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Parks Canada Agency

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Table of Contents

General Information

Institutional Functions, Programs and Activities

Additional Information

General Information

Background

Parks Canada, which was established as an independent Government of Canada Agency in 1998, is responsible for application of the following legislation: the Parks Canada Agency Act, the Canada National Parks Act, the Canada National Marine Conservation Areas Act, the Historic Sites and Monuments Act, the Heritage Railway Stations Protection Act, the Historic Canal Regulations pursuant to the Department of Transport Act, the Heritage Lighthouse Protection Act, and the Species at Risk Act.

Parks Canada's Chief Executive Officer reports directly to the Minister of the Environment.

Responsibilities

The mandate of the Parks Canada Agency is defined in the Parks Canada Agency Act.

On behalf of the people of Canada, we protect and present nationally significant examples of Canada's natural and cultural heritage, and foster public understanding, appreciation and enjoyment in ways that ensure the ecological and commemorative integrity of these places for present and future generations.

Parks Canada manages national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas on behalf of Canadians. Parks Canada is a proud steward of these heritage places and protects and presents them for the benefit and enjoyment of present and future generations of Canadians.

As the first national park service in the world, Parks Canada has and continues to play a vital role in the development of a system of national parks representative of the diversity of natural regions and landscapes of Canada. Similarly, national marine conservation areas represent Canada's marine regions spanning its three oceans and the Great Lakes. In managing national parks, Parks Canada is mandated to protect ecological integrity while in national marine conservation areas the Agency works to foster the ecologically sustainable use of marine resources while protecting key features. In carrying out its responsibilities, Parks Canada works in collaboration with Aboriginal peoples, stakeholders and neighboring communities.

Each national historic site tells its own story and contributes to our understanding of Canada as a whole. They are special places where visitors can learn about the persons and events that shaped Canada as we know it today and where they can experience Canada's history. Parks Canada strives to ensure the system of national historic sites - comprised of places, persons and events of national historic significance - reflects the country's rich history. The system is developed in collaboration with Canadians to define important aspects of Canada's history.

Today, national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas offer to Canadians a variety of recreational activities and learning experiences as well as a unique opportunity to personally connect with these heritage places. There are more than 20 million person-visits annually to the heritage places administered by Parks Canada.

In addition, some of Parks Canada's activities are focused on formal designations by the Government of Canada and, where mandated, providing support for the conservation and presentation of designated heritage properties that are managed by others. These include national historic sites, heritage railway stations, heritage lighthouses, federal heritage buildings, archaeological sites, the gravesites of Canadian prime ministers and Canadian heritage rivers. Parks Canada shows leadership in the conservation of built heritage through Parks Canada's National Historic Sites Cost-Sharing Program, a contribution program for non-federally-owned national historic sites and through its administration of the Canadian Register of Historic Places, an online, searchable database of historic places designated by all levels of government in Canada.

Parks Canada also contributes to international heritage conservation through its leadership and participation in international conventions, programs, and agreements, notably the World Heritage Convention.

Institutional Functions, Programs and Activities

Canadians have a strong sense of connection, through meaningful experiences, to their national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas and these protected places are enjoyed in ways that leave them unimpaired for present and future generations.

PA-1.1 HERITAGE PLACES ESTABLISHMENT

This program includes systems planning, completing feasibility assessments, research, consulting with Aboriginal peoples, stakeholders and the public, negotiating with other governments and Aboriginal organizations and obtaining Ministerial approval, resulting in established national parks and national marine conservation areas and designated national historic sites of Canada and other heritage places. Canada's national parks and national marine conservation areas, as well as the persons, places and events of national historic significance to Canada are symbols to the world and are part of the fabric of the nation. Preservation of Canada's natural and cultural heritage and making it available to Canadians for discovery and enjoyment is of key importance. Establishing heritage places is essential to enhancing pride, encouraging stewardship and giving expression to our identity as Canadians, and involving Canada in the internationally shared objective of protecting and commemorating the best of the world's natural and cultural heritage.

1.1.1 NATIONAL PARK ESTABLISHMENT AND EXPANSION

This program involves the completion of the national parks system in accordance with the National Parks System Plan. Canada is divided into 39 distinct natural regions based on unique physiographic and vegetative characteristics and Parks Canada's goal is to have at least one national park representative of each natural region. The completion of the system will protect outstanding examples of Canada's natural diversity, and provide Canadians with opportunities to experience understand and appreciate that diversity. Five steps are involved in the process to establish a national park: identify areas representative of a natural region; select an optimum national park candidate from the list of representative areas; assess the feasibility of establishing the proposed park through studies and consultations; negotiate new park agreements, including any that may be required with Aboriginal peoples or organizations; and formally establish the national park in legislation.

Mineral Resources in National Parks
Description: Includes records related to the assessment of mineral and energy potential and to mining, oil and gas activities at or near proposed national parks. Records may include information on mineral and oil and gas exploration and development.
Document Types: Reports; studies; inventories, mineral claims, exploration licenses.
Record Number: PC HPE NP MR 001

National Parks Establishment Program
Description: Includes records related to the planning and establishment of national parks. Records may include information about system planning, identification and selection of potential national park areas, feasibility assessments of proposed national parks, negotiations of agreements with other governments, Aboriginal organizations and other federal departments, public consultations, reports to Parliament, strategic environmental assessments, Aboriginal issues and claims, legislative proposals and policies. Records may also include information related to completing the system of national parks.
Document Types: Plans; studies; reports; PowerPoint presentations; website content; brochures; newsletters; fact sheets; briefing notes; legal opinions; agreements; meeting minutes and summaries.
Record Number: PC HPE NP EP 002

1.1.2 NATIONAL MARINE CONSERVATION AREA ESTABLISHMENT

This program involves the expansion and ultimate completion of the national marine conservation areas system in accordance with the National Marine Conservation Areas System Plan entitled Sea to Sea to Sea. Canada is divided into 29 distinct marine regions based on unique oceanographic and biological characteristics and Parks Canada's goal is to protect and conserve a representative example of each of the 29 regions. The completion of the system will protect outstanding examples of the diversity of Canada's oceans and Great Lakes and provide Canadians with opportunities to experience, understand, and appreciate that diversity. Five steps are involved in the process to establish a national marine conservation area: identify areas representative of a marine region; select an optimum national marine conservation area candidate from the list of representative areas; assess the feasibility of establishing the proposed marine conservation area through studies and consultations; negotiate new national marine conservation area agreements, including any that may be required with Aboriginal peoples or organizations; and formally establish the national marine conservation area in legislation.

Mineral Resources in National Marine Conservation Areas
Description: Includes records related to the assessment of mineral and energy potential and to mining, oil and gas activities at or near proposed national marine conservation areas. Records may include information on mineral and oil and gas exploration and development.
Document Types: Reports, studies, inventories, mineral claims, exploration licenses.
Record Number: PC HPE NMC MR 002

National Marine Conservation Areas Program
Description: Includes records related to the planning and establishment of national marine conservation areas. Records may include information about system planning, identification and selection of potential national marine conservation areas, feasibility assessments of proposed national marine conservation areas, negotiations of agreements with other governments, Aboriginal organizations and federal government departments, public consultations, reports to Parliament, strategic environmental assessments, interim management plans, Aboriginal issues and claims, legislative proposals and policies. Records may also include information related to completing the system of national marine conservation areas and to planning the national network of marine protected areas by federal, provincial and territorial marine protected area agencies.
Document Types: Plans; studies; reports; PowerPoint presentations; web content; brochures; newsletters; fact sheets; briefing notes; legal opinions; agreements; meeting minutes and summaries.
Record Number: PC HPE NMC EP 001

1.1.3 NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE DESIGNATIONS

This program involves the implementation of The National Historic Sites of Canada System Plan. Designations under the National Historic Sites System Plan safeguard and chronicle the determination and ingenuity of Canadians and the contributions they have made. The long-term strategy is to enhance the commemoration of places, persons and events of national historic significance. Implementation of the plan involves Parks Canada, the public, who make most of the nominations for designation, the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada, which reviews all submissions and recommends the designation of places, persons and events, and the Minister of the Environment, who makes the final designations. The System of National Historic Sites respects the significance and irreplaceable historical legacy reflecting Canada's values and identity.

