January 25, 2023 Winnipeg, Manitoba Natural Resources Canada
Trees play a vital role in the fight against climate change and biodiversity loss. That is why Canada has committed to planting two billion trees across the country. From the Assiniboine Forest to Bunn’s Creek Parkway, Winnipeg is home to urban forests, winding riverbanks and large open green spaces.
Today, Terry Duguid, Member of Parliament for Winnipeg South and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, on behalf of the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Natural Resources, joined Winnipeg Mayor Scott Gillingham to launch the Home Grown tree planting grant program. Supported by a federal investment of more than $7 million over five years, this program will plant over 71,000 trees across Winnipeg and contribute to Canada’s collective effort to plant two billion trees.
The Home Grown tree planting grant program will lead to reduced climate-warming emissions, increase forest tree cover, and expand and improve habitat covers along riverbanks. The expansion of green recreational spaces will help support mental and physical health through the increase of clean air quality. These efforts will also combat erosion, sedimentation and pollutants in the area.
The project will also support community members in raising public awareness of urban forest benefits and the importance of environmental stewardship.
The City of Winnipeg is a model example of local, urban tree-planting efforts. To continue to protect and ensure a safe, sustainable environment for future generations, revitalization efforts to maintain our forested areas are key. Planting the right trees, in the right areas, ensures the growth of our natural environment to fight climate change and restore nature.