November 5, 2015
City of Toronto working on a Tree Planting Strategy
The City of Toronto's Parks, Forestry and Recreation division, in consultation with
Toronto Water, Transportation Services, City Planning and Economic Development and
Culture, will develop a Tree Planting Strategy to inspire action to reach the City's
target of 40 per cent tree canopy cover over the next 30 to 40 years. The
development of the strategy will also involve consultation with residents, the
public, internal and external stakeholders and community partners.
Toronto currently has 26.6 per to 28 per cent tree canopy cover, representing 10.2
million trees. About 40 per cent of these trees are on City lands, with the
remaining 60 per cent on private lands. The City will work with community
stakeholders to develop a planting strategy that focuses on increasing tree planting
and stewardship on private lands.
"I am committed to strengthening our tree canopy. Toronto's urban forest enhances
the quality of life for all of us," said Mayor John Tory. "These consultations and
strategy will give us a long-term plan to expand our tree canopy throughout the
"The City is committed to stewardship of our urban forest on both public and private
lands," said Councillor Glenn De Baeremaeker (Ward 38 Scarborough Centre), Toronto's
Tree Advocate. "A Tree Planting Strategy will help to protect, maintain and expand
this vital green infrastructure."
"Trees provide important environmental, social, and economic benefits to our city,"
said Councillor Michelle Berardinetti (Ward 35 Scarborough Southwest), Chair of the
Parks and Environment Committee. "I encourage everyone to provide input into the
development of this strategy and help us meet our tree canopy goals."
The public is invited to provide input through an online survey at
http://bit.ly/1GIWkLr or by attending one of the upcoming public meetings:
* Monday, November 16, Scarborough Civic Centre, Council Chamber, 150 Borough
Dr., 6:30 to 9 p.m.
* Tuesday, November 17, Etobicoke Civic Centre, Council Chamber, 399 The West
Mall, 6:30 to 9 p.m.
* Monday, November 30, Toronto City Hall, Committee Room 2, 100 Queen St. W.,
6:30 to 9 p.m.
More information about the Tree Planting Strategy is available at http://ow.ly/UibNp.
Toronto is Canada's largest city, the fourth largest in North America, and home to a
diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business,
finance, arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable
cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto
residents, businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca, call 311, 24
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Media contact: Ray Vendrig, Parks, Forestry and Recreation, 416-392-5378