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Tree Canada Operation ReLeaf - Fort McMurray Community Grants

As part of Operation ReLeaf - Fort McMurray, Tree Canada has created a community grant program to support the re-greening of the community.

The grants will be available to individuals and community groups throughout the region who are looking to purchase trees to plant on private property in areas affected by the 2016 Horse River Wildfire. The grants will also apply to community groups wishing to purchase trees to give away to owners of properties affected by the wildfire. This includes properties damaged in the wildfire and properties adjacent to firebreak areas or areas where hazardous tree removal has occurred. Residents interested in planting fire resistant trees as they make FireSmart changes around their home will also qualify for the grants.

Please note: planting on Municipal property is prohibited.

Tree Canada is working with FireSmart Canada to ensure all trees purchased and planted through the grant program follow FireSmart landscaping guidelines. Learn more about those guidelines by downloading the RMWB Guide to FireSmart Landscaping.

The Grants


Residents will be eligible for a grant of up to $300. More than one tree may be purchased. Residents are invited to purchase a tree, or trees, for their property and send the detailed receipt along with a photo of the planted tree to Tree Canada for review. All trees must meet FireSmart guidelines.

Community Groups

Community groups or organizations may be eligible for a grant of up to $5,000 to support planting trees on private property or giving trees away to residents from affected areas.

How to Apply

The online application is available here. Remember to include copies of the detailed receipt and a photo of all trees purchased. Residents must photograph the planted tree(s). All trees must meet FireSmart guidelines.

Application Deadline

All applications for the fall grant program must be submitted by October 20, 2017.

Plants To Avoid

Scientific Name Common Name
Cortaderia selloana Pampas Grass
Genista sp. Broom
Ilex spp. Holly
Juniperus spp. Juniper
Pennisetum spp. Fountain Grass
Picea Pungens Colorado Spruce
Pinus sp. Pine
Taxus spp. Yew
Thuja spp. Cedar, Arborvitae

Suggested Plants

Scientific Name Common Name
Betula spp. Birch
Crataegus spp. Hawthorn
Fraxinus pennsylvanica Green Ash
Acer ginnala Amur Maple
Quercus macrocarpa Bur Oak
Cornus sericea Red-twig Dogwood, Redosier Dogwood
Physocarpus opulifolius Ninebark
Salix spp. Willow e.g. Blue Fox
Syringa vulgaris Common Lilac