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General Information

Background

The Minister of Environment and Climate Change is responsible for the Parks Canada Agency. Parks Canada protects and presents nationally significant examples of Canada's natural and cultural heritage, and fosters public understanding, appreciation and enjoyment in ways that ensure the ecological and Guide to the Preparation of Commemorative Integrity Statements of these places for present and future generations. Canada's national urban park, national parks, national historic sites, heritage canals and national marine conservation areas, of which Parks Canada is the proud steward, offer Canadians opportunities to visit, experience and personally connect with these heritage places. In carrying out its responsibilities, Parks Canada works in collaboration with a number of partners, including Indigenous peoples, stakeholders and neighbouring communities.

Parks Canada, is responsible for application of the following legislation:

Responsibilities

The mandate of the Parks Canada Agency is defined in the Parks Canada Agency Act.

On behalf of the people of Canada, we protect and present nationally significant examples of Canada's natural and cultural heritage, and foster public understanding, appreciation and enjoyment in ways that ensure the ecological and commemorative integrity of these places for present and future generations.

Parks Canada manages national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas on behalf of Canadians. Parks Canada is a proud steward of these heritage places and protects and presents them for the benefit and enjoyment of present and future generations of Canadians. Parks Canada welcomes more than 21 million people annually to the heritage places it administers.

As the first national park service in the world, Parks Canada is responsible for including representative examples of Canada's natural regions in a Map of completing the parks system. The system, which is 77 percent complete, represents the diversity of natural regions and landscapes in Canada. Forty-seven national parks represent 30 of Canada's 39 terrestrial natural regions and protect approximately 328,198 square kilometres of Canada's lands. In managing national parks, Parks Canada is mandated to maintain or restore ecological integrity, and to provide Canadians with opportunities to discover and enjoy them.

The Rouge National Urban Park – the first of its kind in Canada – provides a unique opportunity to connect urban Canadians to their natural and cultural heritage and protects the park's natural ecosystems and cultural landscapes, as well as maintaining its native wildlife and the health of those ecosystems.

The system of national historic sites includes 979 national historic sites, of which 171 are administered by Parks Canada, 690 persons of national historic significance, and 475 events of national historic significance. The system is developed in collaboration with Canadians to define important aspects of Canada's history and contributes to the recognition and celebration of significant anniversaries. The long-term objective is a system that represents the breadth and diversity of Canadian history. Parks Canada brings to life the key moments of Canada's history at the national historic sites it administers through special programming that offers unique opportunities for visitors to personally connect with and experience these places.

The Map of completing the National Marine Conservation Areas System, which is 17 percent complete, represents five of Canada's 29 marine regions and protects approximately 14,800 square kilometres of Canada's marine and freshwater ecosystems. Canada's four national marine conservation areas represent marine regions in two oceans and the Great Lakes. The Agency works to foster the ecologically sustainable use of marine resources while protecting its key features for the benefit and enjoyment of Canadians, visitors and coastal communities.

Parks Canada's nine heritage canals support commercial and recreational boating and include water management as well as the management of bridge and dam infrastructure for the benefit of Canadians.

Additional national programs focus on other heritage designations, including heritage railway stations, heritage lighthouses, federal heritage buildings and Canadian heritage rivers.

Parks Canada demonstrates leadership in heritage conservation both nationally and internationally. In Canada, the Agency administers the National Historic Sites Cost-Sharing Program, a contribution program for non-federally-owned national historic sites of Canada. Internationally, the Agency represents Canada as a State member of the World Heritage Convention and the International Union for Conservation of Nature, and through participation in other international organizations, conventions and agreements.

More information on Parks Canada's mandate and responsibilities is available at The Parks Canada mandate and charter.

Institutional Functions, Programs and Activities

Canadians have a strong sense of connection, through meaningful experiences, to their national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas and these protected places are enjoyed in ways that leave them unimpaired for present and future generations.

PA-1.1 Heritage Places Establishment

This program aims to establish heritage places in order to conserve Canada's natural and cultural heritage for the benefit and enjoyment of present and future generations, thus fostering a strong sense of connection to our natural and cultural heritage. This program also supports Canada's involvement in the internationally shared objective of protecting and commemorating the best of the world's natural and cultural heritage. By establishing national parks and national marine conservation areas in each of Canada's natural terrestrial and marine regions, this program ensures the protection and presentation of representative examples of Canada's natural diversity. Likewise, the designation and commemoration of historic places, persons and events in communities across Canada ensures our history remains a living legacy for all Canadians. Establishment or designation is achieved through feasibility assessments, public nominations, research, consultation with Indigenous peoples, stakeholders and the general public, negotiations with other governments and Indigenous organizations, recommendations from advisory bodies and fulfilment of legislative requirements. This process results in established national parks and national marine conservation areas and designated national historic sites, persons and events and other heritage places.

1.1.1 National Park Establishment

This program entails the establishment of at least one national park in each of Canada's 39 natural regions, in accordance with the National Parks System Plan. The completion of the system will protect representative examples of Canada's natural diversity, and provide opportunities for Canadians to experience, understand and appreciate these places. Five steps are involved in the process to establish a national park: identify areas representative of a natural region; select an optimum national park candidate from the list of representative areas; assess the feasibility of establishing the proposed park through studies and consultations; negotiate new park agreements, including any that may be required with Indigenous peoples or organizations; and formally establish the national park in legislation.

National Parks Establishment Program
Description
Includes records related to the planning and establishment of national parks. Records may include information about system planning, identification and selection of potential national park areas, feasibility assessments of proposed national parks, negotiations of agreements with other governments, Aboriginal organizations and other federal departments, public consultations, reports to Parliament, strategic environmental assessments, Aboriginal issues and claims, legislative proposals and policies. Records may also include information related to completing the system of national parks.
Document Types
Plans; studies; reports; PowerPoint presentations; website content; brochures; newsletters; fact sheets; briefing notes; legal opinions; agreements; meeting minutes and summaries.
Record Number
PC HPE NP EP 002
Mineral Resources in National Parks
Description
Includes records related to the assessment of mineral and energy potential and to mining, oil and gas activities at or near proposed national parks. Records may include information on mineral and oil and gas exploration and development.
Document Types:
Reports; studies; inventories; mineral claims; exploration licenses.
Record Number
PC HPE NP MR 001
1.1.2 National Marine Conservation Area Establishment

This program aims to establish at least one national marine conservation area in each of Canada's 29 marine regions, in accordance with the National Marine Conservation Areas System Plan. The expansion and completion of the system will protect and conserve representative examples of the diversity of Canada's oceans and Great Lakes, and provide opportunities for Canadians to experience, understand and appreciate these places. Five steps are involved in the process to establish a national marine conservation area: identify areas representative of a marine region; select an optimum national marine conservation area candidate from the list of representative areas; assess the feasibility of establishing the proposed marine conservation area through studies and consultations, including the development of an interim management plan; negotiate new national marine conservation area agreements, including any that may be required with Indigenous peoples or organizations; and formally establish the national marine conservation area in legislation.

National Marine Conservation Areas Establishment Program
Description
Includes records related to the planning and establishment of national marine conservation areas. Records may include information about system planning, identification and selection of potential national marine conservation areas, feasibility assessments of proposed national marine conservation areas, negotiations of agreements with other governments, Aboriginal organizations and federal government departments, public consultations, reports to Parliament, strategic environmental assessments, interim management plans, Aboriginal issues and claims, legislative proposals and policies. Records may also include information related to completing the system of national marine conservation areas and to planning the national network of marine protected areas by federal, provincial and territorial marine protected area agencies.
Document Types
Plans; studies; reports; PowerPoint presentations; web content; brochures; newsletters; fact sheets; briefing notes; legal opinions; agreements; meeting minutes and summaries.
Record Number
PC HPE NMC EP 001
Mineral Resources in National Marine Conservation Areas
Description
Includes records related to the assessment of mineral and energy potential and to mining, oil and gas activities at or near proposed national marine conservation areas. Records may include information on mineral and oil and gas exploration and development.
Document Types
Reports; studies; inventories; mineral claims; exploration licenses.
Record Number
PC HPE NMC MR 002
1.1.3 National Historic Site Designations

This program involves supporting the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada in the designation of places, persons, and events of national historical significance. It includes screening nominations, performing historical and archaeological research, preparing submission reports, and obtaining ministerial approval, as well as systems planning, consultation with proponents and key stakeholders, and providing information to the general public. As most nominations for designation come from the public, the participation of Canadians in the identification and commemoration of places, persons, and events of national historic significance is a key element of the program. The Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada reviews all eligible nominations and recommends subjects to the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, who makes the final decision regarding official designations. National historic sites, persons, and events reflect the determination and ingenuity of Canadians, and illustrate the richness and diversity of our nation's history.

