Trees & Ravines

Tree Planting

A residential street lined with planted trees

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.

Keep It Green

A street lined with trees on each side

Street Tree Planting

Every Tree Counts! A property owner can submit a tree planting request for the City-owned road allowance in front of their home or business. Find details and submit requests online.

A photograph of two volunteers at a City of Toronto tree planting event.

Volunteer Planting Program

Urban Forestry offers a range of volunteer opportunities in parks and ravines across the city.  Tree planting, stewardship and trail building opportunities are available spring, summer and fall. These programs are a great way to get your hands dirty and contribute to the City's tree canopy goals.  

Visit Parks, Forestry & Recreation's Volunteer Now webpage to learn how!

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Interested in a tree for your backyard?

Contact LEAF (Local Enhancement and Appreciation of Forests) which is a local non-profit group dedicated to improving Toronto's urban forest.  They offer a subsidized backyard tree planting program for Toronto residents.  The service includes on-site advice on appropriate species and planting location, a 1.2 to 1.8m tall native tree, and the planting service.  Native shrubs are also available.

Contact LEAF at 416-413-9244 or on the web at

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Tree Planting Strategy

Parks, Forestry and Recreation will develop a Tree Planting Strategy and implementation plan focusing on private public partnerships to help reach the City's target of 40 per cent tree canopy cover.