Forests Ontario

50 Million Tree Program

50 Million Tree Program Cancellation

Unfortunately in late April Forests Ontario received notice that the Ontario Government has cancelled funding for this Program.

Forests Ontario has administered the 50 Million Tree Program since 2007. With the help of our 65 planting partners Forests Ontario has assisted many landowners to plant over 27 million trees on their properties, on both private and public land for the past 12 years.

Forests Ontario’s mission is to be the voice of Ontario’s forests by supporting forest restoration, stewardship, education and awareness. Trees are of vital importance to our collective health. Trees prevent erosion, purify water, absorb rainwater, sequester carbon and provide us all with clean air to breathe.

To learn more about the impact of the program, download our FAQ sheet about the 50 Million Tree Program.

The goal of the 50 Million Tree Program was to plant 50 million trees by 2025. We helped more than 4,000 landowners get involved.

Planting trees is a practical way to get more from your property, give back to the community, and help the environment. Landowners that worked with us were able to increase the value of their land, improve the quality of the soil, increase wildlife habitat, enhance recreational opportunities, improve the overall health of the environment and leave a lasting legacy.

Landowners also helped us contribute to an overall increase in forest cover in Ontario, which still remains one of our most important goals.

The 50 Million Tree Program was inspired by global efforts to plant billions of trees worldwide each year, but was designed with Ontario landowners in mind.


What people said about the program

“Planting a large number of trees is a challenging task. Forests Ontario and their dedicated partners ensure millions of trees are successfully planted each year under the Ontario government’s 50 Million Tree Program creating new forests on idle lands throughout Ontario.”
Rob Spence, MNRF Administrator of the 50 Million Tree Program and the Managed Forest Tax Incentive Program

“If I knew planting through the 50 Million Tree Program would have been so easy and  inexpensive, I would have done it years ago.”
Mark Cullen, Canada’s Favourite Gardener, Green Leader