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Management Plan

A new management plan is needed for the Rideau Canal, the last one was done in 2005. The purpose of the plan is to ensure the commemorative integrity of the Rideau Canal National Historic Site, guide appropriate public use, ensure the application of cultural resource management principles and practices in decision-making and conserve the natural values of the Canal. The re-organization of the management structure and policy direction in 2012 should have required a new plan, but Parks Canada never did one. A new plan should have been done regardless by 2015 (10 year cycle), but that wasn't done either. Parks Canada has effectively been operating the Rideau Canal without a management plan since 2012.

Public consultations planned for 2017 were pushed back into 2018, delayed again into 2019 and is now supposed to happen in 2020. A draft plan should (in theory) be available for public review in Summer 2020. Parks Canada is now well past all established deadlines to get a new plan done. Details will be posted here when available.

You can also view the Parks Canada page about the management plan here: www.pc.gc.ca/en/lhn-nhs/on/rideau/info/plan

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