Parks Canada

Parks Canada

May 09, 2008 15:35 ET

Government of Canada Announces Improvement to Law Enforcement Abilities in Canada's National Parks

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 9, 2008) - Canada's Environment Minister John Baird today announced that the Government of Canada is authorizing Parks Canada to create up to 100 armed enforcement officer positions. These officers will be dedicated to law enforcement in our national parks, and will receive rigorous training and screening.

"Parks Canada's enforcement officers have the important responsibility of protecting visitors and staff in Canada's National Parks, and they require the right tools to do the job safely," said Minister Baird. "Today's announcement will strengthen our enforcement capabilities in our national parks and national marine conservation areas to ensure that theses places are protected for future generations."

The Parks Canada enforcement officers will be responsible for enforcing the Canada National Parks Act, the Canada National Marine Conservation Areas Act, associated regulations and other applicable federal conservation legislation that applies in our national parks and national marine conservation areas. Police services of jurisdiction will continue to be the primary enforcers of the Criminal Code of Canada.

Parks Canada will also develop an audit and evaluation program to ensure the safe management and use of firearms, and to meet accountability requirements.

The implementation of this decision will take time; however Parks Canada anticipates that the law enforcement program will be implemented around the fall of 2008, with armed enforcement officers in place by March of 2009. Parks Canada is developing specific policies and operational manuals, will staff and train the employees, and will select and acquire the proper equipment.

Parks Canada looks forward to welcoming visitors to Canada's national parks, national marine conservation areas and national historic sites this season. These treasures are recognized as one of the finest and most extensive systems of protected places in the world. Parks Canada is committed to its valuable work in the protection and presentation of these important cultural and natural resources for present and future generations.

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Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of the Environment
    Garry Keller
    Director of Communications
    Parks Canada
    National Corporate Communications Branch
    Nicole Racette
    National Director