Parks Canada is keen to expand its network of national parks across the country and Colwood has listed potential locations.
According to Parks Canada, nearly 72% of Canadians live in urban centers. This means that wildlife and nature may not be easily accessible to them in their daily life.
According to Parks Canada, $ 130 million in funding for the creation of urban parks will come from the $ 2.3 billion Canada’s natural heritage fund, which was announced in the 2021 federal budget.
Not only does the introduction of these parks have positive impacts on humans, nature-based climate solutions can provide up to 30 percent of global climate solutions.
Some examples of nature-based climate solutions are tree planting, protection and restoration of wetlands and grasslands and other carbon reservoirs.
Earlier this month, the Honorable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, launched the new program to support the creation and expansion of this network of parks.
Since the announcement, Parks Canada has already signed a declaration of collaboration with an authority, exploring the possibility of creating one of these national urban parks in the Meewasin Valley in Saskatchewan.
Parks Canada is currently working to identify additional areas for potential urban park sites across the country. Signed declarations of collaboration have been signed with the municipalities of Winnipeg, Halifax and Windsor.
Discussions around other areas of interest are also underway, including our very own Colwood!
It is believed that the new national urban park will be located on land adjacent to Fort Rodd Hill.
Canada has 48 national parks, with only one located in an urban setting in Toronto, which was formed in 2011 and is known as Rouge National Urban Park.