The Parks Canada Agency Act, which came into force in 1998, established Parks Canada as a separate Government of Canada Agency reporting to the Minister of the Environment. This Act establishes the Agency for the purpose of ensuring that Canada’s national parks, national historic sites and related heritage areas are protected and presented for current and future generations.
Parks Canada’s legislation outlines its obligations and authorities with respect to the protected places under its responsibility. The Agency uses a wide range of tools to protect and present nationally significant examples of Canada’s natural and cultural heritage to connect Canadians to that heritage – from regulations and guidance to collaborative partnerships with individuals, environmental organizations, Aboriginal groups and other levels of government.
What are we doing?
Parks Canada Agency is responsible for the following:
All of the government's Acts and Regulations can be found on the Justice Canada website.