Canadians have a deep appreciation for nature, and the Government of Canada is committed to protecting Canada’s natural spaces. Trees, through their ability to capture and store carbon, play a crucial role in fighting climate change.
Yesterday, we announced that Canada has supported the planting of over 110 million trees since the 2 Billion Trees Program was launched in 2021 – exceeding the goal to plant approximately 90 million trees during the first two years of the program and is putting us on track to achieve the two billion trees commitment.
We also launched the 2BT Indigenous Funding stream. Of the 179 2BT planting and capacity-building projects funded under the program to date, one in five projects were Indigenous-led. The government will continue to support Indigenous-led projects now through this distinctions-based approach to program delivery, which was designed in collaboration with Indigenous groups, organizations and governments and fully recognizes the diversity of Indigenous cultures and priorities.
The 2 Billion Trees program is helping to clean the air, keep neighbourhoods cool in the summer, create jobs and fight climate change while protecting nature. The program is on track to support organizations in planting two billion trees over 10 years from coast to coast to coast.