Historical and Contemporary Technical References for National Historic Sites
Description: Technical reference documentation regarding national historic sites.
Document Types: Plans, drawings, specifications (contract, construction and manufacturing); standards and guidelines, "as-found" information, archaeological reports, feasibility studies, field notes, general information and training packages.
Record Number: PC HPE NHS REF 001

National Historic Site Designation Programs
Description: Information on the commemoration and designation of places, sites, persons and events of national historic significance.
Document Types: Commemorative integrity statements, Directory of Federal Heritage Designations, Canadian Register of Historic Places in Canada, reports, minutes, evaluations, submissions, recommendations, National Historic Sites System Plan, policies, legislation and regulations, historical, architectural and archaeological reports, data base.
Record Number: PC HPE NHS EP 001

  • National Historic Sites
    Description:This bank describes information about the commemoration and conservation of historic places of national and international significance, including funding and assistance programs such as the current National Historic Sites of Canada Cost-Sharing Program, and the former Commercial Heritage Properties Incentive Fund, the Historic Places Initiative, and the Historic Places Class Contribution Program. Personal information may include name, contact information, financial information, language of communication, personal views and opinions of the individual, other personal data which may be contained in the project proposal, and signature.
    Class of Individuals: Owners, lessees and operators of historic sites or their representatives, and representatives of private sector businesses, provincial, territorial, and local governments, heritage stakeholder groups, Aboriginal groups and other non-profit organizations, and provincial or territorial Crown corporations that provide funding or are otherwise involved in the commemoration or conservation of Canada's historic places.
    Purpose: Information is used in commemoration decisions, to maintain a register of owners and lessees of national historic sites, and to process applications for funding and assistance under related programs. Personal information is collected pursuant to the Parks Canada Agency Act.
    Consistent Uses: The Canadian Register of National Historic Sites and the Directory of Federal Heritage Designations are publicly accessible on the Parks Canada website. Information may also be used for program evaluation and/or reporting purposes.
    Retention and Disposal Standards: Under development.
    RDA Number: Under development.
    Related Record Number: PC HPE NHS EP 001, PC HPE OHP EP 001, PC HRC NHS CP 002, PC HRC OHP CP 001
    TBS Registration: 20091652
    Bank Number: PC PPU 085

1.1.4 OTHER HERITAGE PLACES DESIGNATIONS

This program involves commemorating or designating federal heritage buildings, Canadian heritage rivers and heritage railway stations. Parks Canada is the lead federal agency for the implementation of the World Heritage Convention in Canada, and plays a role in other international programs such as UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere Program. World heritage sites represent natural and cultural heritage of outstanding universal value and Biosphere Reserves put into practice principles of sustainable development and serve as sound examples in conservation and education. Parks Canada works with other government departments, other levels of government and a wide range of partners to increase the number of these designations in Canada.

Other Heritage Places Designation Programs
Description: Information on the commemoration and designation of historic places of national and international significance, namely national historic sites, heritage railway stations, heritage lighthouses, federal heritage buildings, grave sites of Canadian prime ministers and cultural world heritage sites.
Document Types: Canadian Register of Historic Places in Canada, Directory of Federal Heritage Designations, Register of Federal Heritage Buildings, minutes, evaluations, reports, National Historic Sites System Plan, policies, legislation, regulations; historical, architectural and archaeological reports; inventories of federal heritage buildings, heritage railway stations, grave sites of Canadian prime ministers, cultural world heritage sites and of heritage lighthouses; data base.
Record Number: PC HPE OHP EP 001

  • Heritage Lighthouse Program
    Description:This bank describes information about the Heritage Lighthouse Program. Personal information may include name, contact information, signature, and self-identification of age (18 years or older).
    Class of Individuals: Residents of Canada 18 years and older such as individuals, representatives of other levels of government or community-based groups who submit a nomination for the heritage designation of a lighthouse, as well as individuals who have signed an accompanying petition.
    Purpose: Personal information is used in commemoration decisions and is collected under the authority of the Heritage Lighthouse Protection Act.
    Consistent Uses: Name, contact information and signature may be shared with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada. Information may also be used for program evaluation and/or reporting purposes.
    Retention and Disposal Standards: Under development.
    RDA Number: Under development.
    Related Record Number: PC HPE OHP EP 001, PC HRC OHP CP 001
    TBS Registration: 20100275
    Bank Number: PC PPU 052

  • National Historic Sites
    Description:This bank describes information about the commemoration and conservation of historic places of national and international significance, including funding and assistance programs such as the current National Historic Sites of Canada Cost-Sharing Program, and the former Commercial Heritage Properties Incentive Fund, the Historic Places Initiative, and the Historic Places Class Contribution Program. Personal information may include name, contact information, financial information, language of communication, personal views and opinions of the individual, other personal data which may be contained in the project proposal, and signature.
    Class of Individuals: Owners, lessees and operators of historic sites or their representatives, and representatives of private sector businesses, provincial, territorial, and local governments, heritage stakeholder groups, Aboriginal groups and other non-profit organizations, and provincial or territorial Crown corporations that provide funding or are otherwise involved in the commemoration or conservation of Canada's historic places.
    Purpose: Information is used in commemoration decisions, to maintain a register of owners and lessees of national historic sites, and to process applications for funding and assistance under related programs. Personal information is collected pursuant to the Parks Canada Agency Act.
    Consistent Uses: The Canadian Register of National Historic Sites and the Directory of Federal Heritage Designations are publicly accessible on the Parks Canada website. Information may also be used for program evaluation and/or reporting purposes.
    Retention and Disposal Standards: Under development.
    RDA Number: Under development.
    Related Record Number: PC HPE NHS EP 001, PC HPE OHP EP 001, PC HRC NHS CP 002, PC HRC OHP CP 001
    TBS Registration: 20091652
    Bank Number: PC PPU 085

PA-1.2 HERITAGE RESOURCES CONSERVATION

This program includes maintenance or restoration of ecological integrity in national parks through protection of natural resources and natural processes; ensuring the commemorative integrity of national historic sites managed by Parks Canada and influencing the commemorative integrity of those managed or owned by third parties; the protection and management of cultural resources under the administration of Parks Canada; and, the ecologically sustainable use of national marine conservation areas including protection of unique marine ecosystems. This program also includes fulfilling legal responsibilities assigned to Parks Canada by the Species at Risk Act and the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act. The protection of Canada's most special natural and cultural resources ensures that current and future generations will enjoy a system of protected heritage places.

1.2.1 NATIONAL PARKS CONSERVATION

Parks Canada has responsibilities under the Canada National Parks Act to protect and conserve nationally significant representative natural areas on behalf of the people of Canada for their benefit, education and enjoyment and to ensure National Parks are maintained and made use of as to leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations. National Parks Conservation includes maintenance or restoration of ecological integrity through: ecological research and monitoring to gain a better understanding of the state of health, natural ecological processes and biodiversity of parks; and the impact of stressors on ecosystems. Protection and conservation occurs through scientific research, planning, reporting, public consultation, negotiation with stakeholders and others to influence actions that occur on lands located adjacent to protected heritage areas, cooperative management agreements, adaptive management and restoration of ecosystem processes and biodiversity. Protection and conservation also occurs through specific activities such as prevention, law enforcement and fire management. This program also includes activities to manage cultural resources in parks and townsites, and environmental management to reduce the environmental impact of operations, townsites and highways. Over half of Canada's endangered and threatened species can be found in the protected heritage areas administered by Parks Canada. Parks Canada will protect these species and their critical habitat in the Agency's heritage areas, and will support their recovery by leading the development and implementation of recovery strategies, surveying and monitoring their status, and conducting public education programs. Recovery planning is an obligation under the Species at Risk Act.

