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Canada funds 300,000 trees for P.E.I. in ‘2 Billion Trees’ initiative

August 25, 2023  By CFI Staff

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Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Jonathan Wilkinson, and Prince Edward Island’s Minister of Environment, Energy and Climate Action Steven Myers have announced nearly $3 million to plant trees that will permanently expand forest cover in P.E.I. and help recover areas damaged by Hurricane Fiona.

The Government of Canada is providing $1.7 million dollars under the 2 Billion Trees program (2BT) with the remainder being provided by the Government of Prince Edward Island.

Work in P.E.I. includes expanding the J. Frank Gaudet Nursery, partnering with the PEI Watershed Alliance and local municipalities, working with the agricultural community, private sector and landowners on tree planting, and replanting hurricane-damaged forests where needed.

By expanding both urban and rural forests through the planting of approximately 300,000 trees, Islanders will benefit from increased shade, expanded habitats for local wildlife and improved air quality. These forests will also provide residents with additional space to enjoy outdoor recreation activities while also increasing P.E.I.’s resilience to climate change.


Provinces and territories are key participants in the 2BT program as managers of significant public lands, and their ambition and collaboration has been key to the program’s success to date. Canada has signed agreements in principle and contribution agreements with seven provinces and territories, including the agreement announced today with Prince Edward Island, that are already advancing our planting goals. Moving forward, Minister Wilkinson will continue to work with provinces and territories to accelerate progress under the provincial and territorial stream of the program.

Planting two billion trees requires careful planning and cultivation of seedlings in nurseries, collaboration with different levels of government, non-government organizations and Indigenous groups, and a thoughtful approach to each stage of the supply chain from seed to seedling to planting. The Government of Canada will continue to work with program recipients to deliver on this program for the benefit of all Canadians.

This summer, Wilkinson updated Canadians on the progress toward planting 2 billion trees. With 110 million trees planted through the program and its partner initiatives, the 2 Billion Trees Program has exceeded estimates of planting in its first two years by nearly 20 million.

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.


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