Historical and Contemporary Technical References for National Historic Sites
Description
Technical reference documentation regarding national historic sites.
Document Types
Plans; drawings; specifications (contract, construction and manufacturing); standards and guidelines; "as-found" information; archaeological reports; feasibility studies; field notes; general information; and training packages.
Record Number
PC HPE NHS REF 001
National Historic Site Designation Programs
Description
Information on the commemoration and designation of places, sites, persons and events of national historic significance.
Document Types
Commemorative integrity statements; Directory of Federal Heritage Designations; Canadian Register of Historic Places in Canada; reports; minutes; evaluations; submissions; recommendations; National Historic Sites System Plan; policies, legislation and regulations; historical, architectural and archaeological reports; data base.
Record Number
PC HPE NHS EP 001
National Historic Sites
Description
This bank describes information about the commemoration and conservation of historic places of national and international significance, including funding and assistance programs such as the current National Historic Sites of Canada Cost-Sharing Program, and the former Commercial Heritage Properties Incentive Fund, the Historic Places Initiative, and the Historic Places Class Contribution Program. Personal information may include name, contact information, financial information, language of communication, personal views and opinions of the individual, other personal data which may be contained in the project proposal, and signature.
Class of Individuals
Owners, lessees and operators of historic sites or their representatives, and representatives of private sector businesses, provincial, territorial, and local governments, heritage stakeholder groups, Aboriginal groups and other non-profit organizations, and provincial or territorial Crown corporations that provide funding or are otherwise involved in the commemoration or conservation of Canada's historic places.
Purpose
Information is used in commemoration decisions, to maintain a register of owners and lessees of national historic sites, and to process applications for funding and assistance under related programs. Personal information is collected pursuant to the Parks Canada Agency Act.
Consistent Uses
The Canadian Register of National Historic Sites and the Directory of Federal Heritage Designations are publicly accessible on the Parks Canada website. Information may also be used for program evaluation and/or reporting purposes.
Retention and Disposal Standards
Under development
RDA Number
Under development
Related Record Number
PC HPE NHS EP 001, PC HPE OHP EP 001, PC HRC NHS CP 002, PC HRC OHP CP 001
TBS Registration
20091652
Bank Number
PC PPU 085
1.1.4 Other Heritage Places Designations

This program involves commemorating or designating federal heritage buildings, Canadian Heritage Rivers, heritage lighthouses and heritage railway stations. It also supports the nomination of World Heritage Sites in Canada which recognize natural and cultural heritage of outstanding universal value. Parks Canada works with other government departments, other levels of government and a wide range of partners to identify and recognize significant heritage places through their designation.

Other Heritage Places Designation Programs
Description
Information on the commemoration and designation of historic places of national and international significance, namely national historic sites, heritage railway stations, heritage lighthouses, federal heritage buildings, grave sites of Canadian prime ministers and cultural world heritage sites.
Document Types
Canadian Register of Historic Places in Canada; Directory of Federal Heritage Designations; Register of Federal Heritage Buildings; minutes; evaluations; reports; National Historic Sites System Plan; policies, legislation, regulations; historical, architectural and archaeological reports; inventories of federal heritage building, heritage railway stations, grave sites of Canadian prime ministers, cultural world heritage sites and of heritage lighthouses; data bases.
Record Number
PC HPE OHP EP 001
Heritage Lighthouse Program
Description
This bank describes information about the Heritage Lighthouse Program. Personal information may include name, contact information, signature, and self-identification of age (18 years or older).
Class of Individuals
Residents of Canada 18 years and older such as individuals, representatives of other levels of government or community-based groups who submit a nomination for the heritage designation of a lighthouse, as well as individuals who have signed an accompanying petition.
Purpose
Personal information is used in commemoration decisions and is collected under the authority of the Heritage Lighthouse Protection Act.
Consistent Uses
Name, contact information and signature may be shared with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada. Information may also be used for program evaluation and/or reporting purposes.
Retention and Disposal Standards
Under development
RDA Number
Under development
Related Record Number
PC HPE OHP EP 001, PC HRC OHP CP 001
TBS Registration
20100275
Bank Number
PC PPU 052
National Historic Sites
Description
This bank describes information about the commemoration and conservation of historic places of national and international significance, including funding and assistance programs such as the current National Historic Sites of Canada Cost-Sharing Program, and the former Commercial Heritage Properties Incentive Fund, the Historic Places Initiative, and the Historic Places Class Contribution Program. Personal information may include name, contact information, financial information, language of communication, personal views and opinions of the individual, other personal data which may be contained in the project proposal, and signature.
Class of Individuals
Owners, lessees and operators of historic sites or their representatives, and representatives of private sector businesses, provincial, territorial, and local governments, heritage stakeholder groups, Aboriginal groups and other non-profit organizations, and provincial or territorial Crown corporations that provide funding or are otherwise involved in the commemoration or conservation of Canada's historic places.
Purpose
Information is used in commemoration decisions, to maintain a register of owners and lessees of national historic sites, and to process applications for funding and assistance under related programs. Personal information is collected pursuant to the Parks Canada Agency Act.
Consistent Uses
The Canadian Register of National Historic Sites and the Directory of Federal Heritage Designations are publicly accessible on the Parks Canada website. Information may also be used for program evaluation and/or reporting purposes.
Retention and Disposal Standards
Under development
RDA Number
Under development
Related Record Number
PC HPE NHS EP 001, PC HPE OHP EP 001, PC HRC NHS CP 002, PC HRC OHP CP 001
TBS Registration
20091652
Bank Number
PC PPU 085

PA-1.2 Heritage Places Conservation

This program aims to protect and conserve the natural and cultural resources of all heritage places managed by Parks Canada, as well as the agricultural resources in the national urban park; and to fulfill responsibilities assigned to Parks Canada or mandated through federal legislation. Protection and conservation activities in a national urban park, national parks, national marine conservation areas, heritage canals and Parks Canada-administered national historic sites ensure that these heritage places are maintained and used in ways that leave them unimpaired for the benefit and enjoyment of present and future generations.

1.2.1 National Parks Conservation

This program aims to maintain or restore ecological integrity in national parks through protection, conservation, restoration or mitigation activities, as mandated under the Canada National Parks Act. To implement this program, Parks Canada carries out applied science, monitoring and reporting, active management, ecological restoration, species recovery, environmental impact assessment, fire management and compliance activities. Some of these activities are done in collaboration with the general public, stakeholders, partners, local and Indigenous communities. This program also includes fulfilling legal responsibilities assigned to Parks Canada by the Species at Risk Act and the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act.

Cultural Resource Management
Description
Information on cultural resource management in national parks, including heritage buildings and archaeology.
Class of Individuals
Reports and studies; policies, regulations, guidelines and standards of practice; ecological monitoring and reporting guidelines; reports data resulting from ecological monitoring programs
Purpose
PC HRC NP CRM 007
Research and Collection Permit System
Description
The Research and Collection Permit System is an online system for the administration and management of research application, permitting, tracking, storage and reporting in national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas that enables all research to be conducted under standardized and harmonized rules, regulations and procedures, and facilitates storage of research information in a single multidisciplinary database.
Class of Individuals
Natural and Social Science, and Archaeological researchers who require permits to conduct research in Parks Canada's heritage areas.
Purpose
To ensure that research and collection activities are conducted under nationally consistent guidelines and procedures, by qualified people, using methods that are scientifically sound and which comply with applicable legislation, policies and corporate priorities.
Consistent Uses
None
Retention and Disposal Standards
Under development
RDA Number
72/010
Related Record Number
PC HRC NP CRM 007, PC HRC UP CM 003, PC HRC NMC CM 002, PC HRC NHS RM 005
TBS Registration
001749
Bank Number
PC PPU 061
Environmental Assessment
Description
Information related to the implementation of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, the Mackenzie Valley Resource Management Act, the Yukon Environmental and Socioeconomic Assessment Act, Bill C-25 (draft Nunavut Planning and Project Assessment Act), the Cabinet Directive on Environmental Assessment of Policy, Plan and Program Proposals, applicable components of the Inuvialuit Final Agreement and the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement, and Parks Canada policy on environmental assessment.
Document Types
Project-level screenings; strategic environmental assessments and comprehensive studies; policies (including directives, guidelines, operational procedures); reports and analyses related to natural and cultural resources; briefing notes; public statements and notices of decision; web content; training documents; and monitoring reports.
Record Number
PC HRC NP EA 001
Fire Management
Description
Information on wildfire management in national parks and historic sites including, weather, fire ecology, wildfire management, prescribed fire and fuel management, policy and standards for the management of fires.
Document Types
Policy and standard documents; prescribed fire and fuel management plans; planning and reports documents related to wildfires and prescribed fires; real-time situational information on fire weather, danger and management actions; annual reviews and reports on individual and program fire activities; scientific reports related to fire management.
Record Number
PC HRC NP FM 002
National Park Resource Protection and Law Enforcement
Description
Information on law enforcement activities focused on the protection provisions of the Canada National Parks Act and its regulations and other complementary legislation such as the Species at Risk Act in national parks and town sites for the purpose of protection and conservation of natural and cultural resources.
Document Types
Correspondence; reports; internal service delivery agreements; memoranda of understanding with partner agencies; operational policy documents; and operational guidelines.
Record Number
PC HRC NP PLE 003
National Parks Conservation - Engineering and Architectural Projects
Description
Information on engineering and architectural projects carried out for the conservation of national parks, including planning, design, construction, operation, maintenance, equipment, services, utilities, facilities, claims and evaluation.
Document Types
Project authorization forms; project briefs; design data; cost estimates; management reports; and project schedules.
Record Number
PC HRC NP EAP 004
Natural Resource Management
Description
Information on environmental protection in national parks, including botany, ecology, wildlife, forestry management, climate change, ecological restoration, pollution of air, land and water.
Document Types
Reports and studies; policies, regulations, guidelines, standards of practice; ecological monitoring and reporting guidelines; and reports data resulting from ecological monitoring programs; video and still photography.
Record Number
PC HRC NP NRM 005
Species At Risk
Description
Information related to the implementation and enforcement of the Species at Risk Act.
Document Types
Reports and studies related to species at risk and their habitats; policies, regulations, directives (guiding principles), standards and templates; operational procedures; recovery strategies; action plans; species status assessments produced by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC); habitat maps; spatial analyses; video and still photography.
Record Number
PC HRC NP SAR 006
1.2.2 National Urban Park Conservation

This program aims to protect the natural and cultural heritage of diverse landscapes at the national urban park as mandated under federal legislation. It includes conserving natural and cultural resources, protecting or recovering species at risk, promoting a vibrant farming community and sustainable farming practices and engaging people from local communities and across Canada in conservation. To implement this program, Parks Canada carries out applied science, monitoring and reporting, active management, ecological restoration, cultural resource preservation, restoration and rehabilitation, species recovery, environmental impact assessment, fire management, archaeology and compliance activities, most of which is done in collaboration with the general public, stakeholders, partners, local and Indigenous communities. This program also includes fulfilling legal responsibilities assigned to Parks Canada by the Species at Risk Act and the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act.

