2015 Platform

National Parks

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We will preserve and promote Canada’s National Parks.

Canada’s National Parks belong to all Canadians. They are also an important part of local economies, generating nearly $5 billion each year and helping to employ 65,000 people.

We will make it more affordable for more Canadians to visit and appreciate our National Parks.

  • In 2017, the 150th anniversary of Confederation, admission for all visitors to National Parks will be free.
  • Beginning in 2018, admission for children under 18 will be free, and any adult who has become a Canadian citizen in the previous 12 months will be given one year’s free admission.
  • Through an expanded Learn to Camp program, more low- and middle-income families will have an opportunity to experience Canada’s outdoors.

To protect ecosystems and species at risk, we will invest $25 million each year to develop Canada’s National Parks system, as well as manage and expand National Wildlife Areas and Migratory Bird Sanctuaries.

We will protect our National Parks by limiting development within them, and where possible, we will work with nearby communities to help grow local eco-tourism industries and create jobs.

We will reverse Stephen Harper’s cuts to Parks Canada, which cut more than $25 million from programs and services, and made it more difficult for Canadians to experience our National Parks and learn more about our environment and our heritage.

We will work with the Ontario government to create the country’s first urban National Park – Rouge National Park – including improved legislation to protect this important ecosystem and guide how the park will be managed.

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