Actions since 1999
November 22, 2010
2.3 M$ for the conservation of natural environments in the Laurentians
June 17, 2010
Québec - Vermont ecological corridor: more than $1,5 M in funding
May 30, 2010
Million for the protection of Rivière à l’Orme in Montréal
December 3, 2009
Creation of a 24th national park (French)
March 29, 2009
Québec surpasses its target of 8%
April 9, 2009
Press release (French) – Investment of $30 million in the future
Parc national du Lac-Témiscouata, which will cover an area of 176.5 km2,
making it the second largest Québec national park south of the St.
Lawrence River, after Parc national de la Gaspésie.
March 29, 2009
release - Québec increases the total of its protected areas to
135,326 km2, equal to 8.12% of
its territory. It thus surpasses the goal of 8% formulated by the
government in its strategic action plan.
In a press conference, Jean
Charest announces a new target—protecting 12% of Québec’s land by 2015.
January 22, 2009
Press release (French) – Announcement of the Partenaires pour la
nature program. With a budget of $25 million over five years, the
program partners with conservation organizations and individuals seeking
to preserve Québec’s natural heritage.
October 7, 2008
Press release - Québec protects an
additional 17,800 km2 of natural habitat, totaling 1.07% of its
territory. For the most part these protected areas are north of the 49th
parallel. One protects one of Québec’s largest rivers, the George.
May 14, 2008
Press release – The creation of 23
new protected areas. This substantial increase in protected areas totals
18,220.5 km2, or over 1% of the province’s total area.
Press release (French) - Addition of 22 new exceptional forest
ecosystems (EFEs) and the expansion of two existing EFEs. These sites
cover 3,852 ha (38.5 km2) and include 15 old-growth forests, two forests
sheltering threatened or vulnerable plant species, and five rare
Status Report 2007
(PDF, 1.5 Mb) - A
portrait of the development of protected areas as of 2007.
June 16, 2007:
Publication in the Gazette officielle du Québec of the
notice of classification for 19 territories deemed to be exceptional
forest ecosystems (EFEs), protecting 15 old-growth forests, two rare
forests and three forests sheltering threatened or vulnerable species in
nine administrative regions of Québec. These territories have a surface
area of 37.4 sq. kilometres.
February 15, 2007:
(French)– Publication of the Québec Register of Protected Areas
7 biodiversity reserve area projects, expansion of a reserve for the
purpose of creating a national park and creation of an ecological
reserve for a total of 13 955 km2.
January 29, 2007:
– Government of Québec confirm its intention to create Parc national de
la Kuururjuaq (4 273 km2), in Nunavik. This national park project was
prepared by a working group made up of representatives of the Ministère
du Développement durable, de l’Environnement et des Parcs (MDDEP), the
Kativik Regional Government, the Makivik Corporation and the village of
November 9, 2005:
release – Government confirm its intention of teaming up with the Cree
Nation of Mistissini to create the first inhabited park in the boreal
forest : Albanel-Témiscamie-Otish Park (more than 11 000 km2).
September 8, 2005:
(French) - Creation of the Programme de conservation du patrimoine naturel
en milieu privé (budget of 9 million dollars over 3 years for the
conservation of natural heritage on private land). The program aims to
support, on a cost-sharing basis, private sector conservation initiatives
in order to develop a network of protected areas on private land.
July 6, 2005:
(French) – 3 aquatic reserves, 15 biodiversity reserve projects and the
expansion of 4 biodiversity reserve projects for a total of 6 759 km2.
(French) - 41 new territories were classified as exceptional forest
ecosystems (EFE) in 10 administrative regions of Québec.
August 5, 2004:
- $2,9M financial assistance grant to the Conservation de la Nature -
Québec to acquire the Domtar property for 40 square kilometres of
untouched nature in the Sutton Mountains
June 11, 2004:
release (French) – 8 new territories in baie James, Abitibi and Témiscamingue,
covering over 2 024 km2.
September 22, 2003:
Press release (French) - Protection of 37 exceptional forest
ecosystems in 8 administrative regions of Quebec: 26 old-growth forests,
9 rare forests and 2 forests containing threatened or vulnerable
species, for a total area of 37 kilometres2.
March 4, 2003:
release - 6 biodiversity reserve projects and an aquatic reserve
project, covering over 3 200 km2 in Abitibi and baie James.
February 12, 2003:
release (French) – Aquatic reserve project (rivière Ashuapmushuan) covering 277
February 8, 2003:
release (French) - Aquatic reserve project (rivière Moisie) covering 3 898 km2
February 4, 2003:
Press release (French) - Creation of 26 exceptional forest ecosystems
across 10 regions of Québec: protection of 17 old-growth forests and 9
December 20, 2002:
(French) - Adoption of the Natural Heritage Conservation Act. This Act
creates 3 new legal statuses for protecting natural heritage, providing
more flexibility as well as a wider scope of methods for protecting
biodiversity. By incorporating the Act respecting ecological reserves
and the Act respecting nature reserves on private land it ensures better
coherence in conservation activities.
July 5, 2002:
release - 11 territories reserved in the boreal forest of the
Côte-Nord to be desginated as protected areas, and 6 parks, for a total
of 32 000 km2.
April 19, 2002:
(French) – Financial support of 1 million $ for start-up of an assistance
program for conservation of protected areas on private land. The program
Partenaire pour la conservation volontaire is based on partnership and aims
to encourage conservation on private lands by supporting owners and
non-governmental conservation groups.
April 17, 2002:
Press Release (French)–
Partnership agreement with Ducks Unlimited (2,4 million $) in order to
support, in Québec, the development of a national network of protected
areas on private land.
January 24, 2002:
(French) – Partnership agreement with the Nature Conservancy of Canada (10
million $) in order to support, in Québec, the development of a national
network of protected areas.
June 12, 2001:
(French) - Adoption of the Act respecting nature reserves on private
land. The purpose of this Act is to promote protection, by the owners,
of natural areas on private land in order to conserve biological,
ecological and landscape features.
July 10, 2000:
Press Release (French)- Québec
prepares a framework policy for a strategy that would allow it to
protect areas totalling some 8% of its territory and protect its
List of protected areas and
managed conservation areas in Québec (French)