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Thinking Green Initiatives

Our "Thinking Green!" Program is a comprehensive sustainability program committed to protecting the environment, enhancing economic prosperity, and improving the health and lifestyle of our community.  “Thinking Green!” is about policies and actions that make sense, and when added together will make a difference.  Listed here are some of the things we have already committed to or are working on: 

Programs Available


  • The Landowner Environmental Assistance Program (LEAP) aims at improving water quality and wildlife habitat within the Lake Simcoe watershed. This is accomplished by providing landowners with confidential and free site visits, technical advice and funding assistance for environmental projects on their land. LEAP is administered by Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority (LSRCA) and made possible by funding from municipal partners and the support of the York, Durham, and Simcoe chapters of the Ontario Federation of Agriculture.

    For more information please visit the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority websitelinks to external site to contact your local Stewardship Technician.

  • LEAFlinks to external site's (Local Enhancement & Appreciation of Forests) Backyard Tree Planting Program which offers native trees and shrubs to homeowners at a subsidized cost
  • LEAF's (Local Enhancement & Appreciation of Forests) Emerald Ash Borer Tree Rebate Programlinks to external site

    $100 Emerald Ash Borer Rebate Available:  Residential and business property owners in York Region replacing their dying, dead or removed ash trees with LEAF (Local Enhancement and Appreciation of Forests) may be eligible for a $100 Emerald Ash Borer rebate from York Region. There is a limit of two rebates per property and rebates are issued on a first come, first served basis due to limited supply. Restrictions apply