Canada's Condominium Magazine
Forests Ontario partnered with community groups, schools, families, and corporations to mark the province’s 150th birthday by planting over a million trees under Ontario’s Green Leaf Challenge in 2017. The number of trees reached one million on December 13, 2017 with the addition of Grand River Conservation Authority’s 88,867 trees. Grand River Conservation Authority, City of Toronto, and City of Ottawa are the campaign’s top three planting organizations.
“It is inspiring to see the commitment that Ontario communities have shown in growing a greener and healthier province,” said Forests Ontario CEO Rob Keen. “We planted alongside thousands of volunteers at community tree-planting events across the province, rain or shine. Thank you for the tremendous community support of the GLC; we invite Ontarians to join us again this spring at our community planting events.”
Those who participated in the challenge and shared their contributions are displayed on the challenge’s website. The website also breaks down contributions by category: individuals, small organizations, large organizations, businesses, and schools.
“Thanks to everyone who participated in the Green Leaf Challenge, helping us plant and count 1,4550,078 trees across Ontario,” said Nathalie Des Rosiers, Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry. “Last year, we celebrated Ontario’s 150th birthday. What better gift to our province than planting trees to help protect Ontario’s people, air, water, and wildlife against the impacts of climate change.”
While the original goal of three million trees was not reached by the end of the year, the total number of trees planted under the program has reached 1,459,082 at the time of this article. “As Canada’s leading general contractor, PCL is known for achieving and exceeding our partners’ sustainable enterprise goals for their projects,” said Senior Vice President of PCL Constructors Canada, Todd Craigen. “With a shared commitment to reducing our carbon footprint and improving quality of life, we welcomed the opportunity to partner with Forests Ontario and the provincial government to provide our employees with saplings which have counted towards Ontario’s Green Leaf Challenge.”
The trees will increase Ontario’s canopy cover and green community spaces, while also improving air and water quality, enhancing wildlife habitats, and aid in the fight against climate change. Additionally, the trees signify a commitment to our environment, leaving behind a legacy that will pave the way for future generations to enjoy a cleaner, healthier Ontario.