Community tree giveaway


Metrolinx partners with First Nation on community giveaway

Plants and shrubs given to local residents sourced from Indigenous-owned greenhouse.

Nov 29, 2023

Metrolinx is working with First Nations to build relationships and partnerships as the agency builds new transit projects across the region.

As part of that work, Metrolinx recently partnered with Six Nations of the Grand River and Kayanase Greenhouse to purchase 600 trees and shrubs for community giveaway events.

Kayanase is an Indigenous-owned ecological restoration and native plant and seed business located just outside Brantford.

Community tree giveaway

Metrolinx gave away hundreds of trees and shrubs at a handful of community events this past fall. (Metrolinx image)

Community events

The plants were then given away at a handful of community events Metrolinx held in east Toronto earlier this fall.

Some of the plants given away include Hazelnut and Spicebush. These are native species that are more difficult to find at local nurseries.

Residents were encouraged to come by the events to get a tree or shrub and plant it in their garden or yard to help grow the local tree canopy.

It’s all part of Metrolinx’s work to engage and collaborate with communities, including First Nations, while major projects like the Scarborough Subway Extension and Ontario Line are being built.

by Scott Money Metrolinx editorial content manager