National Urban Park Conservation Program
Description
Includes records related to the planning and establishment of national urban park conservation areas. Records may include information about planning, identification and selection of potential national urban park conservation areas, feasibility assessments of proposed urban park conservation areas, negotiations of agreements with other governments, Aboriginal organizations and federal government departments, public consultations, reports to Parliament, strategic environmental assessments, interim management plans, Aboriginal issues and claims, legislative proposals and policies.
Document Types
Plans; studies; reports; PowerPoint presentations; web content; brochures; newsletters; fact sheets; briefing notes; legal opinions; agreements; meeting minutes and summaries.
Record Number
PC HRC UP CP 001
National Urban Park Protection and Law Enforcement
Description
Information on law enforcement activities focused on the protection provisions of the Canada National Parks Act and its regulations and other complementary legislation such as the Species at Risk Act in national urban park for the purpose of protection and conservation of natural and cultural resources.
Document Types
Correspondence; reports; internal service delivery agreements; memoranda of understanding with partner agencies; operational policy documents; and operational guidelines.
Record Number
PC HRC UP PLE 002
National Urban Park Conservation Areas Management
Description
Includes records related to the administration, management and control of national urban park conservation areas. Records may include information on management planning, zoning, monitoring and reporting, human uses, governance, research, monitoring, Aboriginal issues, cooperative management, public consultations.
Document Types
Plans, studies; surveys; inventories; statistics; reports; consultation records; meeting minutes/summaries; brochures; newsletters; fact sheets; web content; PowerPoint presentations; briefing notes; leases; licenses and permits; agreements.
Record Number
PC HRC UP CM 003
Research and Collection Permit System
Description
The Research and Collection Permit System is an online system for the administration and management of research application, permitting, tracking, storage and reporting in national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas that enables all research to be conducted under standardized and harmonized rules, regulations and procedures, and facilitates storage of research information in a single multidisciplinary database.
Class of Individuals
Natural and Social Science, and Archaeological researchers who require permits to conduct research in Parks Canada's heritage areas.
Purpose
To ensure that research and collection activities are conducted under nationally consistent guidelines and procedures, by qualified people, using methods that are scientifically sound and which comply with applicable legislation, policies and corporate priorities.
Consistent Uses
None
Retention and Disposal Standards
Under development
RDA Number
72/010
Related Record Number
PC HRC NP CRM 007, PC HRC UP CM 003, PC HRC NMC CM 002, PC HRC NHS RM 005
TBS Registration
001749
Bank Number
PC PPU 061
National Urban Park Conservation Areas Resource Management
Description
Includes records related to natural and cultural heritage protection in national urban park conservation areas. Records may include information on biology and ecology, species presence and location, rare and endangered species, invasive species, research and monitoring, climate change, ecological restoration, pollution of air, land and water, as well as cultural resources.
Document Types
Reports; studies; inventories; surveys; policies, regulations and guidelines; standards of practice; licenses and permits.
Record Number
PC HRC UP RM OO4
1.2.3 National Marine Area Conservation

This program aims to protect and conserve national marine conservation areas by ensuring that they are managed and used in an ecologically sustainable manner for the lasting benefit of Canadians and coastal communities without compromising the structure and function of the ecosystems with which they are associated as mandated under the Canada National Marine Conservation Areas Act. This program also includes fulfilling legal responsibilities assigned to Parks Canada under the Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park Act, the Species at Risk Act, and the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act. To implement this program, Parks Canada carries out applied science, monitoring and reporting, management of marine resource uses, ecological restoration, active management, species recovery, and environmental impact assessment and compliance activities. Some of these activities are undertaken in collaboration with other federal or provincial authorities, the general public, stakeholders, partners, local and Indigenous communities.

National Marine Conservation Area Resource Protection and Law Enforcement
Description
Information on law enforcement activities focused on the conservation provisions of the Canada National Marine Conservation Areas Act and other complementary legislation such as the Species at Risk Act in national marine conservation areas, for the purpose of protecting natural and cultural resources.
Document Types
Correspondence; reports; internal service delivery agreements; memoranda of understanding with partner agencies; operational policy documents; and operational guidelines.
Record Number
PC HRC NMC PLE 001
National Marine Conservation Areas Management
Description
Includes records related to the administration, management and control of national marine conservation areas. Records may include information on management planning, zoning, monitoring and reporting, human uses, governance, research, monitoring, Aboriginal issues, cooperative management, public consultations.
Document Types
Plans, studies; surveys; inventories; statistics; reports; consultation records; meeting minutes/summaries; brochures; newsletters; fact sheets; web content; PowerPoint presentations; briefing notes; leases; licenses and permits; agreements.
Record Number
PC HRC NMC CM 002
High Risk Activities
Description
This bank contains information on persons involved in activities that have been assessed as having a higher level of risk, defines location, activity, number in group, etc. Personal information may include name, contact information, date of birth, license plate number, medical information, in some cases individuals' level of experience in activity is also collected.
Class of Individuals
Parks Canada visitors
Purpose
To provide a record of visitors in case of overdue registration.
Consistent Uses
Provides up-to-date information on use, locations, frequency, accidents, lost, or missing persons.
Retention and Disposal Standards
Under development
RDA Number
78/001
Related Record Number
PC HRC NMC CM 002, PC VE NP VPR 009
TBS Registration
001753
Bank Number
PC PPU 069
Research and Collection Permit System
Description
The Research and Collection Permit System is an online system for the administration and management of research application, permitting, tracking, storage and reporting in national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas that enables all research to be conducted under standardized and harmonized rules, regulations and procedures, and facilitates storage of research information in a single multidisciplinary database.
Class of Individuals
Natural and Social Science, and Archaeological researchers who require permits to conduct research in Parks Canada's heritage areas.
Purpose
To ensure that research and collection activities are conducted under nationally consistent guidelines and procedures, by qualified people, using methods that are scientifically sound and which comply with applicable legislation, policies and corporate priorities.
Consistent Uses
None
Retention and Disposal Standards
Under development
RDA Number
72/010
Related Record Number
PC HRC NP CRM 007, PC HRC UP CM 003, PC HRC NMC CM 002, PC HRC NHS RM 005
TBS Registration
001749
Bank Number
PC PPU 061
National Marine Conservation Areas Resource Management
Description
Includes records related to natural and cultural heritage protection in national marine conservation areas. Records may include information on biology and ecology, species presence and location, rare and endangered species, invasive species, research and monitoring, fishing and harvesting, shipping routes, climate change, ecological restoration, pollution of air, land and water, as well as cultural resources (such as shipwrecks).
Document Types
Reports; studies; inventories; surveys; policies, regulations and guidelines; standards of practice; licenses and permits.
Record Number
PC HRC NMC RM 003
1.2.4 National Historic Site Conservation

This program aims to ensure the commemorative integrity of national historic sites, including heritage canals on Parks Canada lands. This program includes the evaluation of resources including buildings and engineering works, archaeological sites, landscapes, and historical and archaeological objects to determine their heritage value. The heritage value of resources is considered in all decisions affecting cultural resources, such as buildings and engineering works. This includes setting priorities for their management, monitoring their condition and assessing impacts of interventions. Key activities reflect the management regime for Parks Canada administered national historic sites such as the preparation of commemorative integrity statements for national historic sites, commemorative integrity assessments, compliance activities, monitoring and conservation actions to maintain the condition of cultural resources. This program also includes fulfilling legal responsibilities assigned to Parks Canada by the Species at Risk Act and the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act.

