Are you eligible?
A Tree for my Neighbourhood aims to help residents of the island of Montreal to increase its canopy. As such, you can acquire a tree through our campaign, but only on certain conditions:
You are a duly authorized landowner, manager or tenant of a property located on the island of Montreal only.
You are planting your tree to increase the city’s canopy.
You agree to plant the tree in the ground a maximum of 2 weeks after taking possession of it.
On the other hand, if you wish to purchase a tree for the following reasons, A Tree for My Neighbourhood is not the right option:
You are planning to plant your tree outside the Island of Montreal.
You are planting the tree to replace a recently felled tree.*
You wish to keep your tree in a pot, on your balcony for example.
*To replace a recently felled tree, check with your municipality about replacement programs that could be available to you as well as the city’s requirements in terms of caliber. The size of our trees is generally smaller than what is requested by municipalities.
For an ash tree replacement, see this page: Apply for a subsidy for a felled ash tree
You agree to:
Plant your tree at the address indicated on the purchase form.
Ensure that the tree will not be planted on the city’s right-of-way. You can visualize the limits of your property on the online service [https://appli.mern.gouv.qc.ca/infolot/], or find out from your borough/municipality.
Contact Info-excavation (free service) to find out where to plant your tree without damaging underground utilities at 1-800-ON-EXCAVE (1-800-663-9228) or https://www.info-ex.com/en/planting-trees/ This service locates all underground utilities of member companies (electricity, telephone, natural gas, cable and other).
Respect the required spacing near infrastructures (e.g. fence, power line, house wall, etc.). Refer to the species sheet downloadable on our website or available here Choose the Right Tree or Shrub tool | Hydro-Quebec (hydroquebec.com)
Accept verification rounds to ensure the presence of the tree and its state of health. Inspections by the eco-districts and by an external firm mandated by the City of Montreal may take place up to 2 times.
Comply with the regulations in effect in your borough/municipality concerning the planting of trees.
If we can offer these very attractive prices, it is thanks to the subsidies of $60/tree from the cities of Montreal, Dorval, Côte-Saint-Luc and Pincourt, which cover part of the cost of the trees. Meanwhile, residents of non-subsidized linked cities can purchase trees at $85 for regular trees, $95 for fruit trees, $105 for conifers and $115 for exceptional trees.
The granting of this subsidy is conditional and implies on the buyer a certain number of commitments mentioned above.
A verification tour takes place every year to ensure that the trees are planted in the designated location and that they are in a good state of health. It is also an opportunity to have a follow-up for your tree and to get maintenance tips.
The fruit trees that are offered as part of the A Tree for My Neighbourhood campaign are 3 to 5 years old. Therefore, many of them will be able to produce fruits in the near future (within 1 to 2 years depending on the species and variety). Our fruit trees measure, on average, between 1.25 and 2 m in height when they are distributed. It can however happen that depending on the varieties and the years, they are larger than expected.
Important: Some fruit trees are not self-fertile, they need a tree of the same species in the neighbourhood. You can consult the tree sheets to find out the fertility of the chosen tree.
The deciduous trees (regular and some exceptional trees) are 3 to 5 years old and measure, on average, between 1.50 and 2.5 m in height when they are distributed. It can however happen that depending on the varieties and the years, they are larger than expected. The height, width and bearing of the trees at maturity are indicated in each description sheet.
As for conifers, they are 6 to 7 years old. Moreover, as they are mainly species with a slow growth rate, it is probable that they measure, on average, between 1 and 1.25 m when they are distributed.
*Approximate height at delivery
On the descriptive sheet of the trees, you will find the distance that must be respected for the Hydro-Québec wires. You can also ask your city/borough about the distances to be respected for the location of your tree on your property.