Cultural Resource Management
Description: Information on cultural resource management in national parks, including heritage buildings and archaeology.
Document Types: Reports and studies, policies, regulations, guidelines, standards of practice, ecological monitoring and reporting guidelines and reports, data resulting from ecological monitoring programs.
Record Number: PC HRC NP CRM 007

  • Research and Collection Permit System
    Description:The Research and Collection Permit System is an online system for the administration and management of research application, permitting, tracking, storage and reporting in national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas that enables all research to be conducted under standardized and harmonized rules, regulations and procedures, and facilitates storage of research information in a single multidisciplinary database.
    Class of Individuals: Natural and Social Science, and Archaeological researchers who require permits to conduct research in Parks Canada's heritage areas.
    Purpose: To ensure that research and collection activities are conducted under nationally consistent guidelines and procedures, by qualified people, using methods that are scientifically sound and which comply with applicable legislation, policies and corporate priorities.
    Consistent Uses: None.
    Retention and Disposal Standards: Under development.
    RDA Number: 72/010
    Related Record Number: PC HRC NMC CM 002, PC HRC NP CRM 007, PC HRC NHS RM 005
    TBS Registration: 001749
    Bank Number: PC PPU 061

Environmental Assessment
Description: Information related to the implementation of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, the Mackenzie Valley Resource Management Act, the Yukon Environmental and Socioeconomic Assessment Act, Bill C-25 (draft Nunavut Planning and Project Assessment Act), the Cabinet Directive on Environmental Assessment of Policy, Plan and Program Proposals, applicable components of the Inuvialuit Final Agreement and the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement, and Parks Canada policy on environmental assessment.
Document Types: Project-level screenings, strategic environmental assessments and comprehensive studies; policies (including directives, guidelines, operational procedures), reports and analyses related to natural and cultural resources, briefing notes, public statements and notices of decision, web content, training documents and monitoring reports.
Record Number: PC HRC NP EA 001

Fire Management
Description: Information on wildfire management in national parks and historic sites including, weather, fire ecology, wildfire management, prescribed fire and fuel management, policy and standards for the management of fires.
Document Types: Policy and standard documents, prescribed fire and fuel management plans, planning and reports documents related to wildfires and prescribed fires, real-time situational information on fire weather, danger and management actions; annual reviews and reports on individual and program fire activities, scientific reports related to fire management.
Record Number: PC HRC NP FM 002

National Park Resource Protection and Law Enforcement
Description: Information on law enforcement activities focused on the protection provisions of the Canada National Parks Act and its regulations and other complementary legislation such as the Species at Risk Act in national parks and townsites for the purpose of protection and conservation of natural and cultural resources.
Document Types: Correspondence, reports, internal service delivery agreements, memoranda of understanding with partner agencies, operational policy documents, and operational guidelines.
Record Number: PC HRC NP PLE 003

National Parks Conservation - Engineering and Architectural Projects
Description: Information on engineering and architectural projects carried out for the conservation of national parks, including planning, design, construction, operation, maintenance, equipment, services, utilities, facilities, claims and evaluation.
Document Types: Project authorization forms, project briefs, design data, cost estimates, management reports and project schedules.
Record Number: PC HRC NP EAP 004

Natural Resource Management
Description: Information on environmental protection in national parks, including botany, ecology, wildlife, forestry management, climate change, ecological restoration, pollution of air, land and water.
Document Types: Reports and studies, policies, regulations, guidelines, standards of practice, ecological monitoring and reporting guidelines and reports, data resulting from ecological monitoring programs.
Record Number: PC HRC NP NRM 005

Species At Risk
Description: Information related to the implementation and enforcement of the Species at Risk Act.
Document Types: Reports and studies related to species at risk and their habitats, policies, regulations, directives (guiding principles), standards and templates, operational procedures, recovery strategies, action plans, species status assessments produced by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC), habitat maps, spatial analyses.
Record Number: PC HRC NP SAR 006

1.2.2 NATIONAL MARINE CONSERVATION AREAS SUSTAINABILITY

Parks Canada has responsibilities under the Canada National Marine Conservation Areas Act to protect and conserve representative marine areas for the benefit, education and enjoyment of the people of Canada and the world. These areas are to be managed and used in an ecologically sustainable manner that meets the needs of present and future generations without compromising the structure and function of the ecosystems with which they are associated. The management of marine conservation areas involves agencies other than Parks Canada that have legislated mandates respecting activities such as fishing and marine navigation, activities that will continue subject to shared understandings that respect the principle of ecologically sustainable use. National Marine Area Sustainability includes ecological research and monitoring to gain a better understanding of the state of health, natural ecological processes and biodiversity of national marine conservation areas. These areas are managed through scientific research, planning, reporting, public consultation, negotiation with other involved management agencies, stakeholders and others to influence actions that occur in areas adjacent to protected heritage areas, cooperative management agreements, adaptive management and restoration of ecosystem processes and biodiversity. Conservation also is achieved through specific activities such as public education, compliance, and law enforcement.

National Marine Conservation Area Resource Protection and Law Enforcement
Description: Information on law enforcement activities focused on the conservation provisions of the Canada National Marine Conservation Areas Act and other complementary legislation such as the Species at Risk Act in national marine conservation areas, for the purpose of protecting natural and cultural resources.
Document Types: Correspondence, reports, internal service delivery agreements, memoranda of understanding with partner agencies, operational policy documents, and operational guidelines.
Record Number: PC HRC NMC PLE 001

National Marine Conservation Areas Management
Description: Includes records related to the administration, management and control of national marine conservation areas. Records may include information on management planning, zoning, monitoring and reporting, human uses, governance, research, monitoring, Aboriginal issues, cooperative management, public consultations.
Document Types: Plans, studies, surveys, inventories, statistics, reports, consultation records, meeting minutes/summaries, brochures, newsletters, fact sheets, web content, PowerPoint presentations, briefing notes, leases, licenses and permits, agreements.
Record Number: PC HRC NMC CM 002

  • High Risk Activities
    Description:The bank contains information on persons involved in activities that have been assessed as having a higher level of risk, defines location, activity, number in group, etc.
    Class of Individuals:Parks Canada visitors.
    Purpose:To provide a record of visitors in case of overdue registration.
    Consistent Uses:Provides up-to-date information on use, locations, frequency, accidents, lost, or missing persons.
    Retention and Disposal Standards: Under development.
    RDA Number:78/001
    Related Record Number:PC HRC NMC CM 002, PC VE NP VPR 009
    TBS Registration:001753
    Bank Number: PC PPU 069

  • Research and Collection Permit System
    Description:The Research and Collection Permit System is an online system for the administration and management of research application, permitting, tracking, storage and reporting in national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas that enables all research to be conducted under standardized and harmonized rules, regulations and procedures, and facilitates storage of research information in a single multidisciplinary database.
    Class of Individuals: Natural and Social Science, and Archaeological researchers who require permits to conduct research in Parks Canada's heritage areas.
    Purpose: To ensure that research and collection activities are conducted under nationally consistent guidelines and procedures, by qualified people, using methods that are scientifically sound and which comply with applicable legislation, policies and corporate priorities.
    Consistent Uses: None.
    Retention and Disposal Standards: Under development.
    RDA Number: 72/010
    Related Record Number: PC HRC NMC CM 002, PC HRC NP CRM 007, PC HRC NHS RM 005
    TBS Registration: 001749
    Bank Number: PC PPU 061

National Marine Conservation Areas Resource Management
Description: Includes records related to natural and cultural heritage protection in national marine conservation areas. Records may include information on biology and ecology, species presence and location, rare and endangered species, invasive species, research and monitoring, fishing and harvesting, shipping routes, climate change, ecological restoration, pollution of air, land and water, as well as cultural resources (such as shipwrecks).
Document Types: Reports, studies, inventories, surveys, policies, regulations, guidelines, standards of practice, licenses and permits.
Record Number: PC HRC NMC RM 003

1.2.3 NATIONAL HISTORIC SITES CONSERVATION

This program reflects Parks Canada's mandate to ensure the commemorative integrity of national historic sites on Parks Canada lands. It includes the inventorying and evaluation of resources to determine cultural and historic value; the consideration of historic value in actions affecting cultural resources; and the monitoring and review of ongoing activities. Key activities reflect the management regime for national historic sites: preparation of commemorative integrity statements, evaluations of the state of commemorative integrity, management planning, and conservation actions to improve the condition of cultural resources, the effectiveness of communications, and practices which support good cultural resource management.

