Working with nature to stop biodiversity loss and fight climate change


A network of protected and conserved areas in Canada is key for:

  • preserving biodiversity,
  • addressing impacts of climate change by protecting and restoring ecosystems,
  • contributing to the recovery of species at risk.

Connected landscapes

Three Plains bisons in a field

To continue to play their important role, protected and conserved areas must also be connected. That is where ecological corridors come into play.

Ecological corridors are areas of land and water that aim to maintain or restore ecological connectivity. They do this by allowing species to move, and natural processes to flow freely across large landscapes.

Ecological corridors complement protected and conserved areas.

Objectives of the National Program for Ecological Corridors

  • Collaborate with other levels of government, Indigenous partners, experts, and stakeholders
  • Develop national criteria for ecological corridors that protect and restore ecological connectivity
  • Identify and map priority areas where ecological corridors would halt and reverse biodiversity loss across Canada
  • Support on-the-ground work for corridors through funding towards conservation, restoration, and management
  • Inspire others to take measures in support of ecological connectivity and corridors
Caribou herd ruuning in a snowy field

Collaborating to support ecological corridors

The National Program for Ecological Corridors will support the conservation of ecological corridors in key areas across Canada. Parks Canada will seek to collaborate with other levels of government, partners, experts, and stakeholders to achieve the objectives of the program.

This will include working with Indigenous partners to ensure that the program provides land stewardship and connection opportunities, and is informed by Indigenous knowledge.


Resource conservation staff taking measurements in the river in Kouchibouguac National Park

Minister’s Round Table 2020

Through Minister’s Round Table 2020, Parks Canada asked for public input on ecological corridors.


Logo of the Pathway to Canada Target 1 initiative

Ecological Connectivity

The Ecological Corridors program will build on and learn from other initiatives that support biodiversity conservation and ecological connectivity, such as the Pathway to Canada Target 1.