Trees work hard. They absorb water, clean the air, provide shade, reduce erosion, flooding and wind tunnels, decrease heating and cooling costs and increase property values. There is a growing body of international research that supports the importance of maintaining healthy, sustainable urban forests.
Toronto has adopted the goal of increasing tree canopy coverage from 26.6 - 28% to 40% across the city. One of the primary ways of achieving this goal is through planting of new trees, with a focus on planting large canopy species.