Ottawa – The Canada 150 Maple Groves project took root today with a ceremony at City Hall. Mayor Jim Watson was joined by community members and David McGuinty, M.P., Ottawa-South; Jenny Gerbasi, First Vice-President of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities; Léo Duguay, Vice-Chair of Tree Canada; and Sean Finn, Executive Vice-President of CN.

The Government of Canada, Tree Canada and CN have generously contributed to this sesquicentennial legacy project that will plant a grove of 150 native maple trees in each ward in Ottawa. The groves consist of three species of native maple trees: sugar, red and silver. Many of the groves have been planted this spring, while others will be planted in the fall, between mid-September to mid-October.

Today’s tree-planting to mark Canada’s 150th had an added national flavour, as a large contingency of mayors and municipal officials from across the country were present. They were attending the national convention of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), which was held in Ottawa this year to mark the 150th anniversary of Canada’s Confederation. A tree is planted at each FCM meeting as part of a Legacy Program with Tree Canada.

A full listing of the Canada 150 Maple Grove locations in each of the 23 wards can be viewed at ottawa.ca.

Quotes

“The Canada 150 Maple Groves Project is truly a living legacy of Canada’s 150th anniversary. There is no better symbol than the maple leaf to mark this milestone in our country’s history. Whether it is on the flag, your passport or stitched to your backpack, the maple leaf is the iconic symbol of our nation, and makes us uniquely proud to be Canadian, wherever we find ourselves in the world.”
Mayor Jim Watson

“All across the world, trees are a symbol of growth, strength, sustainability, hope, and peace. Our #Canada150 tree-planting celebrations are a perfect way to commemorate Canada’s legacy in a positive, meaningful and lasting way, all while engaging people from coast to coast to coast.”
– Michael Rosen, President of Tree Canada

“We are proud to be part of a program that helps make communities across Canada better places to live, work and play. In hundreds of Canadian communities, the railway has been a part of life for generations. We honour that history, and we proudly look toward our shared future with these Canada 150 celebrations.”
– Luc Jobin, president and chief executive officer of CN. “

“The environment is one of the major themes at the heart of the celebrations for the 150th anniversary of Confederation, which is why the Government of Canada is pleased to support Tree Canada. The Canada 150 project “Tree to Our Nature” will not only leave a lasting legacy for future generations, but also allow Canadians to get closer to nature and increase their environmental awareness. I would like to acknowledge everyone taking part in this inspiring and unifying project. I applaud your efforts to help build healthy, sustainable communities.”
 David McGuinty, M.P., Ottawa-South