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Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS)


What we do

CPAWS is Canada’s only charity dedicated to the protection of public land, freshwater and ocean with a strong national and regional presence across the country. Working in a way that respects the sovereignty and leadership of Indigenous nations, we are focused on conserving nature to respond to the dual crises of accelerated biodiversity loss and climate change.

With almost 60 years of success, we are Canada’s leader in conservation and have played a lead role in protecting over half a million square kilometres – an area bigger than the entire Yukon Territory! Our vision is that at least half of land, freshwater and ocean in Canada is permanently protected to sustain nature and people for current and future generations.

How you can help


  • Parks and protected areas
  • Ocean and freshwater
  • Nature-based climate solutions
  • Wildlife and species at risk
  • Outdoor education and outreach


The world is experiencing unprecedented impacts of biodiversity loss and climate change. Nature is in danger of being lost forever. To respond, Canada has committed to protecting 30% of land and ocean across our country by 2030 – an ambitious yet achievable goal. While 2030 is seven years away, we can’t wait any longer to take action. With your support, CPAWS will drive conservation work forward and inspire Canadians to stand together as the voice for nature. 


Help make a difference in your community by connecting with your local CPAWS chapter. We are working from coast-to-coast-to-coast to protect more of Canada’s iconic land, seascapes and wildlife.

Events + fundraising

What will your legacy be?

Wills are more than just a legal way to distribute your personal assets. A Will can be a powerful tool for change in the world. By adding a charitable gift to CPAWS in your Will, you’ll be helping to conserve our country’s magnificent wilderness forever. Getting started is easier than you think, visit for more information.

Mark your calendar!

November 28 is Giving Tuesday, an annual global movement for giving and volunteering following on the heels of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. As the start of the giving season, it is a time when people come together to build a community of giving. Imagine all we can do for nature when we stand together!

Get in touch:

100 Gloucester Street, Suite 600
Ottawa, Ontario
K2P 0A4
1-800-333-9453 |

Year founded: 1963

Total revenue for last fiscal year: $15,779,931

X: @cpaws
Facebook: /CPAWS
Instagram: @cpaws_national
LinkedIn: Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS)


  • Jennifer Smith (QC), Vice-President
  • Lana Mezquita (AB), Treasurer and Chair Finance Committee
  • Richard Paisley (BC), Chair – Litigation Committee
  • Alex Tzannedakis (ON), Chair – Governance Committee
  • Charles Côté (QC), Board Personnel Officer
  • Ina Lucila (AB)
  • Don McMurtry (ON)
  • Cinthia Nemoto (ON)
  • Kathy Scalzo (BC)
  • Erik Val (YT)
  • Denise Withers (BC)
  • Mike Wong (QC)
  • Dolorès André (QC)




National office located in Ottawa, Ontario with 13 regional chapters across Canada working locally at the grassroots level on conservation campaigns.