Parks Canada announces the creation of an advisory committee for Rouge National Urban Park



TORONTO, August 6, 2021 / CNW / – Urban parks help protect biodiversity, support climate resilience, connect people to nature, improve mental health and well-being, and increase social inclusion. Located within an hour’s drive of a 20 percent from Canada population and accessible by public transit, Rouge National Urban Park offers Canadians unprecedented opportunities to connect with nature.

Today, the Honorable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, announced the membership of the All-Party Ministerial and Public Advisory Committee for Rouge National Urban Park.

The Advisory Committee is established to provide recommendations, knowledge, advice and wisdom to the Minister regarding the responsible management of the park and the implementation of its management plan. The committee also provides a forum for continued collaboration and strong relationships between Parks Canada and Indigenous and other partners, local governments and jurisdictions, and the public.

The advisory committee includes members of the Rouge National Urban Park First Nations Advisory Circle, City of Toronto, the City of Markham, City of Pickering, Regional Municipality of York, the regional municipality of Durham, the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville, the Township of Uxbridge, the Toronto and the Regional Conservation Authority and the Province of Ontario.

The six public members of the Committee have been confirmed as: Dr. Marc Cadotte, Kim Empringham, Sumaira munir, Larry Noonan, Janet Sumner (president), and Mark yearwood. Each member will serve a four-year term and represent a plurality of communities, interests and areas of knowledge, including park ecology and restoration, species at risk, Indigenous perspectives, agricultural heritage, education. based on nature, volunteering, conservation, cultural heritage and diversity. and equity.


“Today’s announcement indicates that public engagement and collaboration continues to be key elements in shaping the future direction of Rouge National Urban Park. The breadth and diversity of knowledge, experience and interests demonstrated by the new park advisory committee will ensure that Rouge becomes a role model on how urban parks can be essential places for conservation, recreation, learning and our mental and physical well-being. “

Jonathan wilkinson, Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada

“Rouge National Urban Park was created by an inspiring citizen movement, which resulted in the first park of its kind in Canada. I am delighted that a group of exceptionally talented individuals have stepped forward and been appointed to the Advisory Board. As president, we will benefit from Janet Sumner visionary leadership and a steadfast determination to protect nature and connect it with all Canadians. As Parks Canada sets out to develop a series of urban national parks, the Rouge will serve as a model and standard bearer for the management of urban parks and will do so with an extraordinary group of Canadians whom we have appointed to the advisory committee today. . “

-Gary Anandasangaree, MP for Scarborough-Rouge Park and the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations

Fast facts

  • Nearly 80 km2 by its size, Rouge National Urban Park is one of the largest urban parks in the world and from Canada first urban national park.
  • A rich blend of natural, cultural and agricultural landscapes, Rouge National Urban Park is home to nearly 2,000 species of plants and animals, some of the last operating farms in the region. Greater Toronto Area, and human history going back over 10,000 years, some of which from Canada the oldest known indigenous sites.
  • To ensure that more Canadians have access to nature in urban areas, Budget 2021 provided for an investment of $ 130.9 million establish a network of national urban parks. Earlier this week, the government announced that it had signed declarations of collaboration with the Meewasin Valley Authority (SK), the municipalities of Winnipeg (Mo), Halifax (NS) and Windsor (ON) and work with others to identify potential urban park sites in various locations, including the largest Edmonton (AB), Colwood (BC) and Montreal (QC).

Related documents

Rouge National Urban Park Master Plan 2019

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SOURCE Parks Canada

For further information: Joanna Sivasankaran, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, 819-790-1907, [email protected]; Media Relations, Parks Canada Agency, 855-862-1812, [email protected]

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