Protected Areas Data

Area protected by federal jurisdiction, Canada, 2015
JurisdictionTerrestrial area protected
(km2)
Marine area protected
(km2)
Total
(km2)
Parks Canada339 74012 720352 460
Environment and Climate Change Canada, Canadian Wildlife Service104 83419 600124 434
Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada34 945034 945
Fisheries and Oceans Canada010 39210 392
National Capital Commission4620462
Grand total469 11242 671511 784

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Note: Entries represent the total area protected by each federal jurisdiction, accounting for any overlaps that may exist. This correction is made to avoid double-counting areas that benefit from more than one mechanism of protection. Similarly, the federal total accounts for jointly protected areas and therefore the total federal protected area is less than the sum of federal jurisdictions. No correction has been made for overlap between terrestrial and marine polygons resulting from variable definitions of coastlines or mapping artefacts. Areas under shared federal-provincial jurisdiction are included. Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Administration lands (Community Pastures) are being returned to provincial control and are no longer considered protected by a federal department. Only areas recognized under the international definition of a protected area are included.
Source: Canadian Council on Ecological Areas (2016) Conservation Areas Reporting and Tracking System (CARTS). Data are current as of December 31, 2015.

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