A tree to grow with your child

If your child was born (or adopted) from April 15, 2020 up until April 15, 2021, you can receive a free tree from the Quebec government

A tree to grow with your child

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Parents wanting to commemorate their child’s birth can sign up to receive a gift from Quebec’s Ministry of Forests, Wildlife and Parks.

The Mon arbre à moi (My Own Tree) campaign allows any child born or adopted in Quebec during the current year to receive a small tree seedling that will grow with them through the seasons.

Distribution of the individual trees takes place in May of each year, to coincide with Tree and Forest Month. All parents who have registered will receive a letter from the ministry indicating the date and location of the distribution. Pick-up spots are dependent on your region and are indicated in the email.

While you can’t pick the species of tree you’ll receive, all of the trees donated are an average of two years old, 30 to 60 centimetres tall, and are forest species native to Quebec. Some may live more than 100 years and may grow to reach 20 to 25 metres in height by their 30th year.

Learn how to plant your tree for the best results with this information from the Government of Quebec.

Registration

To receive a tree seedling this May, you must send your registration to the Ministry using the online form no later than April 15, 2021. The Ministry is currently collecting registrations for children who were born or adopted, or who will be born or adopted between April 16, 2020 and April 15, 2021.

Parents who signed up last year but were unable to pick up their trees due to the pandemic, will be contacted in May.

Tree and forest month in Quebec

An important natural resource, forests cover more than half of the province of Quebec and constitute 20 per cent of Canada’s forests and two per cent of the world’s forests.

Each year during the month of May, Quebec’s Ministry of Forests, Wildlife and Parks and its partners invite organizations, schools, and municipalities to organize various activities in their communities. Some activities celebrating the environment include the distribution of compost and plants, environmental awareness workshops, and household waste challenges. Check your town’s newsletter and social media pages to see how you can participate.