Growing an Economy of Hope | Carolinian Canada

Growing an Economy of Hope

Welcome to our community of leaders

growing a green future in partnership with native plants.  

An economy of hope is emerging. 

Southern Ontario’s native plant partners are growing locally wild plants with great care and passion.

We all rely on native plants to grow healthy, resilient landscapes and restore vital habitat for native wildlife, such as birds, butterflies, bees, and more. 

Carolinian Canada is committed to supporting the development of a green and just economy based on healthy landscapes.  We aim to support Indigenous leadership and seed strategies to grow healthy landscapes respectfully in partnership with native plants.  We work with business and social enterprise to explore how to grow sustainable local economies and protect natural capital in the spirit and practice of reconciliation.  We support conversations to create sustainable conditions that will enable native plants to flourish for seven generations.

We live on the traditional territories of many nations including the Anishinaabe, the Haudenosaunee, the Lunaapeew, the Wendat and the Mississauga; and the rights and treaties of the many, diverse Indigenous people who live here now.  We commit to the teachings the Two Row Wampum and the One Dish One Spoon Wampum; and our duty to reconcile, learn more and create safe spaces for Indigenous and non-Indigenous perspectives to meet and discuss the issues that matter to everyone.

Take the Native Plant Survey

Click to participate in the development of a seed strategy and explore the potential for growth of a green and just economy for healthy landscapes in southern Ontario in the spirit and practice of reconciliation.  

Your voice is critical if you work with native plants, now or in the future.  You may be, for example, a First Nations community, municipality, nursery, landscape architect, conservation organization, sustainability or supply chain manager, large landowner, volunteer group, horticulture or landscaping business.

This survey has 6 sections and may take approximately 30 minutes to complete.  Your data will be used for charitable conservation purposes and is protected through our privacy policy.  If you have any questions, please contact us.

Share your perspective to participate in these projects:

- Southern Ontario Nature Coalition in the Greater Golden Horseshoe Region in partnership with the Greenbelt Foundation and others.

- Local Seed Strategies e.g. Middlesex, Norfolk in partnership with Ontario Plant Restoration Alliance (OPRA) and diverse landowners

- Carolinian Zone Seed Strategy in partnership with WWF Canada and In the Zone

- Deshkan Ziibi Conservation Impact Bond and other emerging CIB's in partnership with First Nations, corporate, conservation and research leaders.

- Carolinian Canada's Big Picture Healthy Landscape Strategy in partnership with 100 groups and 4,000 volunteers

Many thanks to partners Ontario Plant Restoration Alliance and the Hamilton Naturalists Club that developed the original survey.

Native plants are the building blocks of healthy landscapes.

Native plants can help us

  • address the major challenges of times (reconciliation, climate, extinction, health)
  • in southern Ontario protect 30% of Canada's genetic resources 
  • contribute to 14 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG's)
  • participate in the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration 2021-2030

With current habitat levels at 15% across the Zone, it's time to scale up our planting efforts to meet the 30-50% target that conservation ecologists have identified as a minimum habitat level to support healthy wildlife and pollinator populations. This means growing the right native plants at home, from urban to rural, in gardens, parks, hedgerows, ravines, forests, trails and roadsides, healthy green infrastructure and more.

Together we can 

  • Save biodiversity
  • Steward Canada's Biggest Wildlife Garden
  • Seed high-impact green infrastructure
  • Lead a green and just economy for healthy landscapes in the spirit and practice of reconciliation

In whatever way your work connects to native plants, your input is critical.

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