National Historic Site Conservation Programs
Description
Information on the conservation of commemorative integrity of national historic sites on Parks Canada lands.
Document Types
Commemorative integrity statements; evaluations; policies, legislation and regulations; Canadian Register of Historic Places in Canada; Directory of Federal Heritage Designations; standards and guidelines; historical, architectural and archaeological reports; training materials; data bases; management plans.
Record Number
PC HRC NHS CP 002
National Historic Sites
Description
This bank describes information about the commemoration and conservation of historic places of national and international significance, including funding and assistance programs such as the current National Historic Sites of Canada Cost-Sharing Program, and the former Commercial Heritage Properties Incentive Fund, the Historic Places Initiative, and the Historic Places Class Contribution Program. Personal information may include name, contact information, financial information, language of communication, personal views and opinions of the individual, other personal data which may be contained in the project proposal, and signature.
Class of Individuals
Owners, lessees and operators of historic sites or their representatives, and representatives of private sector businesses, provincial, territorial, and local governments, heritage stakeholder groups, Aboriginal groups and other non-profit organizations, and provincial or territorial Crown corporations that provide funding or are otherwise involved in the commemoration or conservation of Canada's historic places.
Purpose
Information is used in commemoration decisions, to maintain a register of owners and lessees of national historic sites, and to process applications for funding and assistance under related programs. Personal information is collected pursuant to the Parks Canada Agency Act.
Consistent Uses
The Canadian Register of National Historic Sites and the Directory of Federal Heritage Designations are publicly accessible on the Parks Canada website. Information may also be used for program evaluation and/or reporting purposes.
Retention and Disposal Standards
Under development
RDA Number
Under development
Related Record Number
PC HPE NHS EP 001, PC HPE OHP EP 001, PC HRC NHS CP 002, PC HRC OHP CP 001
TBS Registration
20091652
Bank Number
PC PPU 085
National Historic Sites Conservation - Engineering and Architectural Projects
Description
Information on engineering and architectural projects carried out for the conservation of Parks Canada's national historic sites, including planning, design, construction, operation, maintenance, equipment, services, utilities, facilities, claims and evaluation.
Document Types
Project authorization forms; project briefs; design data; cost estimates; management reports; and project schedules.
Record Number
PC HRC NHS EAP 003
National Historic Sites Conservation - Environmental Protection
Description
Information on environmental protection in national historic sites, including pollution of air, land and water, as well as regulations, studies and reports concerning environmental protection.
Document Types
Correspondence and reports on environmental protection; documents on pollution and pollutants; regulations; reports and official minutes; surveys; and studies.
Record Number
PC HRC NHS EP 004
National Historic Sites Conservation - Resource Management
Description
Includes records related to natural and cultural resources protection in national historic sites.
Document Types
Reports; archaeological reports; studies; inventories; surveys; policies, regulations and guidelines; standards of practice; licenses and permits.
Record Number
PC HRC NHS RM 005
Research and Collection Permit System
Description
The Research and Collection Permit System is an online system for the administration and management of research application, permitting, tracking, storage and reporting in national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas that enables all research to be conducted under standardized and harmonized rules, regulations and procedures, and facilitates storage of research information in a single multidisciplinary database.
Class of Individuals
Natural and Social Science, and Archaeological researchers who require permits to conduct research in Parks Canada's heritage areas.
Purpose
To ensure that research and collection activities are conducted under nationally consistent guidelines and procedures, by qualified people, using methods that are scientifically sound and which comply with applicable legislation, policies and corporate priorities.
Consistent Uses
None
Retention and Disposal Standards
Under development
RDA Number
72/010
Related Record Number
PC HRC NP CRM 007, PC HRC UP CM 003, PC HRC NMC CM 002, PC HRC NHS RM 005
TBS Registration
001749
Bank Number
PC PPU 061
National Historic Sites Conservation - Water Resources
Description
Information on water levels, water rights, hydro power development, hydrometric networks and use of water resources in national historic sites.
Document Types
Hydrological surveys; regulations; reports; surveys; and studies.
Record Number
PC HRC NHS WR 006
National Historic Sites Resource Protection and Law Enforcement
Description
Information on law enforcement activities focused on the protection provisions of the Canada National Parks Act and its regulations and other complementary legislation such as the Species at Risk Act as they relate to protecting cultural and natural resources of national historic sites on Parks Canada land.
Document Types
Correspondence; reports; internal service delivery agreements; memoranda of understanding with partner agencies; operational policy documents; and operational guidelines.
Record Number
PC HRC NHS PLE 001
1.2.5 Other Heritage Places Conservation

This program provides support for national historic sites not administered by Parks Canada, Heritage Lighthouses administered by Parks Canada and the Gravesites of Canadian Prime Ministers; and provides conservation advice on other protected heritage areas (Federal Heritage Buildings, Heritage Railway Stations, other Heritage Lighthouses, and Canadian Heritage Rivers). Parks Canada aims to ensure that nationally significant heritage value is protected and known and that Canada's examples of nationally or internationally significant natural and cultural heritage are safeguarded so that they can be experienced by current and future generations. Parks Canada has responsibilities for the protection and conservation of 12 of the 17 World Heritage Sites in Canada, and the Agency's involvement in World Heritage is governed by an international convention to which Canada is a signatory. Parks Canada's National Historic Sites Cost-Sharing Program is used to provide contribution funding to non-federally owned national historic sites to support their conservation. Parks Canada provides an annual grant in support of the International Peace Garden, on the borders of North Dakota and Manitoba, as a memorial to peace between Canada and the United States.

Other Heritage Places Conservation Programs
Description
Information on the conservation of historic places of national and international significance, namely national historic sites, heritage railway stations, heritage lighthouses, federal heritage buildings, grave sites of Canadian prime ministers, archaeological sites on federal lands and world heritage sites.
Document Types
Canadian Register of Historic Places in Canada; Directory of Federal Heritage Designations; Register of Federal Heritage Buildings; standards and guidelines for the conservation of historic places in Canada; correspondence; policies, legislation and regulations; contribution agreements; evaluations; reports; data bases; publications; historical, architectural and archaeological research reports; inventories of federal heritage buildings, heritage railway stations, grave sites of Canadian prime ministers, cultural world heritage sites and heritage lighthouses.
Record Number
PC HRC OHP CP 001
Heritage Lighthouse Program
Description
This bank describes information about the Heritage Lighthouse Program. Personal information may include name, contact information, signature, and self-identification of age (18 years or older).
Class of Individuals
Residents of Canada 18 years and older such as individuals, representatives of other levels of government or community-based groups who submit a nomination for the heritage designation of a lighthouse, as well as individuals who have signed an accompanying petition.
Purpose
Personal information is used in commemoration decisions and is collected under the authority of the Heritage Lighthouse Protection Act.
Consistent Uses
Name, contact information and signature may be shared with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada. Information may also be used for program evaluation and/or reporting purposes.
Retention and Disposal Standards
Under development
RDA Number
Under development
Related Record Number
PC HPE OHP EP 001, PC HRC OHP CP 001
TBS Registration
20100275
Bank Number
PC PPU 052
National Historic Sites
Description
This bank describes information about the commemoration and conservation of historic places of national and international significance, including funding and assistance programs such as the current National Historic Sites of Canada Cost-Sharing Program, and the former Commercial Heritage Properties Incentive Fund, the Historic Places Initiative, and the Historic Places Class Contribution Program. Personal information may include name, contact information, financial information, language of communication, personal views and opinions of the individual, other personal data which may be contained in the project proposal, and signature.
Class of Individuals
Owners, lessees and operators of historic sites or their representatives, and representatives of private sector businesses, provincial, territorial, and local governments, heritage stakeholder groups, Aboriginal groups and other non-profit organizations, and provincial or territorial Crown corporations that provide funding or are otherwise involved in the commemoration or conservation of Canada's historic places.
Purpose
Information is used in commemoration decisions, to maintain a register of owners and lessees of national historic sites, and to process applications for funding and assistance under related programs. Personal information is collected pursuant to the Parks Canada Agency Act.
Consistent Uses
The Canadian Register of National Historic Sites and the Directory of Federal Heritage Designations are publicly accessible on the Parks Canada website. Information may also be used for program evaluation and/or reporting purposes.
Retention and Disposal Standards
Under development
RDA Number
Under development
Related Record Number
PC HPE NHS EP 001, PC HPE OHP EP 001, PC HRC NHS CP 002, PC HRC OHP CP 001
TBS Registration
20091652
Bank Number
PC PPU 085
Other Heritage Places Conservation Protection and Law Enforcement
Description
Information on law enforcement activities in other historic sites focused on the conservation provisions in the Species at Risk Act for the purpose of protecting natural and cultural resources.
Document Types
Correspondence; reports; internal service delivery agreements; memoranda of understanding with partner agencies; operational policy documents; and operational guidelines.
Record Number
PC HRC OHP PLE 002
Other Heritage Places Conservation - Engineering and Architectural Projects
Description
Information on engineering and architectural projects carried out for the conservation of other heritage places, including planning, design, construction, operation, maintenance, equipment, services, utilities, facilities; claims and evaluation.
Document Types
Project authorization forms; project briefs; design data; cost estimates; management reports; and project schedules.
Record Number
PC HRC OHP EAP 003
Other Historic Sites Conservation - Environmental Protection
Description
Information on environmental protection in other historic sites, including pollution of air, land and water, as well as regulations, studies and reports concerning environmental protection.
Document Types
Correspondence and reports on environmental protection; documents on pollution and pollutants; regulations; reports and official minutes; surveys; studies.
Record Number
PC HRC OHP EP 004

PA-1.3 Heritage Places Promotion and Public Support

This program aims to nurture a sense of pride in and support for Parks Canada-administered places by increasing Canadians' awareness, appreciation of their value and the various ways to experience them. This is achieved through relevant and effective heritage places promotion initiatives delivered to Canadians, reaching them in their daily lives. Some of these promotion activities are done in collaboration with stakeholders and partners to reach and engage more Canadians.

