Carolinian Canada | Carolinian Canada
Growing a Green Future Together


Carolinian Canada is a network of leaders growing healthy landscapes for a green future in the Carolinian Zone, Canada’s extraordinary far south, in the spirit and practice of reconciliation. We connect science, community and business for healthy ecosystems and climate-smart neighbourhoods from Toronto to Windsor, Ontario.

Our cross-sector platforms connect 300 groups, 5,000 volunteers and 37,000 hectares to save local wildlife, water and our way of life; and support 14 UN Sustainable Development Goals. (2020)

Carolinian Canada Coalition is a Canadian Registered Charity 83559 4722


Bringing the Zone Together

Carolinian Canada builds relationships for a strong, resilient support network for healthy landscapes.  There are many, many important organizations working on healthy landscape goals in the Carolinian Zone and Carolinian Canada exists to connect them to meet shared objectives on the landscape and to bring the Zone together for greater tangible impact.  


Cross-Sector Platforms for Healthy Landscapes

Carolinian Canada is finding new ways to assist diverse communities have greater positive impact. Multi-partner platforms harness the science of healthy landscapes, new technology and people power to accelerate strategic conservation action. 

Join the discussion. Grow hope. Connect to save local wildlife, water and our way of life. 

  • Big Picture Protected Areas Strategy 
    • Save unique local nature: Double our positive impact for a healthy Zone.

  • My Wild Green Home 
    • Steward wild and climate-smart neighbourhoods:  The Zone's wildest expo goes virtual. Choose your own adventure to save the planet.

  • In the Zone  

    • Seed Canada's Biggest Wildlife Garden: ​What if you had 6 months to save a species but you’re stuck at home? Join the 10K Challenge for hundreds of giveaways for climate-smart wildlife lovers!

  • Conservation Impact Bond 
    • Lead the way to a green a future:  Invest in healthy landscapes - ​Explore the Deshkan Ziibi Conservation Impact Bond Pilot launched March 2020 to grow natural capital.
  • Shifting the Paradigm 

    • Connect with diverse leaders:  A professional forum presented in partnership with WWF-Canada to collaborate for healthy landscapes.

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Healthy Landscape Strategy

The Challenge

We face the triple threat of extinction; climate and health crises locally and globally due to habitat loss.

In the Carolinian Zone we have less than half the habitat recommended for healthy landscapes. This dire situation affects wildlife, water and way of life for 25% of Canadians.

The Solution

Everyone can quickly grow healthy habitat everywhere with native plants – from parks to farms to lawns to infrastructure. Native plants heal the landscape in the spirit and practice of reconciliation; create green jobs, boost natural capital and connect communities.

Extensive research indicates that healthy habitat is the backbone of healthy landscapes, healthy people and a healthy economy. It can reverse the extinction crisis, mitigate disease risk and is 30% of the climate solution for a win-win-win solution.

Accelerating Action

Carolinian Canada connects Canada’s largest ecosystem recovery network to reverse the trend of habitat loss in Canada’s biodiversity hotspot. North America’s longest-running ecoregional network includes First Nations, government, community, business, academia, social enterprise and thousands who care about a healthy environment.  

The Coalition strategically advances a shared vision for healthy, resilient landscapes. We:

  • Enable leaders for thriving green communities
  • Grow connections to scale up healthy habitat action
  • Track impact for a healthy zone, together.

Collective Impact

The Carolinian Zone is the most diverse and fragile ecoregion of Canada. Collectively, we are saving local:

  • Wildlife - 500+ rare and endangered species
  • Water - drinking water for 11 million people in the Great Lakes Basin
  • Way of Life – productive farms, clean air, green jobs and safer climate-smart communities for 25% of Canadians

The Science of Healthy Landscapes

A Big Picture ‘portfolio’ grows healthy landscapes with shared standards across thousands of sites, communities and people in the spirit and practice of reconciliation.

Carolinian Canada works with local communities to customize a healthy landscape approach based on Big Picture goals that link hundreds of recovery and conservation priorities from local to global including UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Big Picture targets for healthy landscapes include (% of Carolinian Zone):

  • Save local nature
    • Indicator: protected areas
    • Current 2%
    • Recommended 17%
    • Gap: 15%​


  • Steward with best practices
    • Indicator: high-quality cultural habitat with native plants
    • Current: unknown
    • Recommended 20%


  • Seed healthy ecosystems 
    • Indicator: natural habitat
    • Current 15%
    • Recommended 30%
    • Gap: 15%
  • Lead the way to green future - invest in healthy landscapes
    • Indicator: communities with biodiversity strategy and thriving native plant industry
    • Current: unknown
    • Recommended: 100%

We are growing a green future together. Join us.

Be part of the Big Picture - a shared vision for southern Ontario where communities thrive because of healthy resilient landscapes.

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Carolinian Canada is a network of leaders growing healthy landscapes for a green future in the Carolinian Zone, Canada's extraordinary far south, in the spirit and practice of reconciliation.

Carolinian Canada is supported financially by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the Government of Ontario, 3M, WWF-Canada, TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, Greenbelt Foundation, City of London, many partners and donors. Canadian Registered Charity 83559 4722

Ontario Trillium Foundation
Government of Ontario
TD Friends of the Environment Foundation
Greenbelt Foundation
City of London