Passes for expropriated persons
Pass program for owners expropriated at the time of the creation of Forillon National Park and their descendants
Frequently Asked Questions
How will expropriated families have access to Forillon National Park?
- Parks Canada is introducing pass for owners expropriated at the time of the creation of a national park or a national historic site, as well as for their spouses and descendants.
- This pass currently gives three generations (expropriated owners, their children, their grandchildren, as well as their spouses) the right to access the national park or national historic site whose creation gave rise to their expropriation.
- Starting on November 1, 2020, the 4th, 5th and 6th generations of expropriated persons and their spouses will be able to apply to park management for a pass.
- Upon presenting their pass at the toll kiosks in the North and South areas of the park, persons expropriated from Forillon will gain free access to the park. The pass only covers admission fees.
Why has this pass been created?
- This pass will give family members of expropriated owners a way of revisiting the places that have special meaning to them, such as cemeteries, former residence sites, expropriation commemoration sites, and to take part in commemorative events organized or supported by Parks Canada in the national park or historic site whose creation gave rise to their expropriation.
- This approach is part of a profound change in mentality within Parks Canada. Much more than an ideology, this new way of proceeding gives rise to concrete actions that help the reconciliation process here, at Forillon, but also across the country.
Why are the admissibility requirements announced in August 2010 modified?
- On January 23, 2020, Parks Canada gave a favourable response to a request by the Regroupement de personnes expropriées de Forillon et leur descendence (Persons expropriated by Forillon and their descendants) by granting passes to the 4th, 5th and 6th generations of expropriated persons. This new measure will be implemented and come into effect on November 1, 2020.
- This decision is part of the Agency’s approach to rebuilding relationships with communities and with expropriated persons undertaken by Parks Canada. At Forillon National Park, this process has notably included special reunion days, the creation of a permanent exhibit Gaspesians from Land's End and installing commemorative signs in the various locations of the park from where people were expropriated. This measure also reflects the apology motion voted for unanimously in favour at the House of Commons February 14, 2011.
- This decision shows Parks Canada's willingness to recognize the contribution of these families and communities to the history of our region and country. It is a solid base upon which Parks Canada intends to continue to build on.
Who can obtain a pass for Forillon National Park?
- The owners of permanent residences, cottages, land and lumber lots that were expropriated during the creation of Forillon National Park, their children, grandchildren and spouses will be able to obtain a pass so that they can revisit the places that are dear to them, which are, today, within in the park.
- Each eligible person is responsible for submitting their own application for a pass. People of the 4th, 5th and 6th generations cannot apply for a pass until fall 2020. Parks Canada will inform you when it will be possible to file an application.
- Important: Applicants aged 17 years and under do not have to apply for a pass. As of January 1, 2018, entrance into Parks Canada sites is free for those aged 17 years and under.
- The pass is valid for the Forillon national park, that is, the one whose creation gave rise to the expropriation of the applicant and his/her family. The pass is valid for Forillon National Park whose creation gave rise to the expropriation of the applicant and their family.
Who is the "first generation of expropriated persons"?
- The expression "first generation of expropriated persons" refers to persons whose name appeared on the act of ownership of a permanent residence, a cottage, and land or lumber lots expropriated during the creation of a national park or a national historic site and their spouses.
- The "Second generation of expropriated persons" refers to the children of the first generation of expropriated persons and their spouses.
- The "Third generation of expropriated persons" refers to the grandchildren of the first generation of expropriated persons and their spouses.
- The “fourth generation of expropriated persons” refers to the great-grandchildren of the first generation of expropriated persons and their spouses.
- The “fifth generation of expropriated persons” refers to the great-great-grandchildren of the first generation of expropriated persons and their spouses.
- The “sixth generation of expropriated persons” refers to the great-great-great-grandchildren of the first generation of expropriated persons and their spouses.
How does this pass for the Forillon National Park work?
- At Forillon National Park, this pass will take the form of an identity card with photo and will be issued to any eligible person who applies for one. It is a personal non-transferable pass.
- Upon presenting their pass at Forillon National Park toll kiosks, pass holders will have free access, all year round, to places within the park that have special personal or family significance to them.
How do I make a request?
All Parks Canada facilities are temporarily closed and all visitor services are suspended until further notice.Please note that this may result in additional time for processing applications.
- Important: No applications for passes for the 4th, 5th and 6th generations of expropriated persons will be processed before November 1, 2020. Therefore it is pointless to apply for a pass at this time.
- For passes for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd generations, you can, at this time, apply for a pass. Your application must include the following:
- the Pass Application duly completed and signed,
a copy of your birth (or baptismal) certificate in order to prove your identity and one recent colour photo.
- The Pass Application form is available here: Application Form(PDF - 120 Kb) or a printed form can be obtained at the Parks Canada offices in Gaspé (122 De Gaspé Boul.), at Penouille reception and information centre, at the information and Discovery Centre in the North sector and at toll kiosks in the North and South sectors of the park.
- The completed form can be mailed or dropped off in person at the following address:
Forillon National Park
122 De Gaspé Boulevard
Gaspé, Québec G4X 1A9
- You can also submit your application by e-mail to: email@example.com
Proof of identity: birth certificate or other document?
- Only copies of birth or baptismal certificates will be accepted as proof of identity for pass application purposes. Other identity documents, such as passports, driver’s licences, and health insurance cards, are not accepted because they do not show the names of the applicant’s parents
Blended families: who qualifies?
- A person can qualify for the Pass Program either through a direct descendent relationship (up to three generations, and beginning November 1, 2020, up to six) with an owner whose property was expropriated at the time of the creation of Forillon National Park or a spousal relationship with someone qualifying for the pass.
Please contact a Pass Program officer for more information on this subject at (418) 368-5505 or by emailing us the new information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Is there a deadline for applying for a pass?
- There is no deadline for applying for a pass.
How do I provide notification of a change of address, telephone number or email address?
- In order to keep the information in your file up to date, you can notify us of any change of address, telephone number or email address by calling the Parks Canada office in Gaspé at (418) 368-5505 or by emailing us the new information at email@example.com.
This will make it easier for us to contact you when it is time to renew your pass.
How do I notify a change of spouse?
- Please contact a Pass Program officer for more information on this subject.
How much is the Pass replacement fee?
- Forillon National Park hereby wishes to notify you that as of October 9, 2012, a $20 fee will be charged for replacing a pass. Note that the costs are of use to the processing of the demand and not for the replacement of the pass.
Any application to replace a pass must be accompanied by the "Pass Replacement Application" (PDF - 36Kb) form (duly completed and signed) and payment in full by cheque or cash. The form is available in a printer-friendly PDF version or can be obtained by calling the Parks Canada office in Gaspé, at (418) 368-5505.
Other useful information
- Please note that incomplete pass application will be returned to the applicant unprocessed.
- People waiting for a pass are required to pay park entrances fees.
- For the sake of fairness, the processing procedure for all applications is the same.
How can I contact the Pass Program?
- By mail: Pass Program, 122 boulevard de Gaspé, Gaspé (Québec) G4X 1A9
By email: firstname.lastname@example.org
By telephone: (418) 368-5505