National Urban Parks

Expanding urban conservation will provide high quality access to nature for more Canadians where they live, work, learn, and play.

Building on over 110 years of history in the creation of national parks, national historic sites, and national marine conservation areas, Parks Canada is launching a new program for the creation of a network of national urban parks. In collaboration with various partners, Parks Canada will create or expand urban parks that are readily accessible to people in Canada’s urban centres and provide opportunities to connect to, and learn about, local nature and culture.

National urban parks will contribute to protecting biodiversity, supporting climate resilience, connecting people to nature, improving mental health and wellness, and increasing social inclusion. Parks Canada will work closely with Indigenous partners to ensure national urban parks also provide space for Indigenous stewardship, promote Indigenous voices and stories, and offer opportunities for connections to lands and waters based on Indigenous knowledge and values.

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Government of Canada invests $130 million to work with partners to create a network of national urban parks

August 2021

Network will help ensure that all Canadians have access to green space.

Read news release

Minister’s Round Table on Parks Canada 2020

Read the discussion and report of the 2020 Minister’s Round Table, which highlight urban parks as a priority, and includes actions related to national urban parks.

Rouge National Urban Park

Learn more about the Rouge National Urban Park, the first of its kind at Parks Canada. The new National Urban Parks Program will build on the many successes of the Rouge, while exploring different models of governance.