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Rouge National Urban Park Initiative

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NEW! Rouge National Urban Park draft management plan released for public engagement

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If you wish to be notified of Rouge National Urban Park news and events, please send an email to rouge@pc.gc.ca.

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Historic Rouge National Urban Park Act Tabled

TORONTO, Ontario, June 16, 2014 – Dr. Colin Carrie, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of the Environment and Member of Parliament for Oshawa, on behalf of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, celebrated the bill to formally establish Rouge National Urban Park in the Greater Toronto Area. Corneliu Chisu, MP for Pickering-Scarborough East, joined Parliamentary Secretary Carrie for the celebration. 

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Graphic showing Rouge Park size compare to Central Park, Stanley Park and Hyde Park Rouge National Urban Park will be one of the largest metropolitan parks in the WORLD!
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Rouge National Urban Park invites you to the World’s Largest Bioblitz

The event will take place on Saturday, September 14, 2013 at 11:30 at the Rouge Valley Conservation Centre. For more information: www.ontariobioblitz.ca

Highlights from the Rouge National Urban Park Concept

Since the completion of our public engagement program on October 8, 2012, we have begun the process of reviewing the input from Canadians, both near and far. We have received thousands of comments and input and are elated by this incredible response. The Rouge National Urban Park concept has truly been developed by Canadians for Canadians. While our team at Parks Canada reviews and compiles the input, we are pleased to share a few highlights with you.
Highlights from the Rouge National Urban Park Concept (PDF - 14 Kb)

Public Landholders Working Together Towards a Land Transfer for Rouge National Urban Park

TORONTO, Ontario, June 25, 2012 -- The Honourable Peter Kent, Canada’s Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, is pleased with the level of collaboration by the public landholders expressing their commitment to work together toward a recommendation on park boundaries, and subsequent land transfer processes, for the creation of Rouge National Urban Park.

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Harper Government announces funding for Rouge National Urban Park in the Greater Toronto Area

TORONTO, Ontario, May 25, 2012 -- The Honourable Peter Kent, Canada’s Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, and the Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance and Minister responsible for the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), today announced funding from Canada’s Economic Action Plan 2012 towards the establishment of Rouge National Urban Park and presented the proposed Study Area for the park, during a meeting held today with Aboriginal and community partners, and a broad range of stakeholders.

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Budget 2012 Update:

The Government of Canada will take action on the creation of Rouge National Urban Park.

As stated in Budget 2012, the Government is committed to preserving Canada’s natural beauty and will take action on the creation of Canada’s first national urban park in the Rouge Valley in Ontario.

With this positive news, Parks Canada looks forward to continuing its work on the proposed concept for the national urban park in the Rouge Valley, which will be presented during public consultations planned for this summer.

Parks Canada is proud to be working with provincial, municipal, Aboriginal and community partners towards the creation of Rouge National Urban Park. Owing its existence to the dedication and engagement illustrated by many local visionaries, our collective passion for this park can be fully celebrated with this federal government commitment.