As part of Parks Canada’s largest consultation ever, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, Catherine McKenna, invites all Canadians to share their views through “Let’s Talk Parks, Canada!” – a consultation on the future of national parks, national historic sites, and national marine conservation areas.
From January 9 to 27, 2017, Canadians can help shape the future of Canada’s amazing network of heritage places by joining the discussion. They can participate by visiting our interactive comment page at www.letstalkparkscanada.ca and fill out a short questionnaire or use a Do-It-Yourself kit to hold their own consultation event to gather, discuss, and report back to the Minister. Follow us on ParksCanada or Environment and Natural Resources in Canada Facebook accounts and use the hashtag #TalkParks on Twitter. Canadians are also welcome to attend public engagement events that will be held in Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, and Halifax.
- Parks Canada manages one of the finest and most extensive systems of protected areas in the world.
- The Parks Canada Agency Act requires the Minister responsible for Parks Canada to allow Canadians to provide feedback on Parks Canada’s responsibilities every two years. The Minister must respond to the recommendations of the consultations within 180 days.
- We invite you to read Parks Canada’s State of Canada’s Natural and Cultural Heritage Places report to help in your discussions and provide you with information on the progress in establishing protected areas and designating people, places and events of historic significance.
- Previous consultations have addressed a wide variety of topics, such as heritage conservation, visitor experience, and inspiring Canadian youth to connect with our shared natural and cultural heritage.
“I’m excited to launch Let’s Talk Parks, Canada! It is fitting that, as our country celebrates its 150th birthday, we will come together and consider the future of Canada’s treasured places. This is the largest consultation ever undertaken on the work of Parks Canada. We can all play a part in forming the future of our national heritage treasures. Let’s work together to continue to protect and present these special places for future generations.”
Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada