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, 46% of park systems are natural areas—a number that has remained stable over the three years of the report.
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—12,745ha in total or equivalent to nearly 32 Stanley Parks—a number that could help contribute to Canada’s target of 17% protected land in the country.