Discussion Paper - Introduction
For the first time in 50 years, the government of Ontario is reviewing the legislation for Ontario’s protected areas – our provincial parks, conservation reserves and wilderness areas.
The Ontario government is committed to the permanent protection and ecological integrity of our parks and protected areas. Through this review, the government will work with Ontarians to update protected areas legislation and strengthen the protection of our natural and cultural heritage. A key first step is listening to the views of stakeholders, Aboriginal communities and members of the public on how we can develop strong legislation that reflects the quality of our world class network of protected areas.
For more than a century, Ontario’s unique network of parks and protected areas has preserved significant natural environments for future generations while providing recreational opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts.
Protected areas contribute to the health, vitality and economic prosperity of Ontario by supporting a quality of life that is second to none.
This discussion paper contains background information on Ontario’s protected areas network and presents eight legislative proposals for public comment. The proposals generally focus on incorporating in law important protection provisions that are currently in policy.
Detailed descriptions of the proposals begin on page 13.
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