Nature agreements in Canada

Nature conservation in Canada

As Canadians, we all have a responsibility to steward Canada’s natural landscapes. Canada has almost a quarter of the Earth’s wetlands, boreal forests and fresh water, and the longest coastline in the world. All Canadians depend on the well-being of the natural environment to support our cultures, physical and mental health, and economy. Federal, provincial, and territorial governments, Indigenous Peoples and other partners, including municipalities, have important roles to play in conserving and restoring nature, protecting biodiversity and species at risk, fighting climate change, and rebuilding a strong and sustainable economy.

Canada’s conservation goals include:

Nature agreements

Nature Agreements between the federal and interested provincial and territorial governments will include clear and strong commitments to nature conservation and protection. Agreements will include mutually agreed upon actions and financial commitments that Canada and the province or territory will take to reach their individual and collective conservation goals.

More specifically, Nature Agreements may include:

Current Nature Agreements

Funding and timeline

In Budget 2021, the Government of Canada made a historic commitment to invest $2.3 billion over five years in Canada’s Enhanced Nature Legacy. This included $200 million to directly support the negotiation and implementation of Nature Agreements.

Canada will prioritize funding agreements with provinces and territories that show a willingness to collaborate and where there are strong potential gains, particularly on the establishment and recognition of protected and conserved areas. Funding will be commensurate to the level of ambition shown by the provinces and territories.

Nature Agreements also draw on other ECCC funding programs, and possibly other federal department funding programs, where priorities align and where they can help achieve stronger conservation gains.

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