Legal protection of Gatineau Park, National Capital Region
Issue(s): Biological diversity, governance
Petitioner(s): Canadian organization
Petitioner Location(s): Ottawa, Ontario
Date Received: 5 February 2016
Status: Completed—Response(s) to petition received
Summary: The petition requests the legal protection of Gatineau Park. The petition asserts that the park has no legislated protection and that it does not have the same protection that Canadian national parks have under the Canada National Parks Act.
The petition states that the boundaries of the park need to be accurately defined in federal legislation. It also demands the establishment of a legislative framework and policies appropriate to a nationally important protected area. The petition points out that without legal protection, the biodiversity of the park and its different rare and endangered species will continue to be at risk.
The petition asks when legislation will be introduced to assure the protection of Gatineau Park’s ecosystems.
Federal departments responsible for reply: Environment and Climate Change Canada