Launching the 2020 Canadian City Parks Report

July 15, 2020

Park People

We’re excited today to launch our second annual Canadian City Parks Report and the results of our just-released survey on how COVID has impacted park use in Canada. 

In the report, you’ll find key data from 27 Canadian cities. You can also explore the report through its five themesnature, growth, collaboration, activation, and inclusion—where you’ll find indicators and statistics as well as stories that showcase challenges, opportunities, and leading practices in Canada’s city parks

Work on this report started in October 2019 and while we incorporated the emerging impacts of COVID-19, much was still in flux at the time of this report’s final writing. 

As we worked on this report’s stories about biodiversity, creative park development, community engagement, and homelessness, the world changed around us. But it quickly became apparent that these stories were not made irrelevant, but more urgent than ever. 


For a full set of key findings, read the Executive Summary.

Over the next year, we will be reviewing how COVID-19 impacts Canadian parks, building on the ideas in this report. To read more about our thoughts about parks and COVID-19, please read this special blog post. And keep in touch with our continuing analysis on parks and COVID-19 on social media and by signing up for our newsletter

This year’s report includes a special focus on urban biodiversity, including a look at small-scale projects, habitat connectivity, community involvement, and mental well-being. You can see the data, resources, and stories we’ve collected at this special section on the report website.

There’s a lot in the report, so here are five great stories to start with:


Please also join us for a special webinar on Thursday, July 23 that will dive into the major findings of the report and our national survey on parks use and COVID.



We would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to The W. Garfield Weston Foundation for its foundational support in the creation and launch of this report.

We would also like to thank RBC for its support of the Nature section’s biodiversity stories, stats, and online Biodiversity Resource Hub. Finally, we would like to thank the Landscape Architecture Canada Foundation for its support of the research into small-scale urban biodiversity projects.




A report of this size is a team effort. First, huge thanks to the dozens of city staff that worked with us to compile city data, answer our questions, and respond to interview requests. We know this takes a tremendous amount of work and this report is not possible without you.

Lastly, thank you to the entire Park People team for their support and input.


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