1.3.1 Heritage Places Promotion

Heritage places promotion aims to help Canadians become aware of the places Parks Canada administers, their natural and historical heritage, and the work carried out to protect and present them. Targeted initiatives are responsive and relevant to audiences' needs and interests and are informed by social science research. A wide range of interactive and learning experiences including music, art and film initiatives are offered at venues such as festivals, sporting events, museums, zoos and aquariums in major urban areas. The reach and relevance of these initiatives are enhanced through collaboration with stakeholders and partners and by maximizing positive coverage through broadcast news, mass, specialized and social media.

Outreach Products and Initiatives
Description
Information pertaining to products and initiatives developed to reach Canadians, in a variety of settings, to facilitate opportunities to learn and appreciate Parks Canada's administered places.
Document Types
Films; broadcasts; mobile applications; social networking site entries; brochures; booklets; factsheets; interpretation panels; exhibits; photos; reports; databases; guidelines; web pages; policies; inventories; research; and newsletters.
Record Number
PC PAU EEC 001
Visitor Experience Research
Description
Information related to understanding visitor trends and the social characteristics and behaviour of people who visit Parks Canada's places, contact Parks Canada, or use our facilities and services, so Parks Canada can continue to attract them, engage and connect with them, and maintain their support.
Document Types
Visitor studies; surveys and related datasets and reports; program evaluation studies (feedback cards, surveys, focus group reports) and related analysis and reports; market and tourism statistics; ad and media campaign evaluations; postal code collection forms and analysis; monthly attendance statistics related reports and main database; Explorer Quotient (traveler type) analysis reports; public opinion research plans.
Record Number
PC PPS HPP VER 001
Visitor Promotion
Description
Information related to the promotion of Parks Canada and the opportunities available at national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas.
Document Types
Marketing plans for field units, national parks and national historic sites; advertising policies, instructions, plans, requests and approvals; partnering agreements for events and initiatives; policies, standards and guidelines related to the application of the Parks Canada brand; plans and results of travel media relations activities; fee-related consultations; plans; programs; and the Canada Gazette.
Record Number
PC PPS HPP VP 002
1.3.2 Partnering and Participation

This program encourages the participation of partners and stakeholders and leads to new or expanded opportunities for Canadians to discover and develop a sense of connection to their protected heritage places. Partnering arrangements advance shared or complementary goals and objectives, and result in a wide range of collaborative activities including program delivery, promotional campaigns, contests, scientific and academic research, learning tools and new products. Partners include private sector organizations as well as other government departments, NGOs, academic institutions, and Indigenous peoples, who in a number of places co-manage national heritage places. Stakeholders engage with Parks Canada through a wide variety of activities such as the Minister's Round Table, formal and informal consultation processes, and the National Volunteer Program. Stakeholders include individuals, groups and organizations that have an interest in Parks Canada and ensure that Canadians' needs and priorities are clearly expressed and inform Parks Canada's actions and direction.

Stakeholder and Partner Engagement
Description
Documents and tools used to engage stakeholders and partners, including volunteers; the latter are considered privileged stakeholders.
Document Types
Policies; reports; guidelines; bulletins; newspapers; presentations; memoranda of understanding; park impact benefit agreements; terms of reference; orders in council; forms; public service announcements; surveys; user guides; and due diligence tools.
Record Number
PC PAU SPE 002
National Volunteer Program
Description
This bank describes information that is about individuals, groups or organizations who volunteer in a variety of activities at the various national parks, national historic sites, national marine conservation areas, field units, service centres and national office of Parks Canada across Canada. The personal information may include name, contact information, biographical information, criminal checks/history, educational information, medical information and signature.
Class of Individuals
General public
Purpose
The personal information is used to administer the National Volunteer Program, establish an inventory of individuals, groups or organizations able to participate in various volunteer activities and obtain views and opinions on the efficiency and success of the National Volunteer Program. Personal information is collected pursuant to the Parks Canada Agency Act, S. C. 1998, c. 31, Sections 5(2), 6(1) and 8, the Canada National Marine Conservation Act, S. C. 2002, c. 18 and the Canada National Parks Act, S. C. 2000, c. 32.
Consistent Uses
The information may be used or disclosed for the following purposes: reporting to senior management and evaluation. Information may be shared with Insurance Broker provider in case of an incident. This will be with the consent of the individual. Information is used or disclosed for mailing list purposes.
Retention and Disposal Standards
Under development
RDA Number
Under development
Related Record Number
PC PAU SPE 002
TBS Registration
20120059
Bank Number
PC PPU 081

PA-1.4 Visitor Experience

This program fosters opportunities for Canadians and international visitors to discover, experience, enjoy and develop a sense of personal connection to Canada's national urban park, national parks, national historic sites administered by Parks Canada, national marine conservation areas, and heritage canals. This program includes a range of activities, services and products associated with pre-visit planning, the on-site visit, and post-visit communications. It includes tourism marketing, trip planning information, reception, orientation, interpretation, recreational activities, special events, merchandise, compliance, visitor safety services, and visitor facilities. The program is supported by market and visitor analytics, trend analysis, and performance measurement.

1.4.1 National Park Visitor Experience
National Park Interpretive Products
Description
Information related to the various products available to national park visitors so that they may experience and understand the significance of the place to Canadians including the presentation of authentic Aboriginal culture experiences and economic business opportunities.
Document Types
Interpretive work plans for national parks; national park interpreter certification and competency documents, Parks Canada visitor opportunities database; VIA Rail Ocean Route onboard interpretation program description and guidelines; Parks Canada Xplorers Program instructions and guidelines.
Record Number
PC VE NP IP 001
National Parks Facilitation of Visitor Experience through Prevention and Law Enforcement
Description
Information on prevention and law enforcement activities in national parks focused on the visitor experience provisions of the Canada National Parks Act and its regulations and the Criminal Code and other complementary legislation for the purpose of protecting the quality of the visitor experience in parks.
Document Types
Correspondence; reports; internal service delivery agreements; memoranda of understanding with partner agencies; operational policy documents; and operational guidelines.
Record Number
PC VE NP PLE 005
National Parks Visitor Facilities and Activities
Description
Information on the various facility and activity offers available or potentially available at Canadian national parks to encourage visitor discovery and enjoyment.
Document Types
National and local assessment results; guidelines; national park activities; services and events database; Leave-No-Trace guidelines; partnering agreements; event permits; trail, signage and accessibility guidelines.
Record Number
PC VE NP FA 006
Resource Use Permits
Description
The bank identifies resource use and harvest activities permitted under regulation. Personal information may include name, contact information, date of birth and signature.
Class of Individuals
Visitors, researchers and residents.
Purpose
To identify the permit holders using park resources, and set restrictions. Examples include hunting, wood cutting and grazing.
Consistent Uses
Monitor and control activities, compile statistics, survey use, and plan future changes.
Retention and Disposal Standards
Under development
RDA Number
78/001
Related Record Number
PC VE NP FA 006, PC VE NP VPR 009, PC VE UP FA 002, PC VE NMC FA 002, PC VE NHS FA 002, PC VE HC FA 002
TBS Registration
001754
Bank Number
PC PPU 071
National Parks Visitor Management
Description
Information regarding Parks Canada's service commitment to national park visitors, partners and colleagues, allowing the Agency to provide information and exceptional service to visitors to help promote memorable experiences.
Document Types
Service standards for national park visitors; reports and backgrounders that contributed to the development of the standards; service delivery targets; information brochures; inventories; detailed descriptions of national park campgrounds, facilities and offers; operational guidelines; quality visitor service guidelines; best-practice templates; Canadian school mailing addresses; event calendars; awards and honours; historical performance data and forecasting estimates; monthly attendance data for national parks; daily/monthly campground utilization at national parks.
Record Number
PC VE NP VM 007
National Parks Visitor Safety
Description
Information related to the fostering of a culture respect, self-reliance and safety among visitors to national parks, to help prevent incidents from occurring and to help solve problems before they escalate and require search and rescue measures.
Document Types
Visitor safety program evaluations; national visitor safety management strategy; stakeholder communications; visitor risk management strategies; disclaimers of liability guidelines; occurrence tracking system (now referred to as the Incident and Event Management System) used in national parks to record data on search and rescue incidents.
Record Number
PC VE NP VS 008
National Parks Visitor Permits and Registrations
Description
Information related to regulated activities within national park boundaries, related to visitor discovery and enjoyment of national parks.
Document Types
Permits; inventories; descriptions; and guidelines.
Record Number
PC VE NP VPR 009
Backcountry Use Permits
Description
The bank contains information used to identify persons, vehicles and missing persons. Personal information may include name, contact information, date of birth, license plate number, and signature.
Class of Individuals
National parks visitors
Purpose
To provide records for monitoring Park use and identifying vehicles left at trail heads or roadsides in emergency cases such as missing persons or bear problems; to control backcountry sites and facilities; to protect visitors.
Consistent Uses
Provides an analysis of use of the backcountry, statistics, planning and rehabilitation.
Retention and Disposal Standards
Under development
RDA Number
78/001
Related Record Number
PC VE NP VPR 009
TBS Registration
001751
Bank Number
PC PPU 067
Campground Registration
Description
The bank contains listings of campgrounds and campers. Personal information may include name, contact information, license plate number and language preference.
Class of Individuals
Campers
Purpose
To control campground allocation, and provide revenue accountability, statistics, future planning and aid to visitors.
Consistent Uses
Statistics, revenue, maintenance decisions and future planning.
Retention and Disposal Standards
All personal information collected is purged from the database 31 days after the camping event has ended.
RDA Number
72/010
Related Record Number
PC VE NP VPR 009
TBS Registration
001752
Bank Number
PC PPU 068
Fishing Licenses
Description
This bank identifies license holders. Personal information may include name, contact information, date of birth, vehicle information (vehicle type and make/model, license plate number), physical attributes, and emergency contact information (name and contact information).
Class of Individuals
National parks visitors (fishermen)
Purpose
Information in this bank relates to the issuing of fishing licenses. It is used to identify license holders, to control the number of individuals fishing in the park, to restrict fishing to authorized areas, to support fish management, and to ensure revenue accountability.
Consistent Uses
Control use, set limits, set seasons, statistical purposes and creel census and surveys.
Retention and Disposal Standards
Under development
RDA Number
78/001
Related Record Number
PC VE NP VPR 009
TBS Registration
001745
Bank Number
PC PPU 051
High Risk Activities
Description
The bank contains information on persons involved in activities that have been assessed as having a higher level of risk, defines location, activity, number in group, etc. Personal information may include name, contact information, date of birth, license plate number, medical information, in some cases individuals' level of experience in activity is also collected.
Class of Individuals
Parks Canada visitors
Purpose
To provide a record of visitors in case of overdue registration
Consistent Uses
Provides up-to-date information on use, locations, frequency, accidents, lost, or missing persons.
Retention and Disposal Standards
Under development
RDA Number
78/001
Related Record Number
PC HRC NMC CM 002, PC VE NP VPR 009
TBS Registration
001753
Bank Number
PC PPU 069
Hut Permits
Description
The bank contains information used to identify permit holders and verify reservations. Personal information may include name and contact information.
Class of Individuals
Parks visitors
Purpose
To maintain information relating to use, periods of stay, numbers of visitors and length of season.
Consistent Uses
To support decisions for maintenance, monitor and control use, and ensure the safety of visitors.
Retention and Disposal Standards
Under development
RDA Number
78/001
Related Record Number
PC VE NP VPR 009
TBS Registration
001750
Bank Number
PC PPU 066
Resource Use Permits
Description
The bank identifies resource use and harvest activities permitted under regulation. Personal information may include name, contact information, date of birth and signature.
Class of Individuals
Visitors, researchers and residents
Purpose
To identify the permit holders using park resources, and set restrictions. Examples include hunting, wood cutting and grazing.
Consistent Uses
Monitor and control activities, compile statistics, survey use, and plan future changes.
Retention and Disposal Standards
Under development
RDA Number
78/001
Related Record Number
PC VE NP FA 006, PC VE NP VPR 009, PC VE UP FA 002, PC VE NMC FA 002, PC VE NHS FA 002, PC VE HC FA 002
TBS Registration
001754
Bank Number
PC PPU 071
1.4.2 National Urban Park Visitor Experience

