National Program for Ecological Corridors

Working with nature to stop biodiversity loss and fight climate change

A network of protected and conserved areas in Canada is key for:

  • preserving biodiversity
  • addressing impacts of climate change by protecting and restoring ecosystems
  • contributing to the recovery of species at risk

Connected landscapes

To continue to play their important role, protected and conserved areas must also be connected. That is where ecological corridors come into play.

Ecological corridors are areas of land and water that aim to maintain or restore ecological connectivity. They do this by allowing species to move, and natural processes to flow freely across large landscapes.

About ecological corridors

Learn more about ecological corridors and conservation networks.

Supporting Indigenous leadership in ecological corridors

Read about our work with partners and stakeholders to advance reconciliation and protect biodiversity.

National criteria and recognition of ecological corridors

Parks Canada’s approach to recognizing ecological corridors in Canada.

National priority areas for ecological corridors

See where ecological corridors are most needed in Canada.

Funding for ecological corridor initiatives

Learn about funding available to help link protected and conserved areas.

Ecological corridor projects

Find out about work underway.

Objectives of the National Program for Ecological Corridors

  • Collaborate with other levels of government, Indigenous partners, experts, and stakeholders
  • Develop national criteria for ecological corridors that protect and restore ecological connectivity
  • Identify and map priority areas where ecological corridors would halt and reverse biodiversity loss across Canada
  • Support on-the-ground work for corridors through funding towards conservation, restoration, and management
  • Inspire others to take measures in support of ecological connectivity and corridors
Three Plains bisons in a field

Collaborating to support ecological corridors

The National Program for Ecological Corridors supports the conservation of ecological corridors in key areas across Canada. Parks Canada collaborates with other levels of government, partners, experts, and stakeholders to achieve the objectives of the program.

This includes working with Indigenous partners to ensure that the program provides land stewardship and connection opportunities, and is informed by Indigenous knowledge.

Caribou herd ruuning in a snowy field

Minister’s Round Table

Resource conservation staff taking measurements in the river in Kouchibouguac National Park

Through Minister’s Round Table in 2023 and 2020, Parks Canada asked for public input on ecological corridors.

Ecological connectivity

Logo of the Pathway to Canada Target 1 initiative

The Ecological Corridors program builds on and learns from initiatives that support biodiversity conservation and ecological connectivity, such as the Pathway to Canada Target 1.

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