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Private Lands and Spaces

Everyone has a role to play in increasing shade in the community. Providing shade for your family and employees, and encouraging organizations to consider shade in their plans is a way of providing shade to the community. We should all have access to shade where we live, work, go to school, and play.


How can shade be created?

  • Homeowners can consider the types of trees they plant and where they plant them on their properties.
  • Workplaces can provide shade for their employees in outdoor areas where they take their breaks.
  • Non-profit groups/funders can incorporate a shade requirement in grant applications, with the inclusion of a shade audit for outdoor projects.

Shade is achievable with just a change in how we plan the outdoor spaces that we spend time in and may not even require additional funds.

Use the following resources to start or enhance your own shade project.


Building the case for shade

Health, Prosperity and Sustainability: the Case for Green Infrastructure in Ontario - Green Infrastructure Ontario Coalition and Ecojustice

A Healthy Dose of Green - Trees Ontario


Shade policy development

Shade Policy Fact Sheet - Shade Work Group of Waterloo Region, Region of Waterloo, Evergreen, and Canadian Cancer Society


Assessing, planning and installing shade

Shade Design Fact Sheet - Shade Work Group of Waterloo Region, Region of Waterloo, Evergreen, and Canadian Cancer Society

Shade Audit Information Guide + Tool. A Guide for Creating Shady Outdoor Spaces - Shade Work Group of Waterloo Region and Region of Waterloo

Shade: A Planning Guide- York Region

Shade Tree List - Shade Work Group of Waterloo Region and Region of Waterloo

Don't forget to check your municipality's by-laws as it relates to installing structures or trees on your property.


Care and maintenance of your trees

Tree Installation and Maintenance Guidelines - International Society of Arboriculture

Mulch is Magic! - Evergreen

The Bucket Method: Watering Guidelines for Newly Planted Trees - Evergreen


Funding grants

Check with your local municipality to see if there are any tree planting programs that may apply to your situation.

 

For more information, call 519-575-4400 or email the Public Health General Inquiries.

 

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