National Urban Parks

Creating and expanding urban parks to conserve nature, connect people with nature, and advance reconciliation with Indigenous peoples.

About national urban parks

Parks Canada is collaborating with partners, including Indigenous peoples, to create a network of national urban parks in Canada’s large urban centers.

Each national urban park will be unique and created through partnerships. Together, these parks will create a network with a shared vision of conserving nature, connecting people with nature and advancing reconciliation with Indigenous peoples.

These three elements are the foundation of the emerging national urban parks policy, and they help guide the work at each of the program’s candidate sites.

Rouge National Urban Park is the first national urban park in Canada.

Government of Canada invests $130 million to work with partners to create a network of national urban parks

August 2021

Network will help ensure that all Canadians have access to green space.

Read news release

Canada’s conservation commitments

Learn about conserving 30 percent of Canada’s land and water by 2030.

Creating new national urban parks

Parks Canada’s approach to designating national urban parks.

National urban parks policy

Learn about the policy that will be used to designate national urban parks.

Funding for related research

Funds are available for research aligned with program objectives.

Minister’s Round Table on Parks Canada 2020

Read the report, which includes recommendations about urban parks.

National urban park candidate sites

Find out about work underway in urban centers across Canada.

Benefits of national urban parks

The economy, health, climate solutions equity, inclusion, and more.

Visit a national urban park

Rouge National Urban Park

Learn more about the Rouge National Urban Park, the first of its kind at Parks Canada. The new National Urban Parks Program will build on the many successes of the Rouge, while exploring different models of governance.

Go to Rouge National Urban Park

Check back soon for more updates about the program and the candidate sites as they advance.

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