National Historic Sites Conservation Programs
Description: Information on the conservation of commemorative integrity of national historic sites on Parks Canada lands.
Document Types: Commemorative integrity statements, evaluations, policies, legislation and regulations, Canadian Register of Historic Places in Canada, Directory of Federal Heritage Designations, standards and guidelines, historical, architectural and archaeological reports, training materials, data bases, management plans.
Record Number: PC HRC NHS CP 002

  • National Historic Sites
    Description:This bank describes information about the commemoration and conservation of historic places of national and international significance, including funding and assistance programs such as the current National Historic Sites of Canada Cost-Sharing Program, and the former Commercial Heritage Properties Incentive Fund, the Historic Places Initiative, and the Historic Places Class Contribution Program. Personal information may include name, contact information, financial information, language of communication, personal views and opinions of the individual, other personal data which may be contained in the project proposal, and signature.
    Class of Individuals: Owners, lessees and operators of historic sites or their representatives, and representatives of private sector businesses, provincial, territorial, and local governments, heritage stakeholder groups, Aboriginal groups and other non-profit organizations, and provincial or territorial Crown corporations that provide funding or are otherwise involved in the commemoration or conservation of Canada's historic places.
    Purpose: Information is used in commemoration decisions, to maintain a register of owners and lessees of national historic sites, and to process applications for funding and assistance under related programs. Personal information is collected pursuant to the Parks Canada Agency Act.
    Consistent Uses: The Canadian Register of National Historic Sites and the Directory of Federal Heritage Designations are publicly accessible on the Parks Canada website. Information may also be used for program evaluation and/or reporting purposes.
    Retention and Disposal Standards: Under development.
    RDA Number: Under development.
    Related Record Number: PC HPE NHS EP 001, PC HPE OHP EP 001, PC HRC NHS CP 002, PC HRC OHP CP 001
    TBS Registration: 20091652
    Bank Number: PC PPU 085

National Historic Sites Conservation - Engineering and Architectural Projects
Description: Information on engineering and architectural projects carried out for the conservation of Parks Canada's national historic sites, including planning, design, construction, operation, maintenance, equipment, services, utilities, facilities, claims and evaluation.
Document Types: Project authorization forms, project briefs, design data, cost estimates, management reports and project schedules.
Record Number: PC HRC NHS EAP 003

National Historic Sites Conservation - Environmental Protection
Description: Information on environmental protection in national historic sites, including pollution of air, land and water, as well as regulations, studies and reports concerning environmental protection.
Document Types: Correspondence and reports on environmental protection, documents on pollution and pollutants, regulations, reports and official minutes, surveys and studies.
Record Number: PC HRC NHS EP 004

National Historic Sites Conservation - Resource Management
Description: Includes records related to natural and cultural resources protection in national historic sites.
Document Types: Reports, archaeological reports, studies, inventories, surveys, policies, regulations, guidelines, standards of practice, licenses and permits.
Record Number: PC HRC NHS RM 005

  • Research and Collection Permit System
    Description:The Research and Collection Permit System is an online system for the administration and management of research application, permitting, tracking, storage and reporting in national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas that enables all research to be conducted under standardized and harmonized rules, regulations and procedures, and facilitates storage of research information in a single multidisciplinary database.
    Class of Individuals: Natural and Social Science, and Archaeological researchers who require permits to conduct research in Parks Canada's heritage areas.
    Purpose: To ensure that research and collection activities are conducted under nationally consistent guidelines and procedures, by qualified people, using methods that are scientifically sound and which comply with applicable legislation, policies and corporate priorities.
    Consistent Uses: None.
    Retention and Disposal Standards: Under development.
    RDA Number: 72/010
    Related Record Number: PC HRC NMC CM 002, PC HRC NP CRM 007, PC HRC NHS RM 005
    TBS Registration: 001749
    Bank Number: PC PPU 061

National Historic Sites Conservation - Water Resources
Description: Information on water levels, water rights, hydro power development, hydrometric networks and use of water resources in national historic sites.
Document Types:; Hydrological surveys, regulations, reports, surveys and studies.
Record Number: PC HRC NHS WR 006

National Historic Sites Resource Protection and Law Enforcement
Description: Information on law enforcement activities focused on the protection provisions of the Canada National Parks Act and its regulations and other complementary legislation such as the Species at Risk Act as they relate to protecting cultural and natural resources of national historic sites on Parks Canada land.
Document Types: Correspondence, reports, internal service delivery agreements, memoranda of understanding with partner agencies, operational policy documents, and operational guidelines.
Record Number: PC HRC NHS PLE 001

1.2.4 OTHER HERITAGE PLACES CONSERVATION

This program involves providing advice and recommendations on appropriate conservation measures to owners/operators of national historic sites not administered by Parks Canada and for other protected heritage areas (federal heritage buildings, heritage railway stations, gravesites of Canadian prime ministers, Canadian heritage rivers). Parks Canada lends its protection expertise and contributes to ensuring that global heritage and biodiversity are protected and Canada's significant examples of national or international natural and cultural heritage are safeguarded for current and future generations. Parks Canada's involvement in World Heritage and the Man and Biosphere Program are governed by international conventions to which Canada is a signatory. Parks Canada has directly engaged Canadians in helping to preserve non-federally administered national historic sites by contributing funds, toward conservation and presentation projects on a cost-shared basis to a maximum of one million dollars. Parks Canada supports a limited number of cost-share agreements to assist with modest conservation projects for emergency stabilization or repairs, at sites experiencing growing threat or impairment. Eligible recipients are non-profit organizations, Aboriginal organizations, and provinces, territories and municipalities. Individuals and for-profit corporations are ineligible.

Other Heritage Places Conservation Programs
Description: Information on the conservation of historic places of national and international significance, namely national historic sites, heritage railway stations, heritage lighthouses, federal heritage buildings, grave sites of Canadian prime ministers, archaeological sites on federal lands and world heritage sites.
Document Types: Canadian Register of Historic Places in Canada, Directory of Federal Heritage Designations, Register of Federal Heritage Buildings, standards and guidelines for the conservation of historic places in Canada, correspondence, policies, legislation, regulations, contribution agreements, evaluations, reports, data bases, publications; historical, architectural and archaeological research reports; inventories of federal heritage buildings, heritage railway stations, grave sites of Canadian prime ministers, cultural world heritage sites and heritage lighthouses.
Record Number: PC HRC OHP CP 001

  • Heritage Lighthouse Program
    Description: This bank describes information about the Heritage Lighthouse Program. Personal information may include name, contact information, signature, and self-identification of age (18 years or older).
    Class of Individuals: Residents of Canada 18 years and older such as individuals, representatives of other levels of government or community-based groups who submit a nomination for the heritage designation of a lighthouse, as well as individuals who have signed an accompanying petition.
    Purpose: Personal information is used in commemoration decisions and is collected under the authority of the Heritage Lighthouse Protection Act.
    Consistent Uses: Name, contact information and signature may be shared with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada. Information may also be used for program evaluation and/or reporting purposes.
    Retention and Disposal Standards: Under development.
    RDA Number: Under development.
    Related Record Number: PC HPE OHP EP 001, PC HRC OHP CP 001
    TBS Registration: 20100275
    Bank Number: PC PPU 052
  • National Historic Sites
    Description:This bank describes information about the commemoration and conservation of historic places of national and international significance, including funding and assistance programs such as the current National Historic Sites of Canada Cost-Sharing Program, and the former Commercial Heritage Properties Incentive Fund, the Historic Places Initiative, and the Historic Places Class Contribution Program. Personal information may include name, contact information, financial information, language of communication, personal views and opinions of the individual, other personal data which may be contained in the project proposal, and signature.
    Class of Individuals: Owners, lessees and operators of historic sites or their representatives, and representatives of private sector businesses, provincial, territorial, and local governments, heritage stakeholder groups, Aboriginal groups and other non-profit organizations, and provincial or territorial Crown corporations that provide funding or are otherwise involved in the commemoration or conservation of Canada's historic places.
    Purpose: Information is used in commemoration decisions, to maintain a register of owners and lessees of national historic sites, and to process applications for funding and assistance under related programs. Personal information is collected pursuant to the Parks Canada Agency Act.
    Consistent Uses: The Canadian Register of National Historic Sites and the Directory of Federal Heritage Designations are publicly accessible on the Parks Canada website. Information may also be used for program evaluation and/or reporting purposes.
    Retention and Disposal Standards: Under development.
    RDA Number: Under development.
    Related Record Number: PC HPE NHS EP 001, PC HPE OHP EP 001, PC HRC NHS CP 002, PC HRC OHP CP 001
    TBS Registration: 20091652
    Bank Number: PC PPU 085

Other Heritage Places Conservation Protection and Law Enforcement
Description: Information on law enforcement activities in other historic sites focused on the conservation provisions in the Species at Risk Act for the purpose of protecting natural and cultural resources.
Document Types: Correspondence, reports, internal service delivery agreements, memoranda of understanding with partner agencies, operational policy documents, and operational guidelines.
Record Number: PC HRC OHP PLE 002

Other Heritage Places Conservation - Engineering and Architectural Projects
Description: Information on engineering and architectural projects carried out for the conservation of other heritage places, including planning, design, construction, operation, maintenance, equipment, services, utilities, facilities; claims and evaluation.
Document Types: Project authorization forms, project briefs, design data, cost estimates, management reports and project schedules.
Record Number: PC HRC OHP EAP 003

Other Historic Sites Conservation - Environmental Protection
Description: Information on environmental protection in other historic sites, including pollution of air, land and water, as well as regulations, studies and reports concerning environmental protection.
Document Types: Correspondence and reports on environmental protection, documents on pollution and pollutants, regulations, reports and official minutes, surveys, studies.
Record Number: PC HRC OHP EP 004

PA-1.3 PUBLIC APPRECIATION AND UNDERSTANDING

This program activity aims to increase Canadians' understanding, appreciation, support and engagement with respect to the natural and historical heritage of Parks Canada administered places. This is accomplished by reaching Canadians in their daily lives when they are in their communities through relevant and effective communication and public outreach education initiatives as well as by engaging many stakeholders and partners in the development and implementation of the Agency's future direction.

