Forest Sector Funding: Growing Canada’s Forests Program

Forest Sector Funding: Growing Canada’s Forests Program

The PFLA shared information with its members about the Federal Government’s ‘Growing Canada’s Forests’ program in its March newsletter, but we think this is worth sharing more widely. The PFLA has been in discussion with Federal Government contacts about this program and how it can be applied on privately owned forest lands. Here are some of the ins and outs about this federal funding opportunity for tree planting on public and private forest lands across Canada.

What is the ‘Growing Canada’s Forests Program’?
The Growing Canada’s Forests (GCF) Program is the Government of Canada’s response to its commitment to plant an additional two billion trees by 2030. The program aims to motivate and support new tree planting projects. Supplementary activities (e.g. additional tree planting) to expand existing tree planting projects are included.

Is the GCF Program part of climate change action?
Yes, Natural Resources Canada is looking to engage those interested in growing Canada’s forests as a nature-based solution to support national climate change actions.

Who is the GCF Program trying to attract?
The GCF Program is for those with access to land for tree planting, those with trees to plant, those looking to invest in a tree planting projects, and/or those looking to help meet the increasing demand for seedlings.

How can I apply?
The Future Participants Request for Information (RFI) seeks to identify opportunities for tree planting projects from organizations across Canada. The deadline to apply is Thursday, May 27, 2021, 5:00 pm EDT. This RFI is for organizations:

  • interested in implementing or contributing to large-scale multi-year tree planting projects
  • looking for opportunities to collaborate

For more information about the Growing Canada’s Forests Program, visit

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