Recent news highlighted that landowners wishing to remove trees from their property need to pay to ensure that the trees are replanted.

Where is this law defined?

I've heard there is a similar law in Toronto. Does anyone have the link to each?

Is this a precedent that exists across other regions in Canada?

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In Vancouver, this provision is part of the Protection of Trees Bylaw 9958. The requirement for replacement trees is in Section 6 (PDF).

In Toronto, trees are regulated under Section 813 of the Municipal Code (PDF). Private trees are discussed in Article III, which says that a permit is required to injure, remove or destroy a tree. Section 10 B says that as a condition of issuing the permit, the General Manager may require replanting or similar alternatives.

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