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Environment committee  As is noted, the Government of Canada committed to expanding Canadians' access to nature by creating a system of national urban parks. Those will have positive benefits for biodiversity, climate, connecting people to nature, reconciliation, and equitability as well. There are a n

May 12th, 2021Committee meeting

Darlene Upton

Environment committee  Thanks, Ron. Parks Canada has made significant contributions to protected areas. In fact, we protect 3.53% of the 12.1% protected for terrestrial. That's the largest federal contribution—we make up 75% of the federal contribution—and the largest contribution of any organization.

March 10th, 2021Committee meeting

Darlene Upton

Environment committee  Sure, I can continue. There are three other things that are really important in terms of protected areas and they have to do with their management. We have a program investing about $15 million a year in projects for conservation and restoration. We're targeting 92% of our pla

March 10th, 2021Committee meeting

Darlene Upton

Environment committee  Hi, everyone. Thanks very much for the question. It's Darlene Upton with Parks Canada. Parks Canada remains committed to the management of the mountain pine beetle. We're working closely with the Government of Alberta, Natural Resources Canada, multiple governments and stakehold

December 2nd, 2020Committee meeting

Darlene Upton

Environment committee  Thanks for the question. I'm the vice-president of protected areas establishment and conservation with Parks Canada. I can start, and perhaps my colleagues might have something to add as well. A few things are happening now. A number of conferences have been postponed. The Worl

November 4th, 2020Committee meeting

Darlene Upton

Environment committee  That work is beginning now but as I mentioned, Parks Canada is working in collaboration with Environment Canada and Natural Resources Canada to look at developing that plan.

March 12th, 2020Committee meeting

Darlene Upton

Environment committee  Parks Canada is not the lead for that program. However, we're working with our colleagues at NRCan and Environment who play a role. We will be determining what contribution Parks Canada can make in terms of planting.

March 12th, 2020Committee meeting

Darlene Upton

Environment committee  There is the Indigenous Leadership Initiative, which is something that they may want to connect with. This initiative is supporting about 25 IPCAs, indigenous protected and conserved areas, that received funding recently to explore. That's one avenue they may want to look at. We

February 27th, 2020Committee meeting

Darlene Upton

Environment committee  It just really varies by initiative. Obviously, many of the projects we looked at require indigenous support. We view these as opportunities. There may be private sector interests or mineral interests that need to be looked at. These are things that are not necessarily roadblock

February 27th, 2020Committee meeting

Darlene Upton

Environment committee  If I could add to that, as an example, a few years ago we renegotiated our relationship with the hydro industry. We have 26 hydro dams. We renegotiated that relationship for set fees. That provides a significant amount of revenue into the agency.

February 27th, 2020Committee meeting

Darlene Upton

Environment committee  We've already updated the guidance in the new system, which was created to address the requirements in the new legislation.

February 27th, 2020Committee meeting

Darlene Upton

Environment committee  Yes. The planning is in the early phases, but we're working with both Natural Resources Canada and Environment Canada to look at how that will roll out and what opportunities Parks Canada lands offer.

February 27th, 2020Committee meeting

Darlene Upton

Environment committee  Potentially. We're just starting to have the conversations now.

February 27th, 2020Committee meeting

Darlene Upton

Environment committee  Two billion is a lot of trees.

February 27th, 2020Committee meeting

Darlene Upton

Environment committee  Parks Canada won't be able to deliver...won't be the sole body that would be able to do that. We don't have the estimate right now on what our potential would be.

February 27th, 2020Committee meeting

Darlene Upton