Quick Start

Quick Start was an early investment by the federal government for ready-to-launch projects that could quickly add to Canada’s protected and conserved areas in key areas. These projects help to improve connectivity, advance Indigenous-led conservation and reconciliation, and have co-benefits such as the protection of species at risk or carbon storage.

Check out our map of projects below:

Project name Project description Location (longitude and latitude)
Cation Wildlife Preserve Kawartha Land Trust will add will add almost 200 hectares near two existing protected areas. This will provide a larger natural area for wildlife conservation. 44.306955, -78.341866
Protecting Priority Habitats in Agricultural Working Landscapes in Manitoba The Manitoba Habitat Heritage Corporation will permanently protect 971 hectares of land in a working, agricultural landscape, creating perpetual habitat protection on private lands, targeting wetlands and associated grassland and wooded habitats. 52.688618, -100.941984
Corridor appalachien protected area The Appalachian Corridor Land Trust will purchase land to provide habitats for migratory birds and other species at risk. 45.245995, -72.386669
Ceinture verte du Grand Montréal Nature-Action Québec will purchase land within the Montreal greenbelt to create new protected areas and a corridor for wildlife near the city. 45.538755, -73.298088
Michipicoten Island Nature Reserve Thunder Bay Field Naturalists Club will purchase two land parcels on Lake Superior to complete the conservation protection of the entire east end of the Michipicoten Island. 47.745195, -85.773290
Advancing Target 1 in Nova Scotia—A Collaborative Biodiversity Action Quick Start Initiative Nova Scotia Nature Trust and Nature Conservancy of Canada will purchase private lands in order to support the province of Nova Scotia’s biodiversity goals and initiatives. 44.883568, -63.602463
Preserving Land in Significant Watersheds and Improving Capacity for Indigenous-led Conservation in New Brunswick Nature Trust of New Brunswick will permanently protect more than 340 hectares of land by donation and purchase in the Valley Lowlands and Eastern Lowlands. 46.682793, -66.311210
Blue Mountain‐Birch Cove Lakes Wilderness Park Land Acquisition Halifax Regional Municipality will establish Blue Mountain-Birch Cove Lakes Wilderness Park, which will protect land from urban development. The core area of the park is comprised of provincial crown lands that have been designated as a 927 hectare protected Wilderness Area. 44.679229, -63.727836
North French River Watershed Conservation Plan The Moose Cree First Nation will develop a consolidated case document to support designation of North French as a First Nation Protected Area 50.20045300, -80.73244600
Mikisew Cree First Nation’s proposed Biodiversity Stewardship Area – Western Boundary Mikisew Cree First Nation will add 30,000 hectares to Alberta's Kitaskino Nuwenëné Wildland Provincial Park. 54.327861, -118.994085
B.C. Crown Land Securement Partner Program (CLSPP) : proposed S’amunu Wildlife Management Area The province of BC will establish the S’amunu Wildlife Management Area in Somenos Marsh to conserve wildlife habitats, ecosystems, and sites of Indigenous cultural importance. 53.940363, -124.164958
Protecting a 2400 Hectare Georgian Bay Watershed Georgian Bay Land Trust will purchase a conservation easement agreement over 2375 hectares of land to conserve biodiversity and protect important wetlands and mature forests. 44.972936, -79.873059
CPAWS Trailmap to Canada Target 1: Promoting participation for Peel Watershed community consultations The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society - Yukon is developing the Peel River Watershed land use plan that will eventually add over 3,000,000 hectares of land to the Yukon's protected areas. 66.734587, -135.522282
Trondek Hwechin Indigenous Protected or Conserved area The Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Government will establish a protected area that will protect the Peel watershed and associated wetlands, critical habitat for caribou in their traditional territory. 66.494388, -134.184164
Frontenac Arch Natural Area Thousand Islands Watershed Land Trust will acquire properties near protected spaces of Thousand Islands National Park, Charleston Lake Provincial Park, the Queen’s University Biology Station, and Frontenac Provincial Park. 44.348505, -76.022550
Wetland Inventory & Technical Knowledge Sharing for the Dawson Regional Land Use Planning Ducks Unlimited Canada will acquire wetland information to support land use planning decisions and lead to the creation of protected areas. The Dawson planning region is rich in biodiversity and contains habitat for many species at risk. 64.046208, -139.449350
Establishing Alberta’s Biodiversity Stewardship Area (BSA) for bison and watershed protection and Indigenous leadership, rights and values With partners, Alberta Environment and Parks will convert the Green Hatch area from a multiple use area to Kitaskino Nuwenëné Wildland Provincial Park. The park will protect bison, caribou and the Peace-Athabasca Delta watershed. 58.067477, -112.303974
Acquisition de la propriété Dessureault-Roy Centre de la Nature du mont Saint-Hilaire will acquire the Dessureault-Roy property to make a new protected area, connecting the Réserve naturelle Gault greenbelt to the biosphere natural reserve of Saint-Hilaire. 46.803184, -71.222737
Conservation des tourbières de Lanoraie par acquisition de droits de propriétés Société pour la conservation de la tourbière de Lanoraie will purchase land that will provide buffer and connectivitiy benefits to an ecological reserve in an area that is habitat for a migratory bird species at risk. 45.957207, -73.216639
Brisebois land Parc des falaises will purchase new land to make new protected areas and to expand the Parc des falaises. 45.907995, -74.042263
Wetland in the municipality of Boisbriand Eco-Nature will purchase up to 360 hectares of wetland in the municipality of Boisbriand, an area providing buffer and continuity benefits to the Riviere-des-Milles-Iles National Wildlife Area. 45.907995, -74.042263
