Parks Canada

Parks Canada

June 25, 2012 10:00 ET

Public Landholders Working Together Towards a Land Transfer for Rouge National Urban Park

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 25, 2012) - The Honourable Peter Kent, Canada's Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, is pleased with the level of collaboration by the public landholders expressing their commitment to work together toward a recommendation on park boundaries, and subsequent land transfer processes, for the creation of Rouge National Urban Park.

"Our Government is proud of this outstanding collaboration to create what will be an incredible new protected area in the very heart of the Greater Toronto Area," stated Minister Kent. "Each partner has supported the protection of these important lands over the past 25 years. Parks Canada will continue to work closely with each of them to ensure the on-going legacy of Rouge Park continues to be celebrated and protected for this and future generations."

With the recently announced financial commitment of $143.7M over ten years, the commitment of the public landholders is an important next step towards the establishment of Rouge National Urban Park. Parks Canada will continue to work collectively with all partners including: City of Toronto; City of Pickering; Town of Markham; Regional Municipalities of York and Durham; Toronto and Region Conservation Authority; and, the Province of Ontario, towards a land transfer agreement for the Fall of 2012.

The Government of Canada is fully committed to moving forward with the establishment of Rouge National Urban Park and, as such, officially launched the public involvement phase, introducing a new on-line public engagement platform, and announced the appointment of Rouge National Urban Park's first Superintendent, as part of the days' announcement.

The Rouge National Urban Park public engagement platform is now available on the Parks Canada public website. Input from the public is of great value to Parks Canada and this on-line platform will facilitate participation of interested individuals in the establishment of Rouge National Urban Park.

Currently the Superintendent for Banff National Park, Ms Pam Veinotte has recently accepted the appointment and is expected to begin in the coming weeks. As leader of one of Parks Canada's most iconic and most visited national parks, the appointment of Ms. Veinotte is a concrete step on the federal commitment to carry the positive momentum built over the last decades and through this transition of developing Canada's first national urban park.

"This is a chance for the Canadian public to leave a lasting legacy and I encourage all those interested to provide their input," said Minister Kent. "As we break new ground, we must ensure we have strength in our leadership. It is fitting, and quite purposeful, to have this 'Canadian first' be led by the current Superintendent of Parks Canada's first National Park."

Parks Canada is excited about this groundbreaking initiative. The Agency envisions the building of a "people's park" where connections are forged between the people of this great nation and the elements that make us truly Canadian. Rouge National Urban Park will be a place where people can gather, connect, be engaged, be stewards.

For additional information on today's announcement, please see the accompanying backgrounder at www.parkscanada.gc.ca under Media Room or visit www.parkscanada.gc.ca/rouge.

Contact Information

  • Adam Sweet
    Press Secretary
    Office of the Minister of the Environment
    819-997-1441

    Media Relations
    Parks Canada
    819-953-8371
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