What is Tree Cities of the World?

Now more than ever, trees and forests are a vital component of healthy, livable, and sustainable cities around the globe. Urban forests help define a sense of place and well-being where people live, work, play, and learn.

The Tree Cities of the World™ programme is an international effort through the Arbor Day Foundation to recognize cities and towns committed to ensuring that urban forests and trees are properly maintained, sustainably managed, and duly celebrated. Tree Canada is proud to be the Canadian partner for this program.

2022 Canadian Tree Cities of the World:

Burlington, Cambridge, Cornwall, Devon, Edmonton, Halifax, Hamilton, Mississauga, Owen Sound, Regina, Richmond Hill, St. Albert, St. Thomas, Surrey, Tillsonburg, Toronto, Vaughan, Victoria, Whitby, White City, Windsor, York Region


Standards of Recognition

Recognition through the Tree Cities of the World programme represents the first step toward achieving a green vision for your city. To receive recognition, a town or city must meet five core standards:

STANDARD 1: Establish Responsibility – The city has a written statement by city leaders delegating responsibility for the care of trees within the municipal boundary to a staff member, a city department, or a group of citizens — called a Tree Board.

STANDARD 2: Set the Rules – The city has in place a law or an official policy that governs the management of forests and trees. These rules describe how work must be performed — often citing best practices or industry standards for tree care and worker safety — where and when they apply, and penalties for noncompliance.

STANDARD 3: Know What You Have – The city has an updated inventory or assessment of the local tree resource so that an effective long-term plan for planting, care, and removal of city trees can be established.

STANDARD 4: Allocate the Resources – The city has a dedicated annual budget for the routine implementation of the tree management plan.

STANDARD 5: Celebrate Achievements – The city holds an annual celebration of trees to raise awareness among residents and to acknowledge citizens and staff members who carry out the city tree programme.

Benefits of Recognition

  • Benefit from a framework for action provided by the five core standards
  • Educate people living in your city about the value of trees and the importance of sustainable tree management.
  • Improve citizen pride by using recognition to show that trees, conservation, and the environment are important to your city.
  • Demonstrate your commitment to a healthier environment by displaying Tree Cities of the World recognition materials.

Gain Worldwide Recognition

Join this new, global network of cities recognized as leaders in the sustainable management of urban trees and forests. You may already be using innovative practices that keep city trees healthy. Now you can share your successes in planting and tending the urban forest of your city and learn from others around the world.

Become a Tree City of the World