1.3.1 PUBLIC OUTREACH EDUCATION AND EXTERNAL COMMUNICATIONS

Public outreach education and external communications focuses on facilitating opportunities for Canadians to understand and learn the natural and historical heritage of Parks Canada's administered places. These opportunities are provided through targeted initiatives, responsive and relevant to audiences' needs and interests informed by social science research. Public and media relations form the cornerstone of the external communications activities, maximising positive coverage in news and mass media, and mobilising public opinion for Parks Canada's mandate and activities. Public outreach education mobilises a diversity of learning contexts available to Canadians and results in initiatives such as: exhibits featuring Parks Canada places in urban museums, zoos and aquariums; learning opportunities on the Web, in print media, through television, films and new media. The reach and relevance of these initiatives are enhanced through collaborations with audiences, stakeholders and partners.

Outreach Products and Initiatives
Description: Information pertaining to products and initiatives developed to reach Canadians, in a variety of settings, to facilitate opportunities to learn and appreciate Parks Canada's administered places.
Document Types: Films, broadcasts, mobile applications, social networking site entries, brochures, booklets, factsheets, interpretation panels, exhibits, photos, reports, databases, guidelines, web pages, policies, inventories, research and newsletters.
Record Number: PC PAU EEC 001

  • Literary Contest - Heritage Presentation and Public Education (no longer exists)
    Description:Name, personal address, phone number, age, citizenship, sex, electronic address.
    Class of Individuals: Canadian citizens or permanent residents, 13 years and older, who have entered contests.
    Purpose: To make sure that contestants meet the requirements to enter the contests (age, citizenship); to be able to reach the winners and send them their prizes; and to draw generic profiles of contestants, to be used in developing future contests.
    Consistent Uses: Creation of a list of addresses of people who wish to receive more information on Parks Canada. The personal information collected will include only those people who indicated their agreement by ticking the box on the form explaining that the addresses will be used to send information concerning Parks Canada's programs and services.
    Retention and Disposal Standards: Under development.
    RDA Number: 78/001
    Related Record Number: PC PAU EEC 001
    TBS Registration: 005385
    Bank Number: PC PPU 080
    Notes: No longer exists

1.3.2 STAKEHOLDER AND PARTNER ENGAGEMENT

The support and involvement of Parks Canada's stakeholders and partners is essential to Parks Canada's program delivery and continued relevance. Parks Canada's stakeholders represent all sectors of Canadian society, and include individuals, groups and organizations that have an interest in the Agency's actions and direction. Stakeholder engagement activities ensure that Canadians' needs and priorities are clearly expressed to the Agency and that these interests inform and influence Parks Canada's actions and direction. Stakeholders engage with Parks Canada through a wide variety of activities at all levels of the organization and in ways that are relevant to them, such as the Minister's Round Table on Parks Canada; formal and informal consultation processes, and the National Volunteer Program. Parks Canada also has partnering arrangements with a broad range of organizations to further shared goals and objectives. Partners in the not-for-profit sector include other government departments, non-government organizations, various academic institutions as well as cooperating associations (also known as "Friends of"organizations). Parks Canada also has some strategic partners in the for-profit sector. Stakeholder and partner engagement supports results in all program activities and leads to new or expanded opportunities for Canadians to discover and develop a sense of connection to their protected heritage places.

Stakeholder and Partner Engagement
Description: Documents and tools used to engage stakeholders and partners, including volunteers; the latter are considered privileged stakeholders.
Document Types: Policies, reports, guidelines, bulletins, newspapers, presentations, memoranda of understanding, park impact benefit agreements, terms of reference, orders in council, forms, public service announcements, surveys, user guides and due diligence tools.
Record Number: PC PAU SPE 002

  • National Volunteer Program
    Description: This bank describes information that is about individuals, groups or organizations who volunteer in a variety of activities at the various national parks, national historic sites, national marine conservation areas, field units, service centres and national office of Parks Canada across Canada. The personal information may include name, contact information, biographical information, criminal checks/history, educational information, medical information and signature.
    Class of Individuals: General public
    Purpose: The personal information is used to administer the National Volunteer Program, establish an inventory of individuals, groups or organizations able to participate in various volunteer activities and obtain views and opinions on the efficiency and success of the National Volunteer Program. Personal information is collected pursuant to the Parks Canada Agency Act, S. C. 1998, c. 31, Sections 5(2), 6(1) and 8, the Canada National Marine Conservation Act, S. C. 2002, c. 18 and the Canada National Parks Act, S. C. 2000, c. 32.
    Consistent Uses: The information may be used or disclosed for the following purposes: reporting to senior management and evaluation. Information may be shared with Insurance Broker provider in case of an incident. This will be with the consent of the individual. Information is used or disclosed for mailing list purposes.
    Retention and Disposal Standards: Under development.
    RDA Number: Under development
    Related Record Number: PC PAU SPE 002
    TBS Registration: 20120059
    Bank Number: PC PPU 081

PA-1.4 VISITOR EXPERIENCE

This program supports the opportunities provided for approximately 20 million visits that are made annually to Canada's national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas by Canadians and international visitors. The visitor experience is the sum total of a visitor's personal interaction with the protected heritage place that helps them create meaning and establish connection with the place. The experience begins with awareness of the site, followed by planning the visit, travelling to and welcoming and orientation upon arrival. During the visitor's time on site, it includes participation in recreational and interpretive activities and the use of accommodation, trails, facilities, services and supporting infrastructure. This is followed by departure and the post-visit relationship. Investments in the different stages of the visitor experience cycle facilitate opportunities for enjoyment and learning, leading to a sense of personal connection and the continued relevance of Canada's protected heritage places for Canadians.

1.4.1 NATIONAL MARINE CONSERVATION AREAS INTERPRETATION

This program aims to ensure that visitors are provided with opportunities to discover, learn about, appreciate and enjoy the national marine conservation area they are visiting and its marine natural and cultural resources, and understand their significance to Canada. Included are both personal programs provided by Parks Canada staff or partners such as guided tours and non-personal programs provided on-site such as exhibits, publications, audio-visual and new media, to ensure their visit is meaningful and answers their learning needs and interests.

National Marine Conservation Areas Interpretive Products
Description: Information related to the various products available to national marine conservation area visitors so that they may experience and understand the significance of the place to Canadians including the presentation of authentic Aboriginal culture experiences and economic business opportunities.
Document Types: Interpretive work plans, interpreter certification and competency documents, Parks Canada visitor opportunities database, VIA Rail Ocean Route onboard interpretation program description and guidelines, Parks Canada Xplorers Program instructions and guidelines.
Record Number: PC VE NMC IP 001

1.4.2 NATIONAL PARKS VISITOR SERVICE OFFER

This program supports approximately 12 million visits that are made annually to Canada's national parks by Canadians and international visitors. The visitor experience in a national park aims to encourage discovery and enjoyment. Based on the visitor experience cycle, activities and services include the provision of high quality pre- and on-site trip planning information, reception and orientation, campgrounds, trails, visitor facilities, recreational activities, special events, and the ongoing post-visit relationship, as well as prevention and law enforcement related to visitor experience. The visitor safety program strives to pro-actively reduce the probability of visitor safety incidents through a comprehensive risk management approach and appropriate response. Parks Canada works closely with other departments, non-government organizations and service providers to coordinate planning and response initiatives.

