On August 4th, the Canadian Government announced that it will dedicate up to $130.9 million in funding to create a network of urban parks across Canada. The funding announcement comes as urban parks saw increased use during the COVID-19 pandemic and awareness on the biodiversity crisis increases. Said Minister of Environment and Climate Change Jonathan Wilkinson:

“If we as a human race want to be able to have a sustainable world, we need to stop the decline in biodiversity, that means we need to invest in conservation and protection.”

Parks Canada has already signed agreements with the Saskatchewan Meewasin Valley Authority, Winnipeg, Windsor, and Halifax to explore the potential for national urban parks in those regions.

With nearly 72% of Canadians living in urban spaces, an increase in parklands will play important roles in well-being and access to nature for those who may not be able to go into the ‘wilderness’. Urban parks can also act asĀ nature-based solutions that further climate justice, and are crucial for mitigating and adapting to climate change.

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