OTTAWA, June 6, 2014 /CNW/ - Today, Minister Aglukkaq announced the
release of a report on results of the 2012 Canadian Nature Survey. The results clearly demonstrate the importance Canadians place on
spending time in nature and the significant contribution that
nature-related activities make to the national economy.
The survey was undertaken in collaboration with provincial and
territorial governments. The survey was the first of its kind in Canada
in over 15 years and the first truly national survey to collect
information on the importance of nature from all 13 provinces and
territories. Results from the survey will be useful to all levels of
government in making conservation, land-use planning, and wildlife
management decisions. Results will also be of use to researchers,
educators, non-governmental conservation organizations, and sectors
associated with outdoor activity such as recreation, leisure and
The survey results provide insights on the importance of nature to
Canadians that will help inform policy and program decisions, including
initiatives under the National Conservation Plan (NCP). The NCP will
provide a more coordinated approach to conservation efforts across the
country with an emphasis on enabling Canadians to conserve and restore
lands and waters in and around their communities, and making it easier
for citizens living in cities to connect with nature.
The results of the survey are statistically representative of all
Canadian adults to within +/-2 percentage points. Canadian adults age
18 and over were randomly selected to complete the survey between Fall
2012 and Spring 2013. More than 24,000 responses were received,
representing all 13 provinces and territories.
89 percent of all Canadian adults participated in at least one of over
30 different nature-based activities, with the most popular being
picnicking or relaxing in nature (71 percent nationally), followed by
reading or viewing nature media (66 percent); hiking, climbing,
horseback riding (64 percent); and gardening or landscaping with plants
4.6 million Canadians (almost 19 percent of all adults) gave money for
donations or membership dues to nature or conservation organizations.
Canadian adults made an estimated $41.3 billion in expenditures for
nature-based activities in the 12 months prior to completing the
survey, with the greatest amount dedicated to non-motorized,
"Our Government recognizes that our natural heritage is intrinsically
tied to our identity as Canadians. That's why we recently launched the
National Conservation Plan, which will help connect Canadians to
nature. The 2012 Canadian Nature Survey reaffirms the importance of our
Government's action to conserve, protect and restore the environment.
— The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment, Minister
of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency and Minister for
the Arctic Council
To see the results of the survey, please visit www.biodivcanada.ca.
SOURCE: Environment Canada
For further information:
Office of the Minister of the Environment
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