National Parks Facilitation of Visitor Experience through Prevention and Law Enforcement
Description: Information on prevention and law enforcement activities in national parks focused on the visitor experience provisions of the Canada National Parks Act and its regulations and the Criminal Code and other complementary legislation for the purpose of protecting the quality of the visitor experience in parks.
Document Types: Correspondence, reports, internal service delivery agreements, memoranda of understanding with partner agencies, operational policy documents and operational guidelines.
Record Number: PC VE NP PLE 005

National Parks Visitor Facilities and Activities
Description: Information on the various facility and activity offers available or potentially available at Canadian national parks to encourage visitor discovery and enjoyment.
Document Types: National and local assessment results, guidelines, national park activities, services and events database, Leave-No-Trace guidelines, partnering agreements, event permits; trail, signage and accessibility guidelines.
Record Number: PC VE NP FA 006

National Parks Visitor Management
Description: Information regarding Parks Canada's service commitment to national park visitors, partners and colleagues, allowing the Agency to provide information and exceptional service to visitors to help promote memorable experiences.
Document Types: Service standards for national park visitors, reports and backgrounders that contributed to the development of the standards, service delivery targets, information brochures, inventories; detailed descriptions of national park campgrounds, facilities and offers; operational guidelines, quality visitor service guidelines, best-practice templates, Canadian school mailing addresses, event calendars, awards and honours, historical performance data and forecasting estimates, monthly attendance data for national parks, daily/monthly campground utilization at national parks.
Record Number: PC VE NP VM 007

National Parks Visitor Safety
Description: Information related to the fostering of a culture respect, self reliance and safety among visitors to national parks, to help prevent incidents from occurring and to help solve problems before they escalate and require search and rescue measures.
Document Types: Visitor safety program evaluations, national visitor safety management strategy, stakeholder communications, visitor risk management strategies, disclaimers of liability guidelines, occurrence tracking system used in national parks to record data on search and rescue incidents.
Record Number: PC VE NP VS 008

National Parks Visitor Permits and Registrations
Description: Information related to regulated activities within national park boundaries, related to visitor discovery and enjoyment of national parks.
Document Types: Permits, inventories, descriptions and guidelines.
Record Number: PC VE NP VPR 009

  • Backcountry Use Permits
    Description: The bank contains information used to identify persons, vehicles and missing persons.
    Class of Individuals: National parks visitors.
    Purpose: To provide records for monitoring Park use and identifying vehicles left at trail heads or roadsides in emergency cases such as missing persons or bear problems; to control backcountry sites and facilities; to protect visitors.
    Consistent Uses: Provides an analysis of use of the backcountry, statistics, planning and rehabilitation.
    Retention and Disposal Standards: Under development.
    RDA Number: 78/001
    Related Record Number: PC VE NP VPR 009
    TBS Registration: 001751
    Bank Number: PC PPU 067

  • Campground Registration
    Description: The bank contains listings of campgrounds and campers.
    Class of Individuals: Campers.
    Purpose: To control campground allocation, and provide revenue accountability, statistics, future planning and aid to visitors.
    Consistent Uses: Statistics, revenue, maintenance decisions and future planning.
    Retention and Disposal Standards: All personal information collected is purged from the database 31 days after the camping event has ended.
    RDA Number: 72/010
    Related Record Number: PC VE NP VPR 009
    TBS Registration: 001752
    Bank Number: PC PPU 068
  • Fishing Licenses
    Description:This bank identifies license holders.
    Class of Individuals: National parks visitors (fishermen).
    Purpose: Information in this bank relates to the issuing of fishing licenses. It is used to identify license holders, to control the number of individuals fishing in the park, to restrict fishing to authorized areas, to support fish management, and to ensure revenue accountability.
    Consistent Uses: Control use, set limits, set seasons, statistical purposes and creel census and surveys.
    Retention and Disposal Standards: Under development.
    RDA Number: 78/001
    Related Record Number: PC VE NP VPR 009
    TBS Registration: 001745
    Bank Number: PC PPU 051

  • High Risk Activities
    Description:The bank contains information on persons involved in activities that have been assessed as having a higher level of risk, defines location, activity, number in group, etc.
    Class of Individuals: Parks Canada visitors.
    Purpose: To provide a record of visitors in case of overdue registration.
    Consistent Uses: Provides up-to-date information on use, locations, frequency, accidents, lost, or missing persons.
    Retention and Disposal Standards: Under development.
    RDA Number: 78/001
    Related Record Number: PC HRC NMC CM 002, PC VE NP VPR 009
    TBS Registration: 001753
    Bank Number: PC PPU 069

  • Hut Permits
    Description:The bank contains information used to identify permit holders and verify reservations.
    Class of Individuals: Parks visitors.
    Purpose: To maintain information relating to use, periods of stay, numbers of visitors and length of season.
    Consistent Uses: To support decisions for maintenance, monitor and control use, and ensure the safety of visitors.
    Retention and Disposal Standards: Under development.
    RDA Number: 78/001
    Related Record Number: PC VE NP VPR 009
    TBS Registration: 001750
    Bank Number: PC PPU 066

  • Resource Use Permits
    Description:The bank identifies resource use and harvest activities permitted under regulation.
    Class of Individuals: Visitors, researchers and residents.
    Purpose: To identify the permit holders using park resources, and set restrictions. Examples include hunting, wood cutting and grazing.
    Consistent Uses: Monitor and control activities, compile statistics, survey use, and plan future changes.
    Retention and Disposal Standards: Under development.
    RDA Number: 78/001
    Related Record Number: PC VE NHS FA 002, PC VE NP VPR 009
    TBS Registration: 001754
    Bank Number: PC PPU 071

1.4.3 NATIONAL MARINE CONSERVATION AREAS VISITOR SERVICE OFFER

This program supports the visits that are made to Canada's national marine conservation areas by Canadians and international visitors. The visitor experience in a national marine conservation area aims to encourage discovery and enjoyment. Based on the visitor experience cycle, activities and services include the provision of high quality pre- and on-site trip planning information, reception and orientation, trails, visitor facilities, recreational activities, special events, and the ongoing post-visit relationship, as well as prevention and law enforcement related to visitor experience.

National Marine Conservation Area Facilities and Activities
Description: Information on the various facility and activity offers available or potentially available at Canadian national marine conservation areas to encourage visitor discovery and enjoyment.
Document Types: National and local assessment results, guidelines, national park activities, services and events database, Leave-No-Trace guidelines, partnering agreements, event permits; trail, signage and accessibility guidelines.
Record Number: PC VE NMC FA 002

National Marine Conservation Area Facilitation of Visitor Experience through Prevention and Law Enforcement
Description: Information on prevention and law enforcement activities in national marine conservation areas focused on the visitor experience provisions of the Canada National Marine Conservation Areas Act and its regulations and the Criminal Code and other complementary legislation for the purpose of protecting the quality of the visitor experience in national marine conservation areas.
Document Types: Correspondence, reports, internal service delivery agreements, memoranda of understanding with partner agencies, operational policy documents and operational guidelines.
Record Number: PC VE NMC PLE 003

National Marine Conservation Area Visitor Management
Description: Information regarding Parks Canada's service commitment to national marine conservation area visitors, partners and colleagues, allowing the Agency to provide information and exceptional service to visitors to help promote memorable experiences.
Document Types: Service standards for national marine conservation area visitors, reports and backgrounders that contributed to the development of the standards, service delivery targets, information brochures, inventories, detailed descriptions of facilities and offers, operational guidelines, quality visitor service guidelines, best-practice templates, Canadian school mailing addresses, event calendars, awards and honours, historical performance data and forecasting estimates, monthly attendance data.
Record Number: PC VE NMC VM 004

National Marine Conservation Area Visitor Safety
Description: Information related to the fostering of a culture respect, self-reliance and safety among visitors to national marine conservation areas, to help prevent incidents from occurring and to help solve problems before they escalate and require law enforcement measures.
Document Types: Visitor safety program evaluations; national visitor safety management strategy, stakeholder communications, visitor risk management strategies, disclaimers of liability guidelines, occurrence tracking system, data on search and rescue incidents.
Record Number: PC VE NMC VS 005

1.4.4 MARKET RESEARCH AND PROMOTION

This program aims at improving the knowledge and understanding of visitor and potential visitor needs and expectations through social science monitoring and analytics to improve the quality, timeliness and effectiveness of decision making about Parks Canada's service and product offer. This includes monitoring the changing social landscape, to understand and respond to emerging and evolving trends in tourism, recreation, leisure and to understand Canadian attitudes toward, and knowledge of, protected heritage areas. Also included are domestic and international tourism promotion activities conducted to inform and attract visitors through targeted communications and through industry relationship building.

