(from left to right) Sean Finn, CN Executive Vice-President Corporate Services and Chief Legal Officer, Fredericton City Councillor Greg Ericson, The Honorable Stephen Horsman, Minister responsible for Families and Children, and MLA for Fredericton North,

Provincial and Municipal Officials Host Canada 150 Ceremonial Tree Planting Event

The City of Fredericton hosted a commemorative tree planting ceremony on the grounds of Government House today, as one of 150 communities in Canada that received funding as a part of Tree Canada’s #Canada150 celebrations, proudly sponsored by CN and the Government of Canada.

Three commemorative trees were planted, including: a sugar maple, representing Canada; a balsam fir, representing New Brunswick; and a bur oak representing First Nations.

The Honorable Stephen Horsman, Minister responsible for Families and Children, and MLA for Fredericton North, Sean Finn Executive Vice-President Corporate Services and Chief Legal Officer of CN and Mike Rosen, President of Tree Canada, City of Fredericton Councillor Greg Ericson, and staff from the City’s Parks & Trees Department were in attendance for the ceremonial event.

The City of Fredericton received $25,000 in funding courtesy of CN, the Government of Canada and Tree Canada, a national non-profit dedicated to planting and nurturing trees. The funds go towards the completion of a landscaping project on Cliffe Street, one of city’s growing neighbourhoods.  Improvements made include the planting of over 65 new trees, 120 new shrubs, the construction of a new planter and seating area at the nearby bus stop, and the addition of grass as part of the right of way. 

For more information on the CN EcoConnexions Program visit www.cn.ca/ecoconnexions, and for more information on Tree Canada visit www.treecanada.ca.  For more information on planting trees in Fredericton visit www.fredericton.ca/en/community/trees.

This project has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada.

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“The grounds of Government House are a perfect place for these trees to grow together and prosper, much like our great province and nation has over the past 150 years,” said Hon. Stephen Horsman, Minister responsible for Families and Children, and MLA for Fredericton North. 

“On behalf of the City of Fredericton, we would like to thank Tree Canada for their efforts in pursuing a greener and healthier living environment for Canadians. We are honoured to be selected as a Canada 150 program grant recipient.”  - Coun. Greg Ericson, chair of the City’s Finance Committee. 

“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.” - said 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. As Minister of Canadian Heritage, I would like to acknowledge everyone taking part in this inspiring and unifying project. I applaud your efforts to help build healthy, sustainable communities.”

- The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage