Protecting our nature: Canada’s story

It is in our nature

Canada is home to one quarter of the Earth’s wetlands and boreal forests, 20% of its freshwater, the longest coastline in the world, and precious habitats for birds, fish, and mammals. We have a special responsibility to the world.

Together with Canadians, we are doubling the protection of our lands and oceans

We are on our way to protecting 1,697,000 km2 of our land and freshwater, and 575,000 km2 of our oceans by 2020. That is 2,272,000 km2 of protected land, lake and ocean— an area bigger than Greenland!

We are doing it together with provinces and territories, Indigenous Peoples, cities and towns, foundations, charities and other partners from coast to coast to coast.

Long description

Map of Canada with text "We are doubling the protection of Canada's lands and oceans" and arrow indicating the increase in protected land divided into 3 dates: 2015: 1.12 million square kilometers, Today: 2 million kilometers square and 2020: 2.27 million square kilometers. The data is as of October, 2019.

What we have done

So far, more than 2 million km2 of our lands and oceans are already protected or conserved—bigger than the size of Quebec and Newfoundland and Labrador combined. Over the past several years, we have increased this number by creating and supporting new federal, provincial, territorial and Indigenous protected areas, as well as areas protected by land trusts and communities.

We’re adding new protected and other conserved areas like:

What we are doing next

We are not done yet! To reach our 2020 target, we still need to protect a land area almost the size of Spain. We are doing this by:

How you can help

Learn about what activities you can do at home to protect nature

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