Visitor Experience Research
Description: Information related to understanding visitor trends and the social characteristics and behaviour of people who visit Parks Canada's places, contact Parks Canada, or use our facilities and services, so Parks Canada can continue to attract them, engage and connect with them, and maintain their support.
Document Types: Visitor studies, surveys and related datasets and reports; program evaluation studies (feedback cards, surveys, focus group reports) and related analysis and reports; market and tourism statistics, ad and media campaign evaluations, postal code collection forms and analysis, monthly attendance statistics, related reports and main database; Explorer Quotient (traveler type) analysis reports; public opinion research plans.
Record Number: PC VE MRP VER 001

Visitor Promotion
Description: Information related to the promotion of Parks Canada and the opportunities available at national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas.
Document Types: Marketing plans for field units, national parks and national historic sites; advertising policies, instructions, plans, requests and approvals; partnering agreements for events and initiatives; policies, standards and guidelines related to the application of the Parks Canada brand; plans and results of travel media relations activities; fee-related consultations, plans, programs and the Canada Gazette.
Record Number: PC VE MRP VP 002

1.4.5 NATIONAL HISTORIC SITES INTERPRETATION

This program aims to ensure that visitors are provided with opportunities to discover, learn about, appreciate and enjoy the national historic site they are visiting and its cultural resources, and understand their national historical significance to Canada. Included are both personal programs provided by Parks Canada staff or partners such as period animation and guided tours and non-personal programs provided on-site such as exhibits, publications, audio-visual and new media, to ensure their visit is meaningful and answers their learning needs and interests.

National Historic Sites Interpretive Products
Description: Information related to the various products available to national historic site visitors so that they may experience and understand the significance of the place to Canadians, including the presentation of authentic Aboriginal culture experiences and economic business opportunities.
Document Types: Interpretive work plans, interpreter certification and competency documents, Parks Canada visitor opportunities database; VIA Rail Ocean Route onboard interpretation program description and guidelines; Parks Canada Xplorers Program instructions and guidelines; directives on historic weapons and associated technical manuals.
Record Number: PC VE NHS IP 001

1.4.6 NATIONAL HISTORIC SITES VISITOR SERVICE OFFER

This program supports approximately nine million visits that are made annually to Canada's national historic sites by Canadians and international visitors. The visitor experience in a national historic site aims to encourage discovery and enjoyment. Based on the visitor experience cycle, activities and services include the provision of high quality pre- and on-site trip planning information, reception and orientation, trails, visitor facilities, recreational activities, special events, and the ongoing post-visit relationship, as well as prevention and law enforcement related to visitor experience.

National Historic Site Facilities and Activities
Description: Information on the various facility and activity offers available or potentially available at Canadian national historic sites to encourage visitor discovery and enjoyment.
Document Types: National and local assessment results, guidelines, national historic site activities, services and events database; Leave-No-Trace guidelines, partnering agreements, event permits; trail, signage and accessibility guidelines.
Record Number: PC VE NHS FA 002

  • Resource Use Permits
    Description:The bank identifies resource use and harvest activities permitted under regulation.
    Class of Individuals: Visitors, researchers and residents.
    Purpose: To identify the permit holders using park resources, and set restrictions. Examples include hunting, wood cutting and grazing.
    Consistent Uses: Monitor and control activities, compile statistics, survey use, and plan future changes.
    Retention and Disposal Standards: Under development.
    RDA Number: 78/001
    Related Record Number: PC VE NHS FA 002, PC VE NP VPR 009
    TBS Registration: 001754
    Bank Number: PC PPU 071

National Historic Site Facilitation of Visitor Experience through Prevention and Law Enforcement
Description: Information on prevention and law enforcement activities focused on the visitor experience provisions of the Canada National Parks Act and its regulations and the Criminal Code and other complementary legislation for the purpose of protecting the quality of the visitor experience at national historic sites.
Document Types: Correspondence, reports, internal service delivery agreements, memoranda of understanding with partner agencies, operational policy documents and operational guidelines.
Record Number: PC VE NHS PLE 003

National Historic Site Visitor Management
Description: Information regarding Parks Canada's service commitment to national historic site visitors, partners and colleagues, allowing the Agency to provide information and exceptional service to visitors to help promote memorable experiences.
Document Types: Service standards for national historic site visitors; reports and backgrounders that contributed to the development of the standards; service delivery targets, information brochures, inventories; detailed descriptions of national historic site facilities and offers; operational guidelines, quality visitor service guidelines, best-practice templates, event calendars, awards and honours, historical performance data and forecasting estimates, monthly attendance data.
Record Number: PC VE NHS VM 004

National Historic Site Visitor Safety
Description: Information related to the fostering of a culture respect, self reliance and safety among visitors to national historic sites, to help prevent incidents from occurring and to help solve problems before they escalate and require law enforcement measures.
Document Types: Visitor safety program evaluations, national visitor safety management strategy, stakeholder communications, visitor risk management strategies, disclaimers of liability guidelines, occurrence tracking system used in national historic sites to record data on search and rescue incidents.
Record Number: PC VE NHS VS 005

1.4.7 NATIONAL PARKS INTERPRETATION

This program aims to ensure that visitors are provided with opportunities to discover, learn about, appreciate and enjoy the national park they are visiting and its natural and cultural resources, and understand their significance to Canada. Included are both personal programs provided by Parks Canada staff or partners such as guided walks and non-personal programs provided on-site such as exhibits, publications, audio-visual and new media, to ensure their visit is meaningful and answers their learning needs and interests.

National Park Interpretive Products
Description: Information related to the various products available to national park visitors so that they may experience and understand the significance of the place to Canadians including the presentation of authentic Aboriginal culture experiences and economic business opportunities.
Document Types: Interpretive work plans for national parks, national park interpreter; certification and competency documents, Parks Canada visitor opportunities database, VIA Rail Ocean Route onboard interpretation program description and guidelines, Parks Canada Xplorers Program instructions and guidelines.
Record Number: PC VE NP IP 001

PA-1.5 TOWNSITE AND THROUGHWAY INFRASTRUCTURE

This program involves managing, operating and providing municipal services to five townsites within Canada's national parks. It also involves the operation of provincial and inter-provincial highways and waterways that connect communities and pass through national parks and national historic sites.

1.5.1 TOWNSITE MANAGEMENT

This program involves the operation of five townsites within Canada's national parks. It includes the provision of municipal services such as drinking water, snow removal, garbage pick-up and disposal, sewage treatment, road and street maintenance, and fire services to support residents and visitors. Townsites are important staging areas for visitors to national parks and national historic sites, home to businesses and residents and administrative centers for Parks Canada's operations.

Townsite Management - Engineering Projects
Description: Information on engineering projects carried out for Parks Canada in relation to planning, design, construction, operation, maintenance, equipment, services, utilities, facilities, claims and evaluation of townsites.
Document Types: Feasibility studies, options analysis documents, risk assessments, schedules, contracts, project briefs, design data, cost estimates, progress reports, financial reports, project schedules.
Record Number: PC TTI TM EP 001

Townsite Management - Protection and Law Enforcement
Description: Information on protection and law enforcement in townsites within Parks Canada's national parks.
Document Types: Correspondence, reports, internal service delivery agreements, memoranda of understanding with partner agencies, operational policy documents, and operational guidelines.
Record Number: PC TTI TM PLE 002

Townsite Management - Technical References
Description: Reference materials concerning traffic, management operations, snow removal, safety standards for townsites, engineering and projects in national parks, national historic sites and related historic roads.
Document Types: Reports, paper and electronic plans, drawings, specifications (contract, construction and manufacturing), codes, standards and guidelines, "as-built" information for specifications, archaeological reports, feasibility studies, field notes, summary and synopsis, and training packages.
Record Number: PC TTI TM TR 003

Townsite Operations and Maintenance
Description: Information concerning the safe operation and maintenance of townsites.
Document Types:
Inspection reports on bridges, roads, snow sheds, slopes and culverts, operation and maintenance standards, maintenance schedules, incident reports, training records, safety directives, media lines and communiqués.
Record Number: PC TTI TM OM 004

1.5.2 THROUGH HIGHWAY MANAGEMENT

This program involves the operation, maintenance and repair of provincial and inter-provincial highways and bridges that connect communities and pass through national parks and national historic sites. Parks Canada is responsible for approximately 1056 kilometres of provincial and inter-provincial highways, including six sections of the Trans-Canada and Yellowhead highways.