This program fosters opportunities for Canadians and international visitors to discover, experience, enjoy and develop a sense of personal connection to Canada's national urban park. This program includes a range of activities, services, and products associated with pre-visit planning, the on-site visit, and post-visit communications. It includes tourism marketing, trip planning information, reception, orientation, interpretation (e.g., guided walks, presentations, exhibits, audio-visual material, technology tools), recreational activities, special events, merchandise, compliance, visitor safety services, and visitor facilities (e.g., visitor reception centres, campgrounds, trails). The program is supported by market and visitor analytics, trend analysis, and performance measurement.

National Urban Park Facilitation of Visitor Experience through Prevention and Law Enforcement
Description
Information on prevention and law enforcement activities in national urban park focused on the visitor experience provisions of the Canada National Parks Act and its regulations and the Criminal Code and other complementary legislation for the purpose of protecting the quality of the visitor experience in urban park.
Document Types
Correspondence; reports; internal service delivery agreements; memoranda of understanding with partner agencies; operational policy documents; and operational guidelines.
Record Number
PC VE UP PLE 001
National Urban Park Facilities and Activities
Description
Information on the various facility and activity offers available or potentially available at Canadian national urban park to encourage visitor discovery and enjoyment.
Document Types
National and local assessment results; guidelines; national urban park activities; services and events database; Leave-No-Trace guidelines; partnering agreements; event permits; trail, signage and accessibility guidelines.
Record Number
PC VE UP FA 002
Resource Use Permits
Description
The bank identifies resource use and harvest activities permitted under regulation. Personal information may include name, contact information, date of birth and signature.
Class of Individuals
Visitors, researchers and residents
Purpose
To identify the permit holders using park resources, and set restrictions. Examples include hunting, wood cutting and grazing.
Consistent Uses
Monitor and control activities, compile statistics, survey use, and plan future changes.
Retention and Disposal Standards
Under development
RDA Number
78/001
Related Record Number
PC VE NP FA 006, PC VE NP VPR 009, PC VE UP FA 002, PC VE NMC FA 002, PC VE NHS FA 002, PC VE HC FA 002
TBS Registration
001754
Bank Number
PC PPU 071
National Urban Park Interpretive Products
Description
Information related to the various products available to national urban park visitors so that they may experience and understand the significance of the place to Canadians, including the presentation of authentic cultural experiences and economic business opportunities.
Document Types
Interpretive work plans for national urban park; national urban park interpreter certification and competency documents; Parks Canada visitor opportunities database; VIA Rail Ocean Route onboard interpretation program description and guidelines; Parks Canada Xplorers Program instructions and guidelines.
Record Number
PC VE UP IP 003
National Urban Park Visitor Management
Description
Information regarding Parks Canada's service commitment to national urban park visitors, partners and colleagues allowing the Agency to provide information and exceptional service to visitors to help promote memorable experiences.
Document Types
Service standards for national urban park visitors; reports and backgrounders that contributed to the development of the standards; service delivery targets; information brochures; inventories; facilities and offers; operational guidelines; quality visitor service guidelines; best-practice templates; Canadian school mailing addresses; event calendars; awards and honours; historical performance data and forecasting estimates; monthly attendance data for the national urban park.
Record Number
PC VE UP VM 004
National Urban Park Visitor Safety
Description
Information related to the fostering of a culture respect, self-reliance and safety among visitors to national urban park, to help prevent incidents from occurring and to help solve problems before they escalate and require search and rescue measures.
Document Types
Visitor safety program evaluations; national visitor safety management strategy; stakeholder communications; visitor risk management strategies; disclaimers of liability guidelines; occurrence tracking system (now referred to as the Incident and Event Management System) used in the national urban park to record data on search and rescue incidents.
Record Number
PC VE UP VS 005
1.4.3 National Marine Conservation Area Visitor Experience

This program fosters opportunities for Canadians and international visitors to discover, experience, enjoy and develop a sense of connection to Canada's national marine conservation areas. This program includes a range of activities, services, and products associated with pre-visit planning, the on-site visit, and post-visit communications. It includes tourism marketing, trip planning information, reception, orientation, interpretation (e.g., presentations, exhibits, audio-visual materials), recreational activities, special events, merchandise, compliance, visitor safety services, and visitor facilities (e.g., visitor reception centres, docks, day-use areas). The program is supported by market and visitor analytics, trend analysis, and performance measurement.

National Marine Conservation Areas Interpretive Products
Description
Information related to the various products available to national marine conservation area visitors so that they may experience and understand the significance of the place to Canadians including the presentation of authentic Aboriginal culture experiences and economic business opportunities.
Document Types
Interpretive work plans; interpreter certification and competency documents; Parks Canada visitor opportunities database; VIA Rail Ocean Route onboard interpretation program description and guidelines; Parks Canada Xplorers Program instructions and guidelines.
Record Number
PC VE NMC IP 001
National Marine Conservation Area Facilities and Activities
Description
Information on the various facility and activity offers available or potentially available at Canadian national marine conservation areas to encourage visitor discovery and enjoyment.
Document Types
National and local assessment results; guidelines; national marine conservation areas activities, services and events database; Leave-No-Trace guidelines; partnering agreements; event permits; trail, signage and accessibility guidelines.
Record Number
PC VE NMC FA 002
Resource Use Permits
Description
The bank identifies resource use and harvest activities permitted under regulation. Personal information may include name, contact information, date of birth and signature.
Class of Individuals
Visitors, researchers and residents
Purpose
To identify the permit holders using park resources, and set restrictions. Examples include hunting, wood cutting and grazing.
Consistent Uses
Monitor and control activities, compile statistics, survey use, and plan future changes.
Retention and Disposal Standards
Under development
RDA Number
78/001
Related Record Number
PC VE NP FA 006, PC VE NP VPR 009, PC VE UP FA 002, PC VE NMC FA 002, PC VE NHS FA 002, PC VE HC FA 002
TBS Registration
001754
Bank Number
PC PPU 071
National Marine Conservation Area Facilitation of Visitor Experience through Prevention and Law Enforcement
Description
Information on prevention and law enforcement activities in national marine conservation areas focused on the visitor experience provisions of the Canada National Marine Conservation Areas Act and its regulations and the Criminal Code and other complementary legislation for the purpose of protecting the quality of the visitor experience in national marine conservation areas.
Document Types
Correspondence; reports; internal service delivery agreements; memoranda of understanding with partner agencies; operational policy documents; and operational guidelines.
Record Number
PC VE NMC PLE 003
National Marine Conservation Area Visitor Management
Description
Information regarding Parks Canada's service commitment to national marine conservation area visitors, partners and colleagues, allowing the Agency to provide information and exceptional service to visitors to help promote memorable experiences.
Document Types
Service standards for national marine conservation area visitors; reports and backgrounders that contributed to the development of the standards; service delivery targets; information brochures; inventories; detailed descriptions of facilities and offers; operational guidelines; quality visitor service guidelines; best-practice templates; Canadian school mailing addresses; event calendars; awards and honours; historical performance data and forecasting estimates; monthly attendance data.
Record Number
PC VE NMC VM 004
National Marine Conservation Area Visitor Safety
Description
Information related to the fostering of a culture respect, self-reliance and safety among visitors to national marine conservation areas, to help prevent incidents from occurring and to help solve problems before they escalate and require law enforcement measures.
Document Types
Visitor safety program evaluations; national visitor safety management strategy; stakeholder communication; visitor risk management strategies; disclaimers of liability guidelines; occurrence tracking system (now referred to as the Incident and Event Management System) used in national marine conservation areas to record data on search and rescue incidents.
Record Number
PC VE NMC VS 005
1.4.4 National Historic Site Visitor Experience

