HALIFAX, June 1, 2018 /CNW/ - CN (TSX: CNR) (NYSE: CNI) and Tree Canada, Canada's leading national tree-planting charity, are pleased to announce today the names of the 27 communities that are being awarded community tree planting grants of up to $25,000. Representatives from FCM, CN and Tree Canada will make this announcement as part of the 2018 annual meeting of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) in Halifax, NS where a legacy tree planting event will take place at the Grand Parade park on June 3rd at 2:30PM to honour the City of Halifax and Mayor Mike Savage for hosting the conference.
These grants are a part of the CN EcoConnexions - From the Ground Up initiative that invests in community greening projects across Canada. Of the more than 140 applications received from Canadian communities of all types and sizes, the 27 winning communities are:
North Battleford, SK
Baie D'Urfé (Québec)
North Vancouver, BC
Fort Frances Couchiching First Nation, ON
St. Albert, AB
Stony Plain, AB
La Broquerie, MB
Niagara Falls, ON
Madawaska Maliseet First Nation, NB
Opaskwayak Cree Nation, MB
Saint John, NB
Thanks to CN's environmental leadership, the CN EcoConnexions From the Ground Up initiative has been greening communities since 2012 with sustainable, environmentally responsible tree-planting projects. Tree Canada experts work closely with communities to assist with logistics, species selection and to make each project an opportunity for community members to gather and celebrate the benefits of trees and urban green spaces. A community event to commemorate the initiative will take place in each of the selected communities.
Quotes: "Tree Canada is excited to continue our partnership with CN to bring CN EcoConnexions From the Ground Up to 27 deserving communities across Canada. With this program, CN is creating a lasting legacy of sustainability for present and future generations, providing funding and much-needed awareness to the value of trees and green spaces to our health and wellbeing as well as the environment." – Michael Rosen, President of Tree Canada
"CN is committed to making a positive impact on the communities along our network, and is proud to be part of a program that helps to make these communities better places to live, work and play. We're not only helping beautify these communities, we're positively contributing to a sustainable future one community at a time." – Sean Finn, Executive Vice-President, Corporate Services and Chief Legal Officer for CN
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 600 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.
About CN: CN (TSX: CNR)(NYSE: CNI) is a true backbone of the economy, transporting approximately C$250 billion worth of goods annually for a wide range of business sectors, ranging from resource products to manufactured products to consumer goods, across a rail network spanning Canada and mid-America. CN – Canadian National Railway Company, along with its operating railway subsidiaries – serves the cities and ports of Vancouver, Prince Rupert, B.C., Montreal, Halifax, New Orleans, and Mobile, Ala., and the metropolitan areas of Toronto, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Calgary, Chicago, Memphis, Detroit, Duluth, Minn./Superior, Wis., and Jackson, Miss., with connections to all points in North America. For more information visit www.cn.ca.
Since 2012, CN has planted more than 1.6 million trees through Tree Canada, many of which have been much-needed large caliper trees in municipalities and indigenous communities from coast to coast.
In 2013, CN was awarded Tree Canada's highest honour, the Eterne Award. This award is presented to companies who exemplify the very best in environmental stewardship. That same year, CN was also the recipient of Tree Canada's Ultimate Award.
For further information: For Tree Canada: Paul Jorgenson, Manager of Communications and Marketing, [email protected], 613-567-5545 ext. 224 (office), 819-208-8230 (cellular); Jennifer Feschuk, Community Events Coordinator, [email protected], 613-567-5545 ext. 258 (office); For CN: Jonathan Abecassis, Media Relations, [email protected], 514-399-7956