Canada's first national urban park, the Rouge National Urban Park in the
Greater Toronto Area to offer unprecedented opportunities for Canadians
to connect with nature
TORONTO, June 16, 2014 /CNW/ - Dr. Colin Carrie, Parliamentary Secretary
to the Minister of the Environment and Member of Parliament for Oshawa,
on behalf of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment
and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, celebrated the bill to
formally establish Rouge National Urban Park in the Greater Toronto
Area. Corneliu Chisu, MP for Pickering-Scarborough East, joined
Parliamentary Secretary Carrie for the celebration.
With the tabling of this historic legislation, the Government of Canada
continues to build on its record as a world leader in conservation. The
creation of Canada's first urban national park directly supports the
National Conservation Plan by providing 20% of Canada's population who
live within one hour of the park the opportunity to connect with
Canada's Economic Action Plan 2012 provided funding of $143.7 million
over 10 years, and $7.6 million annually thereafter, to support the
creation and operation of the national urban park.
The Rouge is a biodiversity hotspot - approximately 1,700 species of
plants, birds, fish, mammals, insects, amphibians and other species
have been observed in the Rouge.
Since 2006, the Government of Canada has added an area nearly twice the
size of Vancouver Island to the network of federal protected areas.
In just the past month, the Government of Canada has announced Canada's
National Conservation Plan, tabled legislation to create two national
parks (Nááts'ihch'oh and Rouge), announced funding for 85 community
conservation projects across the country, and announced the proposed
Multi-Sector Air Pollutants Regulations, Canada's first-ever mandatory
national emission standards for major industries which will allow
Canadians to enjoy cleaner air.
"Our Government is proud to be part of the collaborative efforts and on
the ground action that helped ensure that the Rouge becomes Canada's
first national urban park. This legislation provides the highest level
of protection in the history of the Greater Toronto Area and is a
testament to our Government's strong commitment to conserving Canada's
natural spaces and connecting Canadians to nature as highlighted in the
National Conservation Plan."
The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment and Minister
responsible for Parks Canada
"This is an historic day. The tabling of legislation to create Rouge
National Urban Park fulfils the Government of Canada's commitment to
protecting the Rouge Valley and linking Lake Ontario with the Oak
Ridges Moraine. Located within close proximity of twenty percent of
Canada's population, the creation of Rouge National Urban Park
demonstrates our Government's strong commitment to connecting Canadian
families to our treasured natural and cultural heritage. This
legislation will ensure that people in the GTA and Durham Region will
enjoy the beauty of Rouge Valley for many years to come."
Dr. Colin Carrie, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of the
Environment and Member of Parliament for Oshawa
"With the tabling of legislation to create Rouge National Urban Park,
our Government has ensured the protection of the Rouge for present and
future generations and will help Canadians connect with our country's
rich natural, cultural and agricultural heritage. As Member of
Parliament for Pickering-Scarborough East, I encourage all Canadians to
visit the park and experience all it has to offer."
Corneliu Chisu, MP for Pickering-Scarborough East
"Since I was first elected I have made preserving the valuable farmland
contained within the Transport Canada Lands in York Region a priority.
I have fought for our farmers while advocating to preserve the Rouge
Lands in a way that respects both the environment and those who work on
what is amongst the most fertile farmland in Canada. Additionally, the
new Rouge Park will offer an unprecedented opportunity to showcase and
share our nation's achievements in conservation with Canadians,
particularly with new Canadians, urban Canadians and young Canadians."
Paul Calandra, MP for Oak Ridges-Markham
Backgrounder: Rouge National Urban Park Act
SOURCE: Parks Canada
For further information:
Office of the Minister of the Environment