This program fosters opportunities for Canadians and international visitors to discover, experience, enjoy and develop a sense of personal connection to national historic sites administered by Parks Canada. This program includes a range of activities, services, and products associated with pre-visit planning, the on-site visit, and post-visit communications. It includes tourism marketing, trip planning information, reception, orientation, interpretation (e.g., period animation, demonstrations, guided walks, exhibits, audio-visual material, technology applications), recreational activities, special events, merchandise, compliance, visitor safety services, and visitor facilities (e.g., visitor reception centres, washrooms, trails). The program is supported by market and visitor analytics, trend analysis, and performance measurement.

National Historic Sites Interpretive Products
Description
Information related to the various products available to national historic site visitors so that they may experience and understand the significance of the place to Canadians, including the presentation of authentic Aboriginal culture experiences and economic business opportunities.
Document Types
Interpretive work plans; interpreter certification and competency documents; Parks Canada visitor opportunities database; VIA Rail Ocean Route onboard interpretation program description and guidelines; Parks Canada Xplorers Program instructions and guidelines; directives on historic weapons and associated technical manuals.
Record Number
PC VE NHS IP 001
National Historic Site Facilities and Activities
Description
Information on the various facility and activity offers available or potentially available at Canadian national historic sites to encourage visitor discovery and enjoyment.
Document Types
National and local assessment results; guidelines; national historic site activities; services and events database; Leave-No-Trace guidelines; partnering agreements; event permits; trail, signage and accessibility guidelines.
Record Number
PC VE NHS FA 002
Resource Use Permits
Description
The bank identifies resource use and harvest activities permitted under regulation. Personal information may include name, contact information, date of birth and signature.
Class of Individuals
Visitors, researchers and residents.
Purpose
To identify the permit holders using park resources, and set restrictions. Examples include hunting, wood cutting and grazing.
Consistent Uses
Monitor and control activities, compile statistics, survey use, and plan future changes.
Retention and Disposal Standards
Under development
RDA Number
78/001
Related Record Number
78/001
TBS Registration
PC VE NP FA 006, PC VE NP VPR 009, PC VE UP FA 002, PC VE NMC FA 002, PC VE NHS FA 002, PC VE HC FA 002
Bank Number
PC PPU 071
National Historic Site Facilitation of Visitor Experience through Prevention and Law Enforcement
Description
Information on prevention and law enforcement activities focused on the visitor experience provisions of the Canada National Parks Act and its regulations and the Criminal Code and other complementary legislation for the purpose of protecting the quality of the visitor experience at national historic sites.
Document Types
Correspondence; reports; internal service delivery agreements; memoranda of understanding with partner agencies; operational policy documents; and operational guidelines.
Record Number
PC VE NHS PLE 003
National Historic Site Visitor Management
Description
Information regarding Parks Canada's service commitment to national historic site visitors, partners and colleagues, allowing the Agency to provide information and exceptional service to visitors to help promote memorable experiences.
Document Types
Service standards for national historic site visitors; reports and backgrounders that contributed to the development of the standards; service delivery targets; information brochures; inventories; detailed descriptions of national historic site facilities and offers; operational guidelines; quality visitor service guidelines; best-practice templates; event calendars; awards and honours; historical performance data and forecasting estimates; monthly attendance data.
Record Number
PC VE NHS VM 004
National Historic Site Visitor Safety
Description
Information related to the fostering of a culture respect, self-reliance and safety among visitors to national historic sites, to help prevent incidents from occurring and to help solve problems before they escalate and require law enforcement measures.
Document Types
Visitor safety program evaluations; national visitor safety management strategy; stakeholder communications; visitor risk management strategies; disclaimers of liability guidelines; occurrence tracking system (now referred to as the Incident and Event Management System) used in national historic sites to record data on search and rescue incidents.
Record Number
PC VE NHS VS 005
1.4.5 Heritage Canal Visitor Experience

This program fosters opportunities for Canadians and international visitors to discover, experience, enjoy and develop a sense of personal connection to Canada's heritage canals. The nine heritage canals include the Trent-Severn Waterway and the Rideau, Lachine, Carillon, Chambly, Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Saint-Ours, Sault Ste. Marie, and St. Peters canals. This program includes a range of land and water-based activities, services, and products associated with pre-visit planning, the on-site visit, and post-visit communications. It includes tourism marketing, trip planning information, reception, orientation, interpretation (e.g., exhibits, audio-visual material), recreation, compliance and visitor safety services, and visitor facilities (e.g., visitor reception centres, locks). The program is supported by market and visitor analytics, trend analysis, and performance measurement.

Heritage Canal Interpretive Products
Description
Information related to the various products available to heritage canal visitors so that they may experience and understand the significance of the place to Canadians including the presentation of authentic Aboriginal culture experiences and economic business opportunities.
Document Types
Interpretive work plans; interpreter certification and competency documents; Parks Canada visitor opportunities database; program descriptions and guidelines.
Record Number
PC VE HC IP 001
Heritage Canal Facilities and Activities
Description
Information on the various facility and activity offers available or potentially available at Canada's heritage canals to encourage visitor discovery and enjoyment.
Document Types
National and local assessment results; guidelines; heritage canal activities; services and events database; Leave-No-Trace guidelines; partnering agreements; event permits; signage and accessibility guidelines.
Record Number
PC VE HC FA 002
Resource Use Permits
Description
The bank identifies resource use and harvest activities permitted under regulation. Personal information may include name, contact information, date of birth and signature.
Class of Individuals
Visitors, researchers and residents
Purpose
To identify the permit holders using park resources, and set restrictions. Examples include hunting, wood cutting and grazing.
Consistent Uses
Monitor and control activities, compile statistics, survey use, and plan future changes.
Retention and Disposal Standards
Under development
RDA Number
78/001
Related Record Number
PC VE NP FA 006, PC VE NP VPR 009, PC VE UP FA 002, PC VE NMC FA 002, PC VE NHS FA 002, PC VE HC FA 002
TBS Registration
001754
Bank Number
PC PPU 071
Heritage Canal Facilitation of Visitor Experience through Prevention and Law Enforcement
Description
Information on prevention and law enforcement activities in heritage canals focused on the visitor experience provisions of the Historic Canals Regulations (pursuant to the Department of Transport Act) and the Criminal Code and other complementary legislation for the purpose of protecting the quality of the visitor experience in heritage canal areas.
Document Types
Correspondence; reports; internal service delivery agreements; memoranda of understanding with partner agencies; operational policy documents; and operational guidelines.
Record Number
PC VE HC PLE 003
Heritage Canal Visitor Management
Description
Information regarding Parks Canada's service commitment to heritage canal visitors, partners and colleagues, allowing the Agency to provide information and exceptional service to visitors to help promote memorable experiences.
Document Types
Service standards for heritage canal visitors; reports and backgrounders that contributed to the development of the standards; service delivery targets; information brochures; inventories; detailed descriptions of facilities and offers; operational guidelines; quality visitor service guidelines; best-practice templates; Canadian school mailing addresses; event calendars; awards and honours; historical performance data and forecasting estimates; monthly attendance data.
Record Number
PC VE HC VM 004
Heritage Canal Visitor Safety
Description
Information related to the fostering of a culture respect, self-reliance and safety among visitors to heritage canal areas, to help prevent incidents from occurring and to help solve problems before they escalate and require law enforcement measures.
Document Types
Visitor safety program evaluations; national visitor safety management strategy; stakeholder communications; visitor risk management strategies; disclaimers of liability guidelines; occurrence tracking system (now referred to as the Incident and Event Management System) used on heritage canals to record data on search and rescue incidents.
Record Number
PC VE HC VS 005

PA-1.5 Heritage Canals, Highways and Townsite Management

This program involves the management of infrastructure for Canadians and provides opportunities for socio-economic benefits to adjacent communities. It is related to the operation, maintenance and improvement of the Trans-Canada and provincially numbered highways within national parks and a national historic site; the water management of certain heritage canals; and, the provision of municipal services to certain national park townsites.

