Ottawa-Gatineau Tornadoes

About this Program

On September 21, 2018, tornadoes touched down in the Ottawa-Gatineau area with peak winds reaching speeds of 265 km/h. The scope of the damage was vast, with over 1,000 properties either demolished or damaged, leaving over 200,000 without power.

In addition, on June 2, 2019, a tornado touched down in the Ottawa suburb of Orleans. With peak winds reaching 135 km/h, it downed trees, damaged homes and caused power outages across the area.


Supporting private landowners

Tree Canada’s “Operation ReLeaf – Ottawa-Gatineau Tornadoes” program includes those affected by the tornado in Orleans and provides up to $500 in funding as a reimbursement to private landowners (i.e. residences, condominiums, institutional) who own/manage a property and who had individual trees destroyed by the tornadoes to plant new trees on their property.

Application Process

Applications for Operation ReLeaf – Ottawa-Gatineau Tornadoes are now closed and projects that have been approved for funding are ongoing.

For further questions, please contact our Operation ReLeaf program manager.

A special thanks to Operation ReLeaf – Ottawa-Gatineau Tornadoes’s biggest supporters:

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