a larger government of Canada approach to embracing the power of nature, recently announced as part of from Canada strengthened climate plan, A healthy environment and a healthy economy.
  • The government has established an Expert Advisory Panel on Nature-Based Climate Solutions to advise on the implementation of programs to maximize emissions reductions and leverage key biodiversity co-benefits. and human well-being to improve the quality of life of Canadians.

Related links

Commitment of 2 billion trees
A healthy environment and a healthy economy
Nature-based solutions for climate change mitigation and adaptation

SOURCE Natural Resources Canada

For further information: Ian Cameron, Acting Director of Communications, Office of the Minister of Natural Resources, 613-447-3488, [email protected]; Media Relations, Natural Resources Canada, Ottawa, 343-292-6100, [email protected]

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