City Programs

City of Ottawa Tree Planting Programs


Ecology Ottawa welcomes the City of Ottawa as a Founding Partner in the Tree Ottawa initiative. Our goal of 1 million trees would not be attainable without the great work that the City is already doing.

The City of Ottawa has a variety of existing tree planting programs that can be found on their website. These programs have been in place and working to green-up Ottawa’s Urban Canopy for years! Below are a list of the City of Ottawa’s tree planting programs.

  • Trees in Trust: The City’s Trees in Trust program needs your help to find suitable locations for street trees. Street trees are available by request on a first come, first served basis. If your City-owned street frontage lacks a tree and you have the time and commitment to help care for one, please contact us.
  • Commemorative Tree Program: The Commemorative Tree Program was established in 1989. The City assists families or groups who wish to have a tree planted in a City park in remembrance or to commemorate a loved one who has passed away.
  • Parks and Streetscape Tree Planting: The City of Ottawa’s Forestry Services will work with your community group to determine appropriate locations for trees within your community. Project development will include opportunities for input from the public and other city departments, utility clearance checks, appropriate species selection, and an implementation plan for the planting and maintenance of the trees.
  • Schoolyard Tree Planting Grant Program: The mandate of the Schoolyard Tree Planting Grant Program is to improve and enhance Ottawa’s existing urban and rural forest cover by creating partnerships with the community for tree planting initiatives in school yards


11 Comments on “City Programs”

  1. John Wynia
    June 8, 2015 at 6:22 pm #

    We live on 13 Pullman ave and would like to get two trees for our yard that bloom nicely in the spring

    • June 21, 2015 at 8:23 pm #

      Hi John,

      Tree Ottawa does not supply trees. If you are interested in planted on your property please visit and inquire about their tree planting program. Each residence in Ottawa is entitled to one tree per property. Thank you,

      Tree Ottawa team

  2. June 21, 2015 at 8:28 pm #

    Hi Bev,

    Tree Ottawa does not deal with these matters. We help fundraise and plant new trees in the city and urge people to adopt new and existing trees. Please contact the City of Ottawa at for further information if the trees are on city property. Thank you,

    Tree Ottawa team

  3. Bev Burtnyk
    August 12, 2015 at 12:45 pm #

    URGENT!!! Please remove this post as it contains personal information and I am receiving phone calls about this program. I had requested this awhile ago by phone.

    • Bev Burtnyk
      May 19, 2016 at 9:36 pm #

      This email was suppose to be removed years ago. This is an issue of pricey rights. We are receiving phone calls for removal of tree now. Please remove all emails .

      • Velta Tomsons
        May 24, 2016 at 8:35 am #

        Good morning Bev,

        My name is Velta, I’m Ecology Ottawa’s Tree Ottawa Organizer. I’m not sure I understand what your complaint is. Please give me a call and talk me through it so I can fix it for you. 613-286-5883.


  4. May 9, 2016 at 7:08 pm #

    Just curious, which of these tree planting programs have been the most effective so far? Seems like a cool program.

  5. Angele beaupre
    May 10, 2016 at 9:04 pm #

    Can I buy a tree from the city of ottawa? There is a tree in a park, a very meaningful place in my familys heart, and we want to buy it. Can we?

    • Velta Tomsons
      May 24, 2016 at 8:39 am #

      Good morning Angele,

      To clarify, we are not the City of Ottawa. Unfortunately I can’t answer your question, but my sense would be that you can’t. Call 311 and they will direct you to the appropriate person to ask! You never know!

      I do know that you can adopt City trees. This means that you agree to water it once a week during spring, summer, fall and you help keep it healthy by mulching, and taking away weeds. You also agree to tell the City when the tree needs to be maintained (pruned, treated). If you and your family would like to adopt the tree, let me know! That’s a Tree Ottawa program.

      Best regards,


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