1.5.1 Townsite Management

This program involves the provision of municipal services and the management of related infrastructure to support residents and visitors in the five townsites of Field (Yoho National Park), Lake Louise (Banff National Park), Wasagaming (Riding Mountain National Park), Waskesiu (Prince Albert National Park), and Waterton (Waterton Lakes National Park). Municipal services include drinking water, sewage treatment, road maintenance, snow removal, and garbage pick-up and disposal.

Townsite Management - Engineering Projects
Description
Information on engineering projects carried out for Parks Canada in relation to planning, design, construction, operation, maintenance, equipment, services, utilities, facilities, claims and evaluation of townsites.
Document Types
Feasibility studies; options analysis documents; risk assessments; schedules; contracts; project briefs; design data; cost estimates; progress reports; financial reports; project schedules.
Record Number
PC TTI TM EP 001
Townsite Management - Protection and Law Enforcement
Description
Information on protection and law enforcement in townsites within Parks Canada's national parks.
Document Types
Correspondence; reports; internal service delivery agreements; memoranda of understanding with partner agencies; operational policy documents; and operational guidelines.
Record Number
PC TTI TM PLE 002
Townsite Management - Technical References
Description
Reference materials concerning traffic, management operations, snow removal, safety standards for townsites, engineering and projects in national parks, a national historic site and related historic roads.
Document Types
Reports; paper and electronic plans, drawings, specifications (contract, construction and manufacturing); codes; standards and guidelines; "as-built" information for specifications; archaeological reports; feasibility studies; field notes; summary and synopsis; and training packages.
Record Number
PC TTI TM TR 003
Townsite Operations and Maintenance
Description
Information concerning the safe operation and maintenance of townsites.
Document Types
Inspection reports on bridges, roads, snow sheds, slopes and culverts; operation and maintenance standards; maintenance schedules; incident reports; training records; safety directives; media lines; and communiqués.
Record Number
PC TTI TM OM 004

1.5.2 Highway Management

This program involves the management of the Trans-Canada and provincially numbered highways infrastructure within national parks and one national historic site. The operation, maintenance and improvement of these highways benefit Canadians and visitors to Parks Canada's heritage places and includes snow removal, inspections, repairs and replacement of highway surfaces, retaining walls, bridges and culverts.

Claims Settlements
Description
Information concerning claims against the Crown by members of the public about highways operation and maintenance.
Document Types
Claims; court decisions; estimates; and investigation reports.
Record Number
PC TTI THM CS 001
Highway Management Avalanche Control
Description
Documentation on avalanche control activities with the main purpose of keeping through highways open.
Document Types
Plans; schedules; safety directives; incident reports; artillery firing and ammunition logs; explosives usage records; training operators' records; unexploded ordinance records; memoranda of understanding; and contracts.
Record Number
PC TTI THM AC 002
Highway Management Engineering Projects
Description
Information on engineering projects carried out for Parks Canada in relation to planning, design, construction, operation, maintenance, equipment, services, utilities, facilities, claims and evaluation of highways (see also Highway Management Information and Outreach.)
Document Types
Feasibility studies; options analysis documents; risk assessments; schedules; contracts; project briefs; design data; cost estimates; progress reports; financial reports; project schedules.
Record Number
PC TTI THM EP 003
Highway Management Impact on Wildlife
Description
Information on all types of wildlife in national parks and a national historic site, including the management and protection of wild animals, birds, fish and insects as it relates to wildlife safety mitigation, such as highway overpasses on the Trans-Canada highway in Banff National Park.
Document Types
Regulations; surveys; studies on the impact of highways on wildlife; wildlife/vehicle collision data and wildlife safety mitigation strategies; video and still photography.
Record Number
PC TTI THM IW 004
Highway Management Information and Outreach
Description
Information on activities related to the general management and operational responsibilities of the Parks Canada Agency as they pertain to the integration of highways. These responsibilities may include information exchanges with foreign countries; the identification of hours of operation, levels of service, awards and honours; co-operative activities with public and private organizations; capital development projects and planning systems; operational planning and management improvements; central system program evaluation and public consultation and participation.
Document Types
Inventories; management and research documents; signs; general surveys and studies; written communications; agreements for cooperation or services.
Record Number
PC TTI THM IO 005
Highway Management Technical References
Description
Reference materials concerning traffic, management operations, snow removal, safety standards for highways, engineering and projects in national parks, a national historic site and related historic highways.
Document Types
Reports; paper and electronic plans, drawings, specifications (contract, construction and manufacturing); codes; standards and guidelines; "as-built" information for specifications; archaeological reports; feasibility studies; field notes; summaries; synopsis; training packages.
Record Number
PC TTI THM TR 006
Highway Operations and Maintenance
Description
Information concerning the safe operation and maintenance of highways.
Document Types
Inspection reports on bridges, roads, snow sheds, slopes and culverts; operation and maintenance standards; maintenance schedules; incident reports; training records; safety directives; media lines; and communiqués.
Record Number
PC TTI THM OM 007
1.5.3 Heritage Canal Management

This program involves water management and the management of bridge and dam infrastructure at heritage canals for the benefit of Canadians. Water management encompasses maintaining navigation by managing the flow and level of water, mitigating flooding, supporting hydro where applicable, fostering recreational use and providing municipal water at the following five heritage canals: Trent-Severn Waterway, the Rideau, Lachine, Chambly, and Saint-Ours canals. The management of heritage canal infrastructure includes activities such as the operation, maintenance and improvement of bridges and dams at all nine heritage canals.

Water Resources
Description
Information on water levels, water rights, hydro power development, hydrometric networks and the use of water resources in our national waterways.
Document Types
Hydrological surveys; regulations; reports; surveys; and studies.
Record Number
PC TTI TWM WR 001

PA-2.1 Internal Services

Internal services constitute groups of related activities and resources that are administered to support the needs of programs and other corporate obligations of an organization. These groups are management and oversight services, communications services, legal services, human resources management services, financial management services, information management services, information technology services, real property services, materiel services, acquisition services, and travel and other administrative services. Internal services include only those activities and resources that apply across an organization and not to those provided specifically to a program.

2.1.1 Acquisition Services

Acquisition services involve activities undertaken to acquire a good or service to fulfill a properly completed request (including a complete and accurate definition of requirements and certification that funds are available) until entering into or amending a contract.

2.1.2 Communications Services

Communications services involve activities undertaken to ensure that Government of Canada communications are effectively managed, well coordinated and responsive to the diverse information needs of the public. The communications management function ensures that the public—internal or external—receives government information, and that the views and concerns of the public are taken into account in the planning, management and evaluation of policies, programs, services and initiatives.

2.1.3 Financial Management Services

Financial management services involve activities undertaken to ensure the prudent use of public resources, including planning, budgeting, accounting, reporting, control and oversight, analysis, decision support and advice, and financial systems.

2.1.4 Human Resources Management Services

Human resources management services involve activities undertaken for determining strategic direction, allocating resources among services and processes, as well as activities relating to analyzing exposure to risk and determining appropriate countermeasures. They ensure that the service operations and programs of the federal government comply with applicable laws, regulations, policies and plans.

2.1.5 Information Management Services

Information management services involve activities undertaken to achieve efficient and effective information management to support program and service delivery; foster informed decision making; facilitate accountability, transparency and collaboration; and preserve and ensure access to information and records for the benefit of present and future generations.

2.1.6 Information Technology Services

Information technology services involve activities undertaken to achieve efficient and effective use of information technology to support government priorities and program delivery, to increase productivity, and to enhance services to the public.

2.1.7 Legal services

Legal services involve activities undertaken to enable government departments and agencies to pursue policy, program and service delivery priorities and objectives within a legally sound framework.

2.1.8 Management and Oversight Services

Management and oversight services involve activities undertaken for determining strategic direction and allocating resources among services and processes, as well as those activities related to analyzing exposure to risk and determining appropriate countermeasures. They ensure that the service operations and programs of the federal government comply with applicable laws, regulations, policies or plans.

2.1.9 Materiel Services

Materiel services involve activities undertaken to ensure that materiel can be managed by departments in a sustainable and financially responsible manner that supports the cost-effective and efficient delivery of government programs.

2.1.10 Real Property Services

Real property services involve activities undertaken to ensure that real property is managed in a sustainable and financially responsible manner, throughout its life cycle, to support the cost-effective and efficient delivery of government programs.

2.1.11 Travel and Other Administrative Services

Travel and other administrative services include Government of Canada travel services, as well as those other internal services that do not smoothly fit with any of the internal services categories.

Manuals

A list of Manuals pertaining to the management of Parks Canada Agency can be found here.

Additional Information

Additional information is available on our ATIP page including information on:

The Government of Canada encourages the release of information through informal requests.

Mailing address:
Parks Canada National Office
30 Victoria Street
Gatineau, Quebec J8X 0B3
Canada

General Inquiries:
1-888-773-8888

General Inquiries (International):
1-819-420-9486

Teletypewriter (TTY):
1-866-787-6221

You may also wish to consult Parks Canada Agency's (PCA): Completed Access to Information Requests.

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