Environment National Parks

Work with the Ontario government to create the country's first urban National Park (Rouge National Park) including improved legislation to protect this park.

Liberal Platform (Page 44) October 5, 2015
Achieved
Jun 2017

Government of Canada fulfills promise to Protect Rouge National Urban Park

Government News Release | June 19, 2017

Our Government has fulfilled our promise to enhance Canada's first national urban park including legislative changes to protect this special place with the passage of Bill C-18 which received Royal Assent today.

Rouge National Urban Park is the first of its kind in Canada, protecting nature, culture, and agriculture in an integrated way and will be a lasting legacy of Canada's 150th anniversary of Confederation. Within one hour's drive of seven million people and accessible by public transit, the Rouge provides unprecedented opportunities to experience nature and connect with our rich cultural and agricultural heritage.

Jun 2016

CPAWS applauds bill to fix Rouge National Urban Park Act

Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) | June 09, 2016

Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) welcomes Bill-C18 introduced in the House of Commons today by the Government of Canada to amend the Rouge National Urban Park Act (RNUP) to prioritize ecological integrity in law in the management of the park. If passed, it would rectify a critical weakness - the failure to prioritize nature conservation in park management and meet the international definition of a protected area.

"Today the Government of Canada got it right," said Janet Sumner, Executive Director for CPAWS Wildlands League. "From the red shouldered hawk and peregrine falcon to the butternut tree and the beautiful Monarch butterfly. This is huge. Nature will come first." Sumner added.

With 7 million people living within one hour's drive of the proposed Rouge National Urban Park, park managers need strong legal tools to protect the park's ecosystems from the inevitable pressures of the surrounding urban environment. This includes an explicit legal mandate to consider nature first and foremost in all management decisions, including when faced with proposals for new roads, parking lots or other development proposals.