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York Region’s Greening Strategy promotes actions that support a healthy natural environment

Newmarket – From education to outreach, partnerships and tree planting, York Region reports another successful year of greening achievements. York Region’s Greening Strategy is a blueprint for actions which help protect and preserve our natural environment.

“York Regional Council’s investment in the Greening Strategy including tree planting and the protection of the forest has many benefits to our communities,” said York Region Chairman and CEO Wayne Emmerson. “This is not a one-time action as we will continue to work with residents and partners to support and preserve green space across York Region.”

In 2016, York Region surpassed all targets to preserve and enhance green spaces with tremendous accomplishments in the areas of tree planting, education and outreach. These achievements include:

  • Planting more than 93,000 trees exceeding our target of planting 70,000 trees and shrubs
  • Engaging residents at more than 200 environmental outreach events
  • Achieving LEED Platinum Certification of the Bill Fisch Forest and Stewardship Education Centre
  • Collaborating with Evergreen Foundation and York Region School boards on greening pilot projects and designing outdoor learning spaces

York Region’s current canopy cover is 31 per cent and every tree planted helps meet the goal of 35 per cent canopy cover by 2031.

Green spaces, including trees and shrubs, play an important role in our community’s health by providing relaxing places with shade where we can enjoy the outdoors and be active. For information on York Region’s tree planting programs, visit

“For more than a decade, York Region has been recognized for its leadership with implementing greening initiatives,” said City of Vaughan Regional Councillor Mario Ferri, Chair of Environmental Services. “These hands-on actions such as the stream bank restoration pilot project with Ontario Streams contribute to wetland and stream rehabilitation and advance the Region’s plan to preserve our green spaces.”

York Region is now recognized as Canada’s first Monarch butterfly friendly Region through the United States National Wildlife Federation (NWF). This designation reaffirms the Region’s commitment to support the endangered butterfly by encouraging residents to create butterfly habitat and support the sale and use of native plants.

The Regional Municipality of York consists of nine local cities and towns, and provides a variety of programs and services to almost 1.2 million residents, 50,000 businesses and 595,000 employees. More information about the Region’s key service areas is available at


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Kim MacGillivray, Corporate Communications Advisor, The Regional Municipality of York
Phone: 1-877-464-9675, ext. 77507, Cell: 905-251-6421

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