Creating new national urban parks

Parks Canada is currently working with partners in six urban areas to explore the potential for a national urban park.

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Parks Canada is also engaged in exploratory conversations about a potential national urban park in Montreal, Quebec.

Governance of new national urban parks

Each national urban park will have its own governance model. The choice of governance model will be determined by the local context and in collaboration with partners.

Potential governance models may include:

  • federally administered places: national urban parks that are administered by Parks Canada. Rouge National Urban Park is an example of this approach.
  • partnership models: national urban parks that are administered by a collaboration between Parks Canada and other partners.
  • places administered by third parties: national urban parks that are administered by other governments or organizations, which may include municipal, provincial, or Indigenous governments, or other organizations.

Future candidate sites

The 2021 federal budget funded the creation of a network of up to six national urban parks by 2026. Parks Canada is currently working on that commitment.

The December 2021 Minister’s Mandate Letter included a commitment to expand the program to 15 national urban parks. Parks Canada will create a process to identify the additional candidate sites in the coming months.

Check back soon for updates.

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