Incentive for Native Tree Planting

In 2024, the Municipality wishes to continue its greening project by allowing residents throughout the territory to receive financial support for purchasing and planting native trees on their private property.

In 2022, 45 trees and shrubs were planted on private and business properties along Chemin Old Chelsea and Route 105 as part of the center-village greening project. 

This action is in line with the Municipality’s various objectives and policies, including the following:

  • Strategic Plan 2040: Nature and Environment
  • Climate Change Adaption Plan (CCAP) 2021-2026: Measure 1.12, Increase and preserve vegetation cover on municipal territory
  • Tree Policy: Orientation 3, Municipal leadership, and citizen involvement


In addition to helping reduce heat islands, trees help control water runoff, offer many benefits on shorelines, and reduce and improve mental health.


Eligible Costs

This incentive program offers a 100% bill reimbursement up to a maximum of $200.

Eligible expenses are:

  • Costs related to the purchase of one or more trees per property.
  • Costs related to the purchase of materials required for planting the tree(s) purchased: soil, compost, stakes, stake ties, mulch, mycorrhizae.
  • Planting costs, if applicable. The submitted invoice must detail the value of the tree(s), planting material, and labour.


To be eligible, the applicant must meet the following conditions:

  • The applicant must be a resident of Chelsea.
  • Only one application per property may be submitted.
  • The property where the planting takes place must be located on Chelsea territory.
  • The tree(s) purchased must be planted on the property of the owner making the application.
  • The property must meet the minimum number of trees to be planted or preserved BEFORE applying (see article 7.3.1 of the zoning by-law).


To be eligible, the tree(s) purchased must:

  • Be planted in the ground and not in a container.
  • Respect the planting distances mentioned below.
  • Not be on the list of prohibited species.
  • Not be planted in the visibility triangle on corner lots (see article 3.2.11 of the zoning by-law).
  • Be a native species.
  • Be at least 10 metres tall at maturity.


To submit a request, please fill out the form below and send it by e-mail to the Environment Department at




To be eligible, the application must include:

  • Proof of residence
  • Proof of ownership of the property where the planting takes place
  • Proof of purchase of the tree(s) and, if applicable, material and labour.
  • Sketch of the tree(s) location (including existing tree locations).
  • Photos of the site before and after planting, showing the tree(s) and their position on the site. These must have been taken within 30 days of planting.


Grants are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis until available funds are exhausted. The owner is responsible for ensuring that the planted trees comply with zoning regulations (refer to article 7.3.4).

To be eligible for financial assistance, the trees purchased must be native species.

The following species are recommended for planting:

  • White birch (Betula papyrifera)
  • White spruce (Picea glauca)
  • Yellow birch (Betule alleghaniensis)
  • Black spruce (Picea mariana)
  • Bur oak (Quercus macrocarpa)
  • White pine (Pinus strobus)
  • White oak (Quercus alba)
  • Red pine (Pinus resinosa)
  • Red oak (Quercus rubra)
  • Jack pine (Pinus banksiana)
  • Red maple (Acer rubrum)
  • Hemlock (Tsuga canadensis)
  • Sugar maple (Acer saccharum)
  • Balsam fir (Abies balsamea)
  • American beech (Fagus grandifolia)
  • Tamarack (Larix laricina)
  • American hophornbeam (Ostrya virginiana)    

The following species are prohibited for this application:

  • Ash trees (Fraxinus sp.)
  • Shubert plum (Prunus virginiana “Shubert“)
  • Willow (Salix sp.)
  • American elm (Ulmus americana)
  • Poplars (Populus sp.)
  • Siberian elm (Ulmus pumila)
  • Norway maples (Acer platanoides)
  • Black locust (Robinia pseudoacacia)
  • Boxelder maples (Acer negundo)
  • Cedars (Thuja sp.)
  • Silver maples (Acer saccharinum)
  • All ornamental and stem-grafted trees

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