Canadians are invited to join the conversation on Parks Canada from January 9 to 27, 2017. Contributions will be received online at www.letstalkparkscanada.ca. Six in-person engagement sessions will be held in Halifax, Ottawa, Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver, and Iqaluit and four public engagement outreach events will be held in large public venues in Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, and Halifax.
The views and perspectives of Canadians across all of these forums will be gathered and compiled in winter and spring 2017. A response from Minister McKenna will be released in summer 2017.
Frequently Asked Questions
- What is Let’s Talk Parks, Canada?
Let’s Talk Parks, Canada! is a national public consultation being held by the Minister of Environment and Climate Change from January 9 to 27, 2017.
Let’s Talk Parks, Canada! fulfils the requirements of the Parks Canada Agency Act for the Minister to, “at least once every two years, convene a round table of persons interested in matters for which the Agency is responsible to advise the Minister on the performance by the Agency of its responsibilities.” For the first time ever, all Canadians are being invited to participate in the Minister’s Round Table.
- Who is participating?
Let’s Talk Parks, Canada! is open to all Canadians. A number of people are being invited to participate through one of six meetings taking place in Ottawa, Halifax, Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver, or Iqaluit. The public can visit Parks Canada at public events taking place in Halifax, Toronto, Montreal, or Vancouver. Everyone can participate online here.
- What is the purpose of Let’s Talk Parks, Canada?
The purpose of this public consultation is to hear views from all Canadians on the environmental and social changes that will impact the conservation and enjoyment of national parks, national historic sites, and national marine conservation areas and to explore ways that government, stakeholders, Indigenous Peoples, and all Canadians can work together to respond to these changes.
- When and where are events taking place?
For an up-to-date list of the events that are taking place during the Let’s Talk Parks, Canada! consultation, please visit the website.
- How can I participate?
All Canadians can participate in Let’s Talk Parks, Canada! through the website or through events that may be taking placing in their region. A number of people will participate in the invitation-only events taking place in Ottawa, Halifax, Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver, and Iqaluit. To learn more about how to participate visit here.
- What will be done with the results?
All of the results will be compiled and distilled to form a set of written recommendations that will be considered by the Minister. The Minister will respond to these recommendations within 180 days of the conclusion of the Let’s Talk