Tree Canada is looking for companies, organizations or municipalities interested in planting trees for our National Greening Program (NGP), a program which supports large-scale tree planting projects in five regions across Canada: British Colombia (including YT, NT, NU), Prairies (AB, MB, SK), Quebec, Ontario and the Maritimes (NB, NS, PE, NL). The program assists First Nations, conservation organizations and municipalities to carry out planting projects where there is a need for forest rehabilitation, afforestation or ecosystem restoration.

Project timeline:

Tree Canada is preparing for its planting operations in 2021-2022. This request for proposals is for two planting seasons: spring or fall 2021 and spring or fall 2022.

Project size:

Project size will differ per region due to regional specific contributions, however, will range from 20,000 to 50,000 trees per project per year.

Who we are looking for:

Tree planting contractors, municipalities and not-for-profit organizations (such as conservation organizations) interested in being part of Tree Canada’s National Greening Program.

It is preferred that a single organization take on the entire tree-planting project.

Our requirements:

– A site must be found and submitted with the proposal form. The site cannot be part of a timber license (other provincial crown land is also low in priority) but can be on municipal, First Nations, or private land. The landowner must be prepared to sign an agreement (see attached example in Appendix 1).

– Tree Canada and its partners are proud to support regreening projects across the country. ; Contributions to Tree Canada are made with the expectation of creating a lasting impact and therefore we require those who actually own the proposed lands (“the landowners”) to sign an agreement that guarantees they will keep the lands forested for a minimum of 50 years (negotiable).

– Areas of high environmental value and/or subjected to naturally-caused disturbances, and rehabilitation of sites, will receive the highest priority. Soil conditions will also be considered as part of the bid process.

– The number of trees to be planted for 2022 has not yet been confirmed but will be so by January 15th, 2022. It is estimated that approximately 500,000 trees per year will be planted. The number of trees to be planted for 2021 is not confirmed as of yet but will be so by January 15, 2021. Spring plantings must be completed by June 15, 2021, and 2022; Fall planting must be completed by September 30, 2021, and 2022.

– The program depends on sponsorship, small and large. We receive last-minute sponsor contributions, so it is of benefit to know if projects can expand. What is the maximum number of trees that could be planted on the project?

– The successful contractor will be required to sign an interim agreement by September 30, 2020, and a final agreement by February 28, 2021, with Tree Canada / Arbres Canada.

– Information on seedling stock quality, the origin of stock and what seed zone it belongs to must be provided. Type of planting stock (i.e. barefoot, plugs) will also be considered in the review of the bids.

– Site preparation should be included in the price quote, however, if site preparation is not required please provide a detailed explanation.

– The contractor is required to look after all shipments of the planting stock to the planting sites, provide proper handling and storage and return empty containers.

– The contractor is required to provide a digital map/shapefile/GPS points of the proposed expected project boundary upon submission of the proposal as well as a final version after planting.

– Project payment will be facilitated by the report of a third-party auditor (Registered Forest Professional or otherwise qualified) at the time of planting for planting numbers and quality. The projects will be revisited by a Tree Canada hired professional to conduct survival assessments 1, 2 and 5 years after planting.

– The contractor’s ability to provided added value to the project (i.e. video footage of the planting by drone or professional videographer) should be clearly detailed, as this will be considered in the review of the proposals.

– The contractor will supply complete insurance coverage from their provider in the amount a minimum of $1,000,000.

– The contractor will be expected to provide a detailed tree planting summary, in the form of a final report supplied by Tree Canada, following the operations including the number of trees planted, breakdown of species planted, and dates trees were planted.

How to submit a proposal:

If you are interested in conducting the tree planting work, please fill out and submit this online proposal by September 30, 2020, by 8 p.m. (EST)

In your proposal, please include information such as the price per tree planted, location, landowner, stakeholders and reforestation/afforestation benefits as outlined in the online form. Please also include The online proposal also includes a project description template with all the various aspects the submissions will be reviewed against.

All proposals or questions should be directed to the attention of:
Amber Brant
Program Manager,

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