In honour of Canada’s 150 birthday, Capital Power partnered with Tree Canada to plant a total of 6,000 trees of various types and sizes in the Canadian communities where Capital Power has operations and employees. Tree Canada worked closely with the communities to ensure the trees were appropriate and sustainable for each planting location.
Tree Canada, with the support of the Government of Canada, created a Canada 150 project in which 150 communities across Canada applied for a grant of up to $5,000 to enhance an existing tree planting program or create a new one.
The City of Edmonton, through Root for Trees, applied for the federal grant to supplement Capital Power’s tree planting event at Rundle Park in Edmonton, and was awarded a $5,000 providing 3,000 trees and shrubs in addition to Capital Power’s 2,000 trees. A total of 5,000 trees were planted in Edmonton’s Rundle Park through this program. Capital Power employees and their families planted nearly 1,200 of these.
At the Edmonton planting event, three commemorative trees were planted at Rundle Park:
Maple – Canada’s National tree planted in the park.
Lodgepole Pine – Alberta’s provincial tree; native to the area, the Pine was planted within the natural area to ensure survival.
Paper Birch (Aboriginal Peace tree) – native to Alberta, the birch was also planted in the natural area.
A commemorative plaque at the tree-planting site in Rundle Park in Edmonton
450 shrubs and trees were planted by Capital Power employees in the residential community of Lakeview.
450 trees and shrubs were planted in the Village by Capital Power employees, elected officials and community groups.
“Warburg Council thanks Capital Power very much for assisting us in beautifying and helping with the environment. The new trees will add to our very “green” Village and outline two more park areas for our residents to appreciate and use.” - Christine Pankewitz, Municipal Administrator
Members of the Rotary Club volunteered alongside Capital Power employees and public works personnel to plant 14 large trees in a local spray park, an area recently developed by the Campbell River Rotary Club and also supported by Capital Power.
“Thank you for organizing this terrific tree planting event! It was lots of fun and a great example of Community Partnership in action.” Trina Soltys, Parks Clerk Technician, City of Campbell River
15 large trees were planted by Capital Power, City employees and Communities in Bloom representatives. These trees served as a replacement for trees lost to Emerald Ash Borer.
“It’s great to see the community commitment from Capital Power and Tree Canada. Generous donations like this one make it possible for the Town to enhance its urban forest.” Sean Thomas, Operations Manager, Town of Goderich
Capital Power and members of the local Lions Club planted three large trees at the town library. Additional trees were planted by the Lions Club in 2017 along a community trail.
Eight large trees were in planted in the Halkirk campground and playground by Capital Power, Halkirk’s Mayor and several community members.
“The trees are a nice addition to the Village playground and campground and will be there for years for everyone to enjoy. The community appreciates this contribution.” Doris Cordel, Administrator, Village of Halkirk
Tumbler Ridge Elementary School students helped Capital Power plant 61 trees throughout the community.