of cities have a citywide biodiversity strategy and 52% of cities have biodiversity objectives embedded within other environmental plans.
This year we separated standalone biodiversity strategies from other city environmental plans that contained biodiversity objectives, suggesting there is more work to be done to create holistic citywide urban biodiversity strategies.
of cities listed protecting and enhancing biodiversity and natural environments as a top challenge.
of cities reported increasing demand for park naturalization projects.
of cities reported increasing demand for green infrastructure like bioswales and rain gardens.
% of parkland that is natural parkland
Park systems are made up of both manicured parks (sports fields, playgrounds) and natural areas (woodlots, meadows). As we seek to adapt to climate change and increase biodiversity, it’s important to ensure we are protecting natural spaces as cities grow. On average, 45% of park systems are natural areas, representing 33,600ha across all cities.
% of parkland that is environmentally significant/protected
This chart shows the percentage of total city parkland that is under special protection as ecologically sensitive. While the policies are different in each city, it gives a sense of the quantity of protected urban habitat—8,300ha in total or equivalent to nearly 21 Stanley Parks—a number that could help contribute to Canada’s target of 17% protected land in the country.

Special Thanks

Park People thanks the RBC Foundation for their support of the special biodiversity focus area and the online biodiversity resource library.