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Celebrating big news for Canadian conservation

Y2Y celebrates $1.3 billion committed to conservation in the 2018 Canadian federal budget.

On Feb. 28, Canada made a historic announcement in their 2018 federal budget: $1.3 billion committed to conservation.

This funding provides direction and financial support for the future management of our nation’s protected areas. We think that's cause for celebration!

Under Pathway to Canada Target 1 — a process Y2Y has been strongly engaged in — the country has committed to an international goal of conserving at least 17 percent of terrestrial areas and inland water through networks of protected areas and other effective area-based conservation measures by 2020. Currently Canada protects 10.6 percent of land and inland waters.

The funding is an important step, but we also need continued commitment and investment of time from the federal, provincial, territorial and Indigenous governments to meet and exceed this goal.

“This is a great move for Canada. Canadians love nature and this historic investment in preserving the other living things that share this beautiful country with us demonstrates exactly the kind of strong federal leadership we need, to protect what we love,” says Harvey Locke, Y2Y's co-founder.

The spending includes investment in new federal protected areas, increased capacity for national park management, protection of species at risk such as mountain caribou, and funding to establish a network of conservation areas.

“This type of vision shows the government is serious about protecting nature on the scale it needs to thrive,” says Aerin Jacob, Y2Y’s conservation scientist.

“Today's announcement is positive. Now the hard work lies ahead since we need different conservation approaches in different parts of Canada. This includes carefully planning where the new protected areas should be, based on intact wilderness, connectivity, species at risk and more,” she says.

We applaud this historic commitment that shows Environment Minister Catherine McKenna and others in the government are dedicated to preserving Canada's natural places and wild spaces.