Parks Canada: Landscape Resiliency Program
The Landscape Resiliency Program is a unique partnership between the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) and Parks Canada (PC). The program mobilizes the whole of society approach to conserving and caring for nature. Launched in 2023, the partnership is a $30-million effort to support resilient landscapes by conserving up to 30,000 hectares, connecting habitats and creating protected buffers around the parks.
NCC will leverage PC’s $15-million investment by raising matching funds to protect natural areas and wildlife corridors near national parks. At the same time, we will be working with Indigenous Nations, local communities, property owners and other partners to conserve the identified natural areas and their stewardship.
Credit: Top row, L-R: Fernando Lessa, Chris Lorenz, NCC, Mary Gartshore, Mike Dembeck. Bottom row, L-R: Jenel Bode, Brent Calver, Marc Sauvé, Adam Bialo/Kontakt Films, Mike Dembeck.
Strengthening surrounding natural areas
Protecting nature around these parks secures critical habitats and natural features that act as all-natural carbon sinks, water storage and filtration systems, and air purifiers, as well as supporting the well-being of the nearby communities. Animals of all sizes also need to move across the landscape to live, feed, breed and thrive. When we conserve and care for natural areas, we are filling in the puzzle pieces of an overall goal to boost ecological connectivity and climate resilience.
These areas will be conserved through a variety of ways, such as land purchases, donations, conservation agreements with landowners and tools like other effective area-based conservation measures.
Priority parks identified in the program include:
- Gulf Islands National Park Reserve (BC)
- Kootenay National Park (BC)
- Waterton Lakes National Park (AB)
- Grasslands National Park (SK)
- Thousand Islands National Park (ON)
- Bruce Peninsula National Park (ON)
- Point Pelee National Parks (ON)
- La Mauricie National Park (QC)
- Kouchibouguac National Park (NB)
- Kejimkujik National Park & National Historic Site (NS)
Additional PC sites may be included.