Table 22.0. Area (1000 ha) of forest land by IUCN1 category and ownership in Canada.
IUCN category Ownership Total
Federal Provincial Territorial Municipal Aboriginal Private Other2
NA 392.80 247 021.10 44 705.05 973.47 7 678.45 24 274.22 2 506.15 327 551.25
Ia 16.80 307.09 0.00 0.00 0.00 6.76 0.00 330.65
Ib 240.44 7 687.33 681.73 0.00 19.65 29.48 10.50 8 669.12
II 5 350.72 15 797.68 1 400.79 < 0.01 0.10 17.99 169.61 22 736.90
III 0.00 124.90 8.81 0.00 0.00 0.63 < 0.01 134.34
IV < 0.01 1 006.67 127.58 0.00 22.66 28.75 0.45 1 186.12
V 0.00 17.95 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 17.95
VI 114.42 50.02 175.96 0.00 24.23 0.64 0.00 365.26
Other 0.00 941.61 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.85 0.00 942.46
Total 6 115.18 272 954.35 47 099.92 973.48 7 745.09 24 359.33 2 686.71 361 934.06
Source: Canada's National Forest Inventory, combined remeasured (2007-2017) and projected (2006-2017 with NFI projection system) data (Version 1, July 2021) (http://nfi.nfis.org)
Note: The Arctic ecozones (Arctic Cordillera, Northern Arctic, Southern Arctic), and the Taiga Plains and Hudson Plains ecozones located in Nunavut, are not inventoried. These non-inventoried areas total 262,189.89 thousand ha.
1 IUCN: International Union for Conservation of Nature (http://www.iucn.org). Data obtained from the Canadian Protected and Conserved Areas Database (CPCAD) (https://www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate-change/services/national-wildlife-areas/protected-conserved-areas-database.html).
2 Missing, unknown or other ownerships.
International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) category
IUCN Category Description
NA Not protected
Ia Protected area managed mainly for science
Ib Protected area managed mainly for wilderness protection
II Protected area managed mainly for ecosystem protection and recreation
III Protected area managed mainly for conservation of specific natural features
IV Protected area managed mainly for conservation through management intervention
V Protected area managed mainly for landscape/seascape protection and recreation
VI Protected area managed mainly for the sustainable use of natural resources
Other Protected with missing or unknown category