IKEA Canada co-workers roll up their sleeves for annual tree planting event nationwide with Tree Canada

OTTAWA, May 17, 2017 /CNW/ - For the 21st consecutive year, IKEA Canada co-workers will join Tree Canada in tree planting events in 17 communities across the country. Together, IKEA co-workers and local Tree Canada staff will plant over 1,500 mature trees and shrubs to help green local communities.

"At IKEA we want to have a positive impact in the communities where we do business," said Brendan Seale, Sustainability Manager, IKEA Canada. "I am proud that our co-workers are so committed to this vision and continue to volunteer their time to improve our communities, creating a better everyday life for the many people."

Since the partnership began in 1996, IKEA Canada has contributed over $800,000 to Tree Canada. To date, co-workers have planted over 30,000 mature trees and shrubs, which provide enough oxygen for over 15,000 people.

"Tree Canada is thrilled to be working with a partner as dedicated to greening communities as IKEA Canada. Together we have worked hard to meet sustainability goals in communities throughout Canada and have made profound and lasting change through tree planting initiatives like this one. IKEA is showing the country that they don't just talk the talk, they walk the walk," said Michael Rosen, President of Tree Canada.

The over 30,000 trees IKEA co-workers have planted nationwide provide significant benefit to communities including absorbing noise, purifying air, preventing soil erosion, protecting wetlands, promoting urban wildlife and biodiversity, and creating beautiful shaded places for people to play and relax. The trees planted will help to enhance urban tree canopy within short distances of each the IKEA store.

About Tree Canada:
Tree Canada is a non-profit charity dedicated to improving the lives of Canadians by planting and nurturing trees. Since 1992, we've planted more than 80 million trees, greened more than 580 schoolyards, helped restore places hit by natural disasters and brought together urban forestry experts greening cities all across Canada. Get involved or learn more about us at treecanada.ca.

IKEA Group is a leading home furnishing retailer with 343 stores in more than 28 countries worldwide, which are visited by 783 million people every year. IKEA Canada has 12 stores, an eCommerce virtual store, 6 Pick-up and order points and nine Collection Points. The company also recently announced plans to open stores in Halifax and Quebec City. Last year, IKEA Canada welcomed 28 million visitors to its stores and 88 million visitors to the IKEA.ca website. Founded in 1943, IKEA's business philosophy is to offer a wide range of products of good design and function at prices so low, the majority of people can afford them. For more information on IKEA Canada, please visit: www.IKEA.ca.


For further information: Contacts: Paul Jorgenson, Manager of Communications and Marketing, Tree Canada, pjorgenson@treecanada.ca, 819-208-8230 (cellular); Stephanie Harnett, Corporate Press Officer, IKEA Canada, stephanie.harnett@IKEA.com, 905-637-9440 x6378


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