Aug
14
2019

Canada supports PEI to expand protected areas 

Islanders understand the importance of protecting wildlife and the natural environment. A new investment will create new protected areas, including the fourth largest provincially managed protected area in the Island.

Funding through the federal Canadian Nature Fund will enable the province, the Nature Conservancy of Canada, Island Nature Trust and Ducks Unlimited Canada to purchase and manage land of strategic importance to conserve key natural habitats in several areas of the Island. 

“This investment will support species at risk by keeping habitat connected, protecting important wetlands, contributing to carbon storage and mitigating the impacts of climate change.  Together with our partners, it will help us meet our target of protecting seven per cent of the Island’s land by the end of 2020,” said Brad Trivers, Minister of Environment, Water and Climate Change. 

“Protecting more of our nature will help Canadians across the country benefit from a healthier environment, and it will also help protect Canada’s iconic wildlife. By working together, with our shared knowledge, resources and networks, we have the opportunity to restore our planet, our common home,” said Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change

The Government of Canada is investing $421,000 in PEI. 

About $329,000 of that funding will allow the province to purchase a 480-acre property in Farmington. Managed in partnership with Ducks Unlimited Canada, this property will be added to the adjacent Dingwell’s Mills Wildlife Management Area.  The mature softwood and wooded swamp area contributes to habitat connectivity and supports a high diversity of species including the endangered Canada warbler and Northern myotis (northern long-eared bat). 

Additional funds will support Island Nature Trust ($48,600) and the Nature Conservancy of Canada ($42,602) to secure important habitats elsewhere in the province.

The Canada Nature Fund supports the efforts of non-federal partners whose commitment is critical to achieving success in nature conservation.  

Media contacts:
Katie MacDonald
Communications, Government of Prince Edward Island
902-314-3996
katiemacdonald@gov.pe.ca

Sabrina Kim
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change
819-743-7138
sabrina.kim2@canada.ca

Backgrounder 

  • PEI’s current protected area stands at 20,466 hectares (3.6% of the land base). The Province is committed to meeting its target of protecting 7% of PEI’s land by the end of 2020.
  • PEI is the most densely populated province in Canada, and it has the highest percentage of private land.  These two factors combine to make land protection more challenging here than in other provinces.
  • Land on PEI can be designated as protected by private owners or the Province using the Natural Areas Protection Act and Wildlife Conservation Act.
  • The Government of Canada is committed to doubling the amount of protected nature in our lands and waters across Canada.
  • Budget 2018 invested a historic $1.35 billion to protect Canada’s nature, including the establishment of new protected and conserved areas as well as new Indigenous protected and conserved areas.
  • Globally, Canada has 20 percent of freshwater resources, 24 percent of wetlands, 25 percent of temperate rainforest area, and 33 percent of remaining boreal forest.
  • Canada also has almost one third of all land-based carbon storage: a vital element of action on climate change.

General Inquiries

Department of Environment, Water and Climate Change
4th Floor, Jones Building
11 Kent Street
PO Box 2000
Charlottetown, PE C1A 7N8

Phone: 902-368-5044
Toll-free: 1-866-368-5044
Fax: 902-368-5830
Report an Environmental Concern

DeptEWCC@gov.pe.ca