Members of the House of Commons voted in favor of the creation of a national urban park in Windsor.
A private member’s bill introduced by Windsor West New Democrat Brian Masse to create the Ojibway National Urban Park passed second reading Wednesday afternoon by a vote of 169 to 147.
The proposed Ojibway National Urban Park would include Ojibway Park, Spring Garden Natural Area, Black Oak Heritage Park, Tallgrass Prairie Park, Ojibway Prairie Provincial Nature Reserve and Ojibway Shores, a 33-acre vital green space and the last shoreline undeveloped natural. in Windsor-Detroit.
Once all the grounds are connected, the park would cover 900 acres.
The proposal is now submitted to the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development for consideration. From there, the bill still has to pass third reading in the House of Commons before receiving Senate approval and then Royal Assent.
The bill received the support of the Bloc, the Green Party, the Conservative Party, the NDP and two Liberal MPs. Conservative MP for Essex Chris Lewis backed the bill while Liberal MP for Windsor-Tecumseh Irek Kusmierczyk voted against it.
On May 12, the Minister of the Environment announced that Transport Canada has signed an agreement with Parks Canada to transfer Ojibway Shores from the Port of Windsor to Parks Canada as part of the process of creating the Ojibway National Urban Park.
In February 2022, Parks Canada announced nearly $600,000 in funding for a “Windsor Urban Park Assessment”. Parks Canada funding for the City of Windsor is being used to conduct an assessment of the area and its unique features as part of work to create a national urban park.