Providing a safe, professional, rewarding workplace since 1982.

Brinkman & Associates Reforestation Ltd. began working in Ontario in 1982 and has spearheaded the growth and the diversification of the Ontario silviculture industry. Today, Brinkman operates offices out of Ottawa, Thunder Bay and the GTA. We also maintain equipment warehouses in both Thunder Bay and Dryden. We plant between 15 and 20 million trees in Ontario every year.

The Ontario division is a well-established and diversified silviculture service provider. Our client base extends throughout the province – both in Northern and Southern Ontario. Although planting remains our core activity, we also carry out a variety of brushing, thinning, surveying, slash pile burning, herbicide application, and restoration projects that continue into late November.

Easier Faster Planting

Traditionally, Ontario has hired more inexperienced planters than Alberta and BC. Although tree prices in Ontario are sometimes lower than Alberta and BC, the quality specifications and the terrain are often more manageable in Ontario – especially for the first year planter. Basically, it is easier to plant a tree so you can get up to speed faster and make every day count – which is important in seasonal work. We have also created a program which efficiently and effectively trains our first year planters and gets them up to speed within 10 days.

Lots of Work

It is important to remember that because Brinkman works across Canada and not just in Ontario, we are able to provide work mobility for our experienced planters. The vast majority of planters who start in Ontario, stay in Ontario to plant year after year and make great money and have a great time doing it. We think you will too!

The main planting season in northern Ontario runs from May 1st until July 1st. If you are only available to work for these two months because of a summer commitment, northern Ontario is probably the best place for you to work. For those of you who prefer to plant in Ontario but want to work beyond May and June, we offer work in Southern Ontario in mid-April before the season starts for our experienced planters, and we also offer work in Alberta for July, and work in August in Ontario.

Urban Restoration

Brinkman also works in Southern Ontario in our Restoration division. We work with long term clients on both public and private land. The positions in Southern Ontario involve a mix of treeplanting and herbicide application. The length of season is similar to that in Northern Ontario (May and June) but some positions are also available in April. This work allows workers to stay closer to home but is not a typical tree planting experience. You are generally working out of motels not bush camps. If working in Southern Ontario appeals to you, please make note of this on your application.

Quick Ontario Stats

  • We hire or rehire 350+ planters each year
  • Of those the majority are experienced
  • Over 40% of our workforce and almost 40% of our management is female
  • Our spring planting season (May & June) is about 40 work days (~8 weeks including days off) and up to 50 days on some contracts
  • We will be sending ~40 planters to Alberta for July  
  • More work: Experienced planters can work on our Southern Ontario early work in April, and all planters that worked during the Spring Season can apply to work on our August plant. This is another 10-15 work days
  • ~20 days of extra silviculture work: surveying, burning, cone picking, thinning
  • Tree Prices for site prep range between 9.5-10.5 cents. Tree prices for direct (no site prep) range between 10-12 cents
  • We work 3 or 4 days on and 1 day off
  • DPA is $25

Finally, we take your safety seriously: our staff are required to have a Standard First Aid Certificate; our camps have a First Aid Representative and a Safety Representative; our emergency response program is updated regularly; our drivers are required to complete our Designated Driver Program. Brinkman’s OH&S program has been recognized by the WSIB.

If this appeals to you, apply on this site and choose Ontario!

For more information on working in Ontario contact:


Attn: Neil Whan
Ontario Project Coordinator