Vancouver city councillors are expected to decide on a motion asking residents to pay a “security deposit” if they want to replace old trees with new ones.
It’s part of the city’s urban forest strategy.
Vancouver wants owners to pay a security deposit of $500 or $750, depending on the size of the tree, when they remove one.
Those are funds the city will hold onto until owners can prove they’ve planted a new tree and cared for it for at least a year.
The security deposit is designed to ensure people plant and care for a replacement tree, part of Vancouver’s goal of maintaining its urban forest.