CN and Tree Canada, a leading national tree-planting charity, are supporting 26 communities with tree planting grants of up to $25,000. These grants are a part of the CN EcoConnexions – From the Ground Up initiative that invests in community greening projects across Canada.

Thanks to CN’s environmental leadership, the CN EcoConnexions From the Ground Up initiative has been greening communities since 2012 with sustainable, environmentally responsible tree-planting projects. Tree Canada experts work closely with communities to make each project an opportunity for community members to gather and celebrate the benefits of trees and urban green spaces.

This year’s recipient communities are:

Kamloops, BC Toronto, ON Montréal, QC
Surrey, BC London, ON Québec, QC
Vancouver, BC Strathcoy-Caradoc, ON Laval, QC
Edmonton, AB Mississauga, ON Longueuil, QC
Winnipeg, MB Brampton, ON Gatineau, QC
Regina, SK Hamilton, ON Halifax, NS
Saskatoon, SK Niagara Falls, ON St John’s, NFLD
Windsor, ON Ottawa, ON Calgary, AB
Kitchener, ON Guelph, ON

 

“Tree Canada is excited to continue our partnership with CN to bring CN EcoConnexions From the Ground Up to 26 deserving communities across Canada,” said Danielle St-Aubin, CEO of Tree Canada. “With this program, CN is creating a lasting legacy of sustainability for present and future generations, providing funding and much-needed awareness to the value of trees and green spaces to our health and well-being, as well as the environment.”

Tree Canada is the only national non-profit organization dedicated to planting and nurturing trees in rural and urban environments. Through its programs, research and engagement efforts, it has helped restore tree cover in areas hit by natural disasters, guided communities in managing their urban forests, supported over 700 schoolyard greening projects and organized urban forest conferences. To date, with community partners and sponsors, the organization has planted more than 83 million trees.

“At CN, we want to make a positive impact on the communities along our network, and together with our employees, retirees, and partners we are committed to fostering safe and sustainable communities wherever we do business,” said Sean Finn, executive vice-president of corporate services and chief legal officer for CN.

“Since the creation of this program in 2012, with the support of our partner, Tree Canada, we have helped plant over 2 million trees in municipalities and Indigenous communities from coast to coast. By doing so, we are contributing to a sustainable future, one community at a time.”

For further information on CN EcoConnexions From the Ground Up funding opportunities, visit: https://treecanada.ca/greening-communities/cn-ecoconnexions-from-the-ground-up/

Featured image by Noah Busched, unsplash.

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