Claims Settlements
Description: Information concerning claims against the Crown by members of the public about highways operation and maintenance.
Document Types: Claims, court decisions, estimates and investigation reports.
Record Number: PC TTI THM CS 001

Highway Management Avalanche Control
Description: Documentation on avalanche control activities with the main purpose of keeping through highways open.
Document Types: Plans, schedules, safety directives, incident reports, artillery firing and ammunition logs, explosives usage records, training operators' records, unexploded ordinance records, memoranda of understanding and contracts.
Record Number: PC TTI THM AC 002

Highway Management Engineering Projects
Description: Information on engineering projects carried out for Parks Canada in relation to planning, design, construction, operation, maintenance, equipment, services, utilities, facilities, claims and evaluation of highways (see also Highway Management Information and Outreach.)
Document Types: Feasibility studies, options analysis documents, risk assessments, schedules, contracts, project briefs, design data, cost estimates, progress reports, financial reports, project schedules.
Record Number: PC TTI THM EP 003

Highway Management Impact on Wildlife
Description: Information on all types of wildlife in national parks and national historic sites, including the management and protection of wild animals, birds, fish and insects as it relates to wildlife safety mitigation, such as highway overpasses on the Trans-Canada highway in Banff National Park.
Document Types: Regulations, surveys, studies on the impact of highways on wildlife, wildlife/vehicle collision data and wildlife safety mitigation strategies.
Record Number: PC TTI THM IW 004

Highway Management Information and Outreach
Description: Information on activities related to the general management and operational responsibilities of the Parks Canada Agency as they pertain to the integration of highways. These responsibilities may include information exchanges with foreign countries; the identification of hours of operation, levels of service, awards and honours; co-operative activities with public and private organizations; capital development projects and planning systems; operational planning and management improvements; central system program evaluation and public consultation and participation.
Document Types: Inventories, management and research documents, signs, general surveys and studies, written communications, agreements for cooperation or services.
Record Number: PC TTI THM IO 005

Highway Management Technical References
Description: Reference materials concerning traffic, management operations, snow removal, safety standards for highways, engineering and projects in national parks, national historic sites and related historic highways.
Document Types: Reports, paper and electronic plans, drawings, specifications (contract, construction and manufacturing), codes, standards and guidelines, "as-built" information for specifications, archaeological reports, feasibility studies, field notes, summaries, synopsis, training packages.
Record Number: PC TTI THM TR 006

Highway Operations and Maintenance
Description: Information concerning the safe operation and maintenance of highways.
Document Types: Inspection reports on bridges, roads, snow sheds, slopes and culverts, operation and maintenance standards, maintenance schedules, incident reports, training records, safety directives, media lines and communiqués.
Record Number: PC TTI THM OM 007

1.5.3 THROUGH WATERWAY MANAGEMENT

This program involves the water control aspect of operations for nine national historic canals/waterways including the Trent-Severn Waterway, the Rideau, Lachine and Chambly canals. This includes more than 650 kilometres of waterway and 25, 000 square kilometers of drainage basin.

Water Resources
Description: Information on water levels, water rights, hydro power development, hydrometric networks and the use of water resources in our national waterways.
Document Types: Hydrological surveys, regulations, reports, surveys and studies.
Record Number: PC TTI TWM WR 001

PA-2.1 INTERNAL SERVICES

Internal Services are groups of related activities and resources that are administered to support the needs of programs and other corporate obligations of an organization. These groups are: Management and Oversight Services; Communications Services; Legal Services; Human Resources Management Services; Financial Management Services; Information Management Services; Information Technology Services; Real Property Services; Materiel Services; Acquisition Services; and Travel and Other Administrative Services. Internal Services include only those activities and resources that apply across an organization and not to those provided specifically to a program.

ACQUISITIONS
Acquisition Services involve activities undertaken to acquire a good or service to fulfil a properly completed request (including a complete and accurate definition of requirements and certification that funds are available) until entering into or amending a contract.

COMMUNICATIONS SERVICES
Communications Services involve activities undertaken to ensure that Government of Canada communications are effectively managed, well coordinated and responsive to the diverse information needs of the public. The communications management function ensures that the public - internal or external - receives government information, and that the views and concerns of the public are taken into account in the planning, management and evaluation of policies, programs, services and initiatives.

FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT
Financial Management Services involve activities undertaken to ensure the prudent use of public resources, including planning, budgeting, accounting, reporting, control and oversight, analysis, decision support and advice, and financial systems.

HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGEMENT
Human Resources Management Services involve activities undertaken for determining strategic direction, allocating resources among services and processes, as well as activities relating to analyzing exposure to risk and determining appropriate countermeasures. They ensure that the service operations and programs of the federal government comply with applicable laws, regulations, policies, and/or plans.

INFORMATION MANAGEMENT
Information Management Services involve activities undertaken to achieve efficient and effective information management to support program and service delivery; foster informed decision making; facilitate accountability, transparency, and collaboration; and preserve and ensure access to information and records for the benefit of present and future generations.

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Information Technology Services involve activities undertaken to achieve efficient and effective use of information technology to support government priorities and program delivery, to increase productivity, and to enhance services to the public.

LEGAL SERVICES
Legal services involve activities undertaken to enable government departments and agencies to pursue policy, program and service delivery priorities and objectives within a legally sound framework.

MANAGEMENT AND OVERSIGHT SERVICES
Management and Oversight Services involve activities undertaken for determining strategic direction, and allocating resources among services and processes, as well as those activities related to analyzing exposure to risk and determining appropriate countermeasures. They ensure that the service operations and programs of the federal government comply with applicable laws, regulations, policies, and/or plans.

MATERIEL
Materiel Services involve activities undertaken to ensure that materiel can be managed by departments in a sustainable and financially responsible manner that supports the cost-effective and efficient delivery of government programs.

REAL PROPERTY
Real Property Services involve activities undertaken to ensure real property is managed in a sustainable and financially responsible manner, throughout its life cycle, to support the cost-effective and efficient delivery of government programs.

  • Real Property Management
    • Freehold Lands Clients
      Description:
      This bank describes information that is used in support of all documentation relating to the acquisition and disposal of all Parks Canada lands. The personal information may include name, contact information, date of birth, date of death, financial information, place of birth, place of death and signature.
      Class of Individuals: General public.
      Purpose: The personal information is used to administer the Parks Canada real property activities and establish an inventory of Parks Canada real property. Other: Policy on Management of Real Property.
      Consistent Uses: The information may be used or disclosed for the following purposes: inventory of Parks Canada real property and reporting to senior management.
      Retention and Disposal Standards: Under development.
      RDA Number: Under development.
      Related Record Number: PRN 948
      TBS Registration: 004012
      Bank Number: PC PPU 077

    • Leasehold Lands Clients
      Description: This bank describes information that is used in support of the administration of all Parks Canada lands leased/licensed/permitted to third parties. The personal information may include name, contact information, date of birth, date of death, financial information, place of birth, place of death and signature.
      Class of Individuals: General public, representatives acting on behalf of an individual.
      Purpose: The personal information is used to administer the Parks Canada real property activities and establish an inventory of Parks Canada real property. Other: Policy on Management of Real Property.
      Consistent Uses: The information may be used or disclosed for the following purposes: enforcement, inventory of Parks Canada real property, reporting to senior management and evaluation. Name and contact information may be shared with Canada Revenue Agency.
      Retention and Disposal Standards: Under development.
      RDA Number: Under development.
      Related Record Number: PRN 948
      TBS Registration: 001748
      Bank Number: PC PPU 056

TRAVEL AND OTHER ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES
Travel and Other Administrative Services include Government of Canada (GC) travel services, as well as those other internal services that do not smoothly fit with any of the internal services categories.

Manuals
  • Archaeological Recording Manual: Excavations and Surveys
  • Commercial Film and Photography Application Guidelines for Parks Canada's Western Arctic Field Unit
  • Guide to the Preparation of Commemorative Integrity Statements
  • Guidelines for Evaluating Shipwrecks of National Historic Significance in Canada
  • Guidelines for the Management of Archaeological Resources
  • Human Resources - Values and Operating Principles
  • Keep the Wild in Wildlife
  • Parks Canada Agency Code of Ethics
  • Parks Canada Guidelines for Geocaching
  • Parks Canada Welcomes Geocachers
  • Principles and Guidelines for Ecological Restoration in Canada's Protected Natural Areas
  • Research Guidelines for Parks Canada's Western Arctic Field Unit
  • Sharing the Responsibility of Safety
  • Standards and Guidelines for the Conservation of Historic Places in Canada
  • You are in Black Bear Country

Additional Information

Please see the Introduction to this publication for information on access procedures under the provisions of the Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act.

For additional information about the programs and activities of Parks Canada Agency, please contact:

Parks Canada Agency
Jules Léger Building
25 Eddy Street,
Gatineau, Quebec K1A 0M5
General Inquiries: 1-888-773-8888
Teletypewriter (TTY): 1-866-787-6221

Link to Parks Canada's Access to Information and Privacy

Reading Room

In accordance with the Access to Information Act, an area on the premises of this institution has been designated as a public reading room. The address is:

Jules Léger Building
15 Eddy Street, 2nd Floor
Gatineau, Quebec