The media registration period for IMPAC5 is now closed.

However, we understand that media events will continue to be scheduled throughout the Congress week. Therefore, we invite media who wish to cover specific events at IMPAC5 to contact us through the form below.

We will consider these requests on a case by case basis.

The Fifth International Marine Protected Areas Congress (IMPAC5) Secretariat registers media representing a broad range of organizations so that they may attend and cover events during IMPAC5 from 3–9 February 2023. The media registration process is open to journalists (print, radio, television, film, news agencies and online media) who are on assignment for a bona fide media organization.

The IMPAC5 registration process serves to register media in a consistent and fair way, with a view to ensuring a well-managed event.

General criteria

Media representatives wishing to have access to an event must be registered and hold a valid IMPAC5 media identification badge.

The onus is on the applicant to supply all required information and supporting documentation at the time of the application. Incomplete applications will not be processed.

All information submitted as part of a media registration applications are reviewed and validated by officials prior to the approval or refusal of an application.

Supporting documentation and information

Applicants must present valid press credentials, where possible. Where a press credential is not available, a government-issued photo ID (passport for media not residing in Canada) is required.

A letter of assignment is also required, on the official letterhead of the media organization, identifying the applicant as being assigned to the event, explaining the role of the applicant at the event and signed by an authorized editor or publisher within the media organization with their contact information.

Individuals who do not work for a media organization, but rather work as independent members of the media, and therefore unable to provide a letter of assignment, will have to provide proof of recent publications relevant to the specific event, under the applicant’s byline, with reporting and content that can be readily found in the public realm.

To assist in verifying that those applying for media registration are members of the media, IMPAC5 may also refer to the applicant’s publicly available content to authenticate their role as a journalist.

In all cases, assuming eligibility criteria are met, registration confirmation will be issued only after a screening is performed by competent authorities of the Government of Canada.


IMPAC5 will endeavour to accommodate all applicants who satisfy media registration eligibility criteria. Nevertheless, constraints in terms of space and costs may require limits on providing access to an event.

Should the number of applicants exceed the capacity of the media centre and related facilities, a limit on the number of applicants permitted will be necessary. In such a case, access to the media centre and related facilities will be provided in a manner IMPAC5 believes will accommodate the broadest representation from as many organizations as possible.

Revocation of registration

Registration and access to the event and any related facilities is granted on the condition that media representatives will operate in accordance with the policies established by IMPAC5 to ensure the proper functioning of the event, the media centre and any related facilities. Activities must not disturb the safety, security and order of the event. Further, if for any reason there is a breach of the representations made in the application provided or if an individual misrepresented himself/herself, IMPAC5 reserves the right to revoke registration.

Privacy Notice Statement (Click to expand)

The information you provide is collected under the authority of section 8 of the Parks Canada Agency Act. This information will be used to facilitate media registration for the Fifth International Marine Protected Areas Congress (IMPAC5) taking place in Vancouver, BC, Canada in February 2023.

Your personal information may be shared with Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Parks Canada Agency, and Environment and Climate Change Canada for the purposes of registration, organizational and logistical matters, communications with Participants as well as for statistical data. The de-personalised information may also be used for statistical, evaluation and reporting purposes.

Participation in media registration for IMPAC5 is voluntary. Refusal to provide personal information will not permit your participation to the activity.

Your personal information is administered in accordance with the Privacy Act and other applicable laws. You have the right to the protection of, access to, and correction of your personal information, which is described in Personal Information Bank Outreach Activities (PSU 938) and Security Video Surveillance and Temporary Visitor Access Control Logs and Access Badges (PSU907). Instructions for obtaining this information are outlined in the government publication entitled Info Source, which is available at the following web site address: www.infosource.gc.ca You also have the right to file a complaint with the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada regarding the institution’s handling of your personal information at: https://www.priv.gc.ca/en/#q005.

    Media Registration Form

    * = required field.

    *Please check box to indicate you’ve read and agree to our Privacy Notification Statement and the following:

    I agree that Parks Canada Agency (hereinafter Parks Canada) share my contact information with Environment and Climate Change Canada and Fisheries and Oceans Canada for the purpose of facilitating media registration for the Fifth International Marine Protected Areas Congress (IMPAC5) taking place in Vancouver, BC, Canada in February 2023.

    I’ve read the forgoing and fully understand the meaning and effect thereof and I have signed this consent.


    Media Credential / Press ID or Identity document

    Registrants are required to provide a copy of Media Credentials, Press ID, or a government issued photo ID that confirms their appearance and name.

    Maximum file size of 2 MB.
    Acceptable file types: .jpg .jpeg .png or. pdf

    Letter of assignment or proof of work

    The letter of assignment must name the individual applying, their role within the organization, and refer to the event, location and dates. It must be written on official letterhead and signed by an authorized individual with contact information included.

    Maximum file size of 2 MB.
    Acceptable file types: .jpg .jpeