New rebate available for York Region residents to assist with trees killed by emerald ash borer

York Region is teaming up with Local Enhancement and Appreciation of Forests (LEAF) to roll out a new rebate program to help landowners replace their ash trees killed by emerald ash borer. The invasive insect can kill a healthy ash tree in less than two years. In York Region, it is expected more than two million ash trees will be killed by the borer.

This spring, a backyard tree planting program offers native trees and shrubs to landowners at a subsidized cost. Landowners replacing lost ash trees will qualify for an additional $100 per tree rebate when they participate in the full-service backyard tree planting program. There is a limit of two rebates per property and restrictions apply.

“Our arborists guide property owners through all of the steps necessary to get the right trees planted in the right places,” says Janet McKay, LEAF executive director. “We also deliver and plant the trees, making it easy and fun for participants.”

Visit to take advantage of the rebate.

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