Twin Sisters mountain and watershed planning The Saulteau First Nation will expand Klinse-za (Twin Sisters) Provincial Park by 50,000 hectares; develop a management plan that gives priority to First Nations values; and develop a watershed protection plan for Moberly Lake. 53.205916, -121.543394
Green Inlet (Choowelth') Indigenous protected area The Kitasoo/Xai’xias First Nation will protect Green Inlet in British Columbia, which contains important wildlife habitat and old-growth forests. This protected area will connect with the existing Khutze, Kitlope and Fiordland protected area (Conservancy) complex. 52.592507, -128.526908
K’ih tsaa?dze Tribal Park Land Use and Management Plan Doig River First Nation will develop a Land Use and Management Plan for K’ih tsaa?dze Tribal Park that considers land use suitability, land use policies, governance, ifrastructure and partnerships. 56.692761, -120.089925
Indigenous-led conservation planning within the traditional territory of Miawpukek First Nation Miawpukek First Nation has undertaken a multi-year project to gather traditional knowledge from its traditional territory, with a particular emphasis on culture, tradition, historic use, caribou, species-at-risk, and ecosystems. 47.864051, -55.757078
Ts’ude niline Tu’eyeta (Ramparts Wetlands) Indigenous Protected Area Kasho Got’ine Dene and Metis have led a project to establish Ts’ude niline Tu’eyeta as an Indigenous Protected and Conserved Area (IPCA), encompassing a key migratory bird terrestrial habitat site and habitats for species at risk, as well as conserve boreal forest and wetlands. 66.368667, -131.474843
Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas in the Kaska Ancestral Territory The Kaska Dena Council will establisha a new Indigenous Protected and Conserved Area (IPCA) that will surround or connect to six existing protected areas. The area will protect multiple ecosystem types as well as critical habitat for caribou and other species at risk. 59.115236, -129.052407
Establishment of Dinaga Wek'ehodi and Thaidene Dene candidate protected areas The Government of Northwest Territories is partnering with local Indigenous governments to establish Dinaga Wek'ehodi and Thaidene Nene protected areas. This project will protect mainland shore and numerous islands in the north arm of Great Slave Lake. 63.110367, -116.467407
Expanding three nature reserves in Ecoregion 6E to protect globally rare habitats and species at risk Ontario Nature Land trust will add on to existing conservation areas in the Lake Simcoe-Rideau area to make new protected areas and expend existing protected areas. This project protects sensitive dune ecosystems and provincially significant wetlands. 44.141683, -80.577239
Indigenous protected and conserved area in the Ross River Dena Territory in the Yukon Kaska Nation will purchase land to establish an indigenous protected area in the Yukon. 61.982718, -132.473976
Bistcho Indigenous Protected Area The Dene Tha' First Nation will create an Indigenous Protected and Conserved Area (IPCA) that will help protect biodiversity from disturbances and restore critical wildlife habitat for species at risk including caribou. This area would effectively extend the range of caribou habitat further south, and protect grizzly bear habitat. 59.676124, -118.758209
Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation Indigenous protected and conserved area Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation (NCN) is exploring the best way to protect lands through co-management with Manitoba and Canada. During the project, the groups will work together to identify and determine the appropriate tools, laws, regulations and policies to protect and conserve Indigenous Protected Areas (IPAs). 53.722045, -97.752375
Conseil de la Nation huronne-wendat designated protected area Conseil de la Nation huronne-wendat will designate the Lac Moise Territory as a protected area, in respect with Huron-Wendat values of sustainable development. 46.803184, -71.222737
Saskatchewan River Delta - A Collaborative Approach Contributing to Protected Areas and Multi Species Planning in Northern Saskatchewan The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society - Saskatchewan and the Cumberland House Cree Nation are proposing the establishment of an Ecological Reserve to protect the Saskatchewan River Delta and area to conserve both biodiversity and traditional values for local communities. 53.919391, -102.319403
Analysis of mining potential in the Storm Lake and surrounding area The Cree Nation Government will assess the area to determine if mineral development interests will relinqush the land to facilitate the expansion of the Chisesaakahikanet-de-la-Rivière-Broadback projected Biodiversity Reserve 50.979453, -76.860729
Taku River Tlingit First Nation Proposal for Indigenous Protected Areas and Co-management Agreements Taku River Tlingit First Nation will create and Indigenous Protected and Conserved Area (IPCA) to protect the Taku River watershed to conserve biodiversity and traditional cultural links in the area. The Taku River watershed is the largest salmon producer in the region. 60.078091, -132.510997
Délįnę Tsá Tué Indigenous Protected Area Délįnę Got’įnę Government will establish a new protected area that will connect a designated traditional land use zone in the Tlicho territory with the rest of the Great Bear Lake Watershed (GBLW), as well as cover almost 1 per cent of Canada's total land mass. 66.368667, -131.474843
Protected Areas Expansion on Prince Edward Island PEI Fish and Wildlife, NCC, Island Nature Trust, and DUC will protect important wildlife habitat and conserve and restore wetland habitat and associated upland by purchasing 18 properties across Prince Edward Island to secure and conserve important habitats and forests. 46.356249, -63.395450

Disclaimer: This map is for illustrative purposes only. It has not been prepared for legal, engineering or surveying purposes. Due to varying program schedules, data availability from project partners, and confidentiality, this map is not an exhaustive list of projects. This map is updated periodically as additional project data becomes available.

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