Trees are planted to provide beauty and shade, help improve air quality and add economic
value to your neighbourhood. Trees are carefully chosen for your neighbourhood based on the
tree's function, the intended location and the soil conditions.
Commonly planted trees include Maple, Linden, Oak and Honey Locust. For the complete list
and to learn more, click here.
Tree function - Some trees are planted to provide shade while others are
planted because they have beautiful flowers, leaves or bark. Trees can also provide windbreaks,
privacy and attract birds and wildlife.
Tree location - Prior to planting a tree, Forestry staff determine the
fully grown size of the tree and the site conditions to make sure that the location chosen will
accommodate the tree.
Soil type - Different soil types may limit the variety of trees to be
planted. Soils are made up of different combinations of sand, silt and clay. All these factors
affect the type of tree that will grow in different types of soil.
The Forestry Section plants trees in new subdivisions based upon agreements between the
Developer and the City. Street trees are planted once all homes are built, roadways have at
least one coat of asphalt, curbs and driveways have been installed and sodding has been
New home owners may find a tree related charge on the closing purchase price of their home.
This charge has been incurred by the developer to plant community trees.
Not every address receives a tree due to planting limitations such as conflicts with
underground utilities & pedestals, fire hydrants, light & hydro poles and stop signs.
The City does not provide refunds for street tree planting. Residents cannot contribute funds
in order to receive upgrades, additional trees or to have trees planted on their private
Replacement tree planting
When a dead, dying or diseased tree located on City property requires removal, a new
replacement tree(s) will be replanted in a location determined by Forestry.
All requests for a replacement tree must be submitted to Forestry prior to April 1st of each
Planting shared trees
Occasionally, while planting trees on City-owned boulevards, we must plant between two house
- avoid planting trees in drainage swales;
- avoid future interference with driveways;
- allow the planting of a variety of broad crowned trees on limited frontages;
- allow for adequate rooting area to sustain a new tree; or
- avoid competition between developing tree crowns.
For more information on the Street Tree Planting Program, call 3-1-1 or 905-615-4311 if
outside City limits.
To learn more about caring for your new street tree,