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Tree Planting Programs

Trees Ontario works with 65+ local tree planting agencies in Ontario, including regional Conservation Authorities and local Ontario Stewardship councils to implement its tree planting programs. Planting agencies then work directly with landowners to determine site eligibility, allocate grant funding and coordinate tree planting.

There are three planting programs currently available:

1. Trees Ontario Forest Recovery Program

The Trees Ontario Forest Recovery Program provides financial support to partners wishing to organize tree planting projects that make a significant contribution to ecological sustainability at the local level. Recipients include Trees Ontario planting agencies that have identified a specific geographic area having an ecological requirement that may in part be addressed through tree planting. The subsidy will help to reduce the tree planting costs. In turn, the planting agency provides all services required to plant the trees, including site inspection, preparation of site plan, ordering stock, site preparation, overseeing the tree planting, tending and follow-up survival assessments.

*Note: Trees Ontario Forest Recovery Program availability is dependent on donor contributions.

2. 50 Million Tree Program

The 50 Million Tree Program is designed to significantly reduce landowner's costs of large-scale tree planting and thereby increase the number of trees planted.

Click here to learn more about the 50 Million Tree program.

Landowner and Site Requirements


  • Have a productive area at least one hectare in size; smaller areas may be considered depending on the landscape context
  • Ensure land is open or mostly open and has not been a woodland as defined by the Forestry Act since December 31, 1989.
  • Sign a 15-year management agreement to maintain the trees
  • Employ good forestry practices
  • May have to assume some of the additional costs for trees, to implement the plan and to maintain the trees

3. Forest Recovery Canada Program

The Forest Recovery Canada program provides financial support to local tree planting partners across the country to promote and execute tree planting activities. Committed to enhancing the health of Canada's ecosystems, the Forest Recovery Canada Program delivers large-scale national tree planting initiatives that promote the use and application of scientifically-based forestry practices for sound forest establishment and management.

To learn more about Forest Recovery Canada click here.

*Note: Forest Recovery Canada availability is dependant on funding from national corporate partnerships.

4. Special Projects

Trees Ontario supports select special projects, which are dealt with on a case-by-case basis. Planting agency partners are asked to submit a project proposal, which will then be reviewed by a technical advisory committee.

To obtain more information about planting program eligibility, you can: complete the landowner questionnaire, contact your local planting agency, or contact Trees Ontario.