One Canopy - Tree planting strategy

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This consultation is now closed. An engagement summary has been added to the documents list. Please note the council date has moved to January 2023



How can we double the number of trees in Guelph?

The One Canopy strategy aims to increase tree planting efforts across the community using a mix of public and private land to achieve 40 percent canopy cover in Guelph.

Guelph’s Official Plan requires doubling our current tree canopy in 10 years. City’s recent Urban Forest Study shows that area available on City-owned land suitable for planting trees is not enough to meet Guelph’s canopy cover goals. It also showed that the City’s current planting efforts are not enough to achieve our targets.

To meet our community goal, we’re going to need to incentive everyone – homeowners, developers, landowners and businesses – to plant trees across the city. To develop this strategy, please consider and share your stories and testimonials on current planting efforts privately or with the City, barriers you see to equitable canopy cover and what role you see yourself, businesses, developers and neighbours playing in planting efforts on public and private land.

We want to hear from you!

  • Use our survey to tell us about trees on your property. Whether or not you own a property, tell us about your interests around trees and what it would take to get you and people like you planting. You will find two surveys below, one for residents and one for businesses, institutions and organizations with private property.
  • Share an idea and get the conversation rolling about what the City can do to inspire and promote tree planting around Guelph
  • Put a pin on a map to tell us abut tree planting activities, organized planting events, or spaces that would be amazing host a planting event.
  • Attend a virtual workshop:
    • Feb 16, 6:30 – 8 p.m. – Public Workshop. Attend using this link and password: PlantTrees (this event will be broadcast live on guelph.ca/live and on our Facebook page
    • February 17, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m – Business, institutions and other private land owner workshop. Attend using this link and password: PlantTrees.

This consultation is now closed. An engagement summary has been added to the documents list. Please note the council date has moved to January 2023



How can we double the number of trees in Guelph?

The One Canopy strategy aims to increase tree planting efforts across the community using a mix of public and private land to achieve 40 percent canopy cover in Guelph.

Guelph’s Official Plan requires doubling our current tree canopy in 10 years. City’s recent Urban Forest Study shows that area available on City-owned land suitable for planting trees is not enough to meet Guelph’s canopy cover goals. It also showed that the City’s current planting efforts are not enough to achieve our targets.

To meet our community goal, we’re going to need to incentive everyone – homeowners, developers, landowners and businesses – to plant trees across the city. To develop this strategy, please consider and share your stories and testimonials on current planting efforts privately or with the City, barriers you see to equitable canopy cover and what role you see yourself, businesses, developers and neighbours playing in planting efforts on public and private land.

We want to hear from you!

  • Use our survey to tell us about trees on your property. Whether or not you own a property, tell us about your interests around trees and what it would take to get you and people like you planting. You will find two surveys below, one for residents and one for businesses, institutions and organizations with private property.
  • Share an idea and get the conversation rolling about what the City can do to inspire and promote tree planting around Guelph
  • Put a pin on a map to tell us abut tree planting activities, organized planting events, or spaces that would be amazing host a planting event.
  • Attend a virtual workshop:
    • Feb 16, 6:30 – 8 p.m. – Public Workshop. Attend using this link and password: PlantTrees (this event will be broadcast live on guelph.ca/live and on our Facebook page
    • February 17, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m – Business, institutions and other private land owner workshop. Attend using this link and password: PlantTrees.
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Tree planting event sites

10 months

Take some time to share where tree planting events have happened in the past, and what City lands you would like to see tree planting events happen on in the future.

Potential City planting areas along roads and City owned properties are outlined in orange.

Use the  button to select a pin and place it on the map.


CLOSED: This map consultation has concluded.
Page last updated: 31 May 2022, 11:43 AM