Private Land Planting Program

Toronto and Region Conservation Authority’s (TRCA) Private Land Planting Program helps landowners to restore and improve their properties through the planting of native trees and shrubs.

Our programs offer up to 90% funding* for eligible projects, full planting services, and the supply of native trees and shrubs, many of which are grown in our own nursery from locally collected seeds.

With more than 50 years of planting and forest management experience, our professionally trained staff provide the technical, financial, and implementation support to see your project develop from an idea into action.

Contact us today to discuss your project ideas and book your no-obligation site visit.


TRCA Private Land Tree Planting program flyer

tree planting project in progress on rural property

“The results of planting trees through this program are a daily joy to appreciate in each season, including seeing the steady growth of the plantings and the unforeseen benefit of the increased variety of wildlife. The financial benefits from planting trees to qualify for the Managed Forest Tax Incentive Program was another extra bonus!”
Stephanie Manning, Region of Peel resident

Is Your Property Eligible?

Private properties with a minimum land size of 2 acres (0.8 hectares) within TRCA’s jurisdiction are eligible for the following tree planting project types:

  • Planting along stream banks or seasonally wet areas such as pond perimeters, marshes, and wetlands
  • Establishing windbreaks and/or hedgerows for wildlife habitat
  • Establishing new woodlots
  • Connecting or expanding established woodlots
  • Understory plantings in existing forest
  • Restoring marginal farmland

Orders for plant materials and planting services for the spring must be received by December 1 of the preceding year.

TRCA team member working on reforestation project
TRCA reforestation crew plants stakes in ground on rural property
TRCA team member plants tree on rural property

What Programs Does TRCA Offer?


Includes the following:

  1. Free site visit and technical support
  2. Customized planting plan for your property
  3. Funding available up to 90%, depending on municipality and scope of project
  4. Delivery and installation of plant stock and materials
  5. Experienced planting staff to complete your project efficiently and carefully, generally within one day


TRCA staff will provide plant materials for you to pick up from our nursery to plant on your property.

Native Trees and Shrubs*

  • Deciduous trees from $1.17 per seedling
  • Coniferous from $0.95 per seedling
  • 100–150 cm bare root deciduous trees from $10.00 per tree
  • 25–30 cm wildlife shrubs from $5.25 per shrub
  • 60–100 cm potted coniferous trees from $10.00 per tree
  • Ball and burlap coniferous trees from $21.00 per tree
  • Various mulch mats are available for a fee
  • Rodent guards supplied for $1.00 per guard

*Prices vary according to species and size. A $15.00 shipping fee applies to all supply-only orders. Taxes are extra. Minimum orders of 30 BR trees or 75 Shrubs or combination of both or 100 seedlings are required. Some conditions apply. See program terms and conditions.

“Working with TRCA over the past 12 years, as the property has become reforested one area at a time, has been a pleasure. The trees have added year-round beauty … The wildlife has increased and the trees reduce the impact of wind and snow as well as erosion on our hills. It’s the best investment we’ve made in our property.”
Lisa Williams, York Region resident

What Are The Benefits of Tree Planting?

  • Reduce the amount of lawn to maintain and add variety to your landscape
  • Protect and improve water quality in the streams and ponds on your property
  • Reduce home energy costs by providing shade and shelter
  • Transform open fields into forests
  • Create habitat and attract a variety of pollinators, birds, and other wildlife
  • Improve outdoor recreation opportunities
  • Develop a sense of well-being through your contribution to the natural environment
  • Contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gases

Accomplishments – 2015 to 2019

Total trees and shrubs planted
Total hectares
Projects on
private land
Projects on
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Contact Us

To get more information on TRCA’s Tree Planting Services or to book your free, no-obligation site visit, please complete and submit our Information Request Form and one of our Reforestation & Stewardship Coordinators will contact you.



TRCA Forestry and MFTIP Planning Services

Southern Ontario’s forests are key to both human and ecosystem health. Forests help clean the air we breathe and protect the waters we drink. They are the home to a wide diversity of plants and animals, and they can provide us with valuable forest products.

Over the past 40 years, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) has managed more than 6,000 hectares (15,000 acres) of forested lands across our watershed in Peel, York, and Durham Regions. This wealth of knowledge and experience is available to private landowners through our Forestry Services Program.

trees in a forest

We Can Help You …

  • Prepare and implement a Forest Management & Stewardship Plan for your property.
  • Save 75% on your forest’s property taxes through the Managed Forest Tax Incentive Program (MFTIP).
  • Manage your forest plantation to restore a mixed hardwood forest.
  • Identify & control invasive species.
  • Prepare a Sustainable Harvest Plan for hardwood forests and conifer plantations including Tree Marking by Provincially Certified Tree Markers.
  • Increase tree species and wildlife shrub diversity or increase existing forest area and connectivity through tree planting.

Depending on where you live and the nature of the service(s) we provide, assistance may be available to cover a portion of the costs associated with our services.

Managed Forest Tax Incentive Program

The Ontario Managed Forest Tax Incentive Program (MFTIP) is a voluntary program that can save landowners 75% of property taxes on eligible portions of their property. This provincial program recognizes the importance of privately owned forests and the benefits they provide all Ontarians.

To qualify a property must:

  • Have at least 4 hectares (9.88 acres) of forest; this may include newly planted areas.
  • Be at least 50% Canadian owned
  • Have an approved Managed Forest Plan following good forestry practices

New program applications must be submitted by June 30 to enter the program in the following calendar year. For complete program eligibility and application requirements visit the MFTIP website.

The Toronto and Region Conservation has a wealth of experience in preparing MFTIP plans that support activities under our Tree Planting and Forestry Services programs throughout our watershed in Peel, York, and Durham Regions.

TRCA staff can prepare and approve a Managed Forest Plan individually designed to help you achieve your own objectives for your property. Depending on your objectives, a management plan may include:

  • Tree planting
  • Wildlife habitat projects and monitoring
  • Establishing and/or maintaining a recreational trail
  • Monitoring general forest health
  • Managing forest plantations to restore a mixed hardwood forest
  • Commercial timber harvests following good forestry practices

Depending on where you live and the nature of the service(s) we provide, assistance may be available to cover a portion of the costs associated with our services.