Ottawa (ON) – Trees provide clean air, support biodiversity, improve well-being and absorb and store carbon dioxide. Trees are part of nature-based solutions that help fight climate change and contribute to a greener, more equitable and sustainable future.
Today, the Government of Canada and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) announce that FCM’s Green Municipal Fund will contribute to Canada’s efforts to plant two billion trees through a new Growing Canada’s Community Canopies (GCCC) initiative, designed for communities across the country.
In 2024, the GCCC will launch with two goals: support municipalities and local governments in building their planning and operational capacity to undertake tree planting projects; and support these same communities in planting trees to grow their local canopies and maximize environmental and social benefits while ensuring their long-term survivability.
This initiative will help fight climate change while enhancing the quality of life for local residents by providing shade, cooling temperatures in population centres, preventing flooding, improving air quality, improving mental health, and fostering equitable access to trees across communities.
The initiative will be delivered by FCM’s GMF and includes a partnership with Tree Canada.
Tree Canada is recognized for its expertise in delivering tailored support services and knowledge to build capacity in urban forestry management, including guidance on how to improve tree species and site selection with consideration for biodiversity and climate.
GMF is a $1.6 billion program delivered by FCM and funded by the federal government.
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