Management plan information

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Management plans are the central documents that guide Parks Canada in the protection, management, and operation of its national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas. Reviewed every 10 years, management plans are required by legislation, guided by public consultation, approved by the Minister responsible for Parks Canada and tabled in Parliament.
Parks Canada has begun the management planning process for Georgian Bay Islands National Park. 

Parks Canada has suspended all public consultations and formal engagement with stakeholders and Indigenous peoples on management plans until further notice. 

Management plans are developed through consultation and input from various people and organizations, including Indigenous peoples, local and regional residents, visitors, and the public. 

The Agency is currently focusing its efforts on critical operations. There is, therefore, limited capacity to undertake full and meaningful management planning consultations at this time. Parks Canada also recognizes that the focus of the Canadian public, Indigenous partners and our stakeholders is on public health and safety and the economy. 

Parks Canada is committed to resuming all management planning activities, including public consultations and formal engagement with stakeholders and Indigenous peoples, once operations return to normal and capacity allows. 

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Scoping exercise

Management planning cycle

Management plan cycle explained, see text below for further explanation.
Stages of management planning
  1. Management plan implementation, monitoring and evaluation
  2. State of site assessment
  3. Scoping issues and vision elements
  4. Management plan preparation
    *Indigenous and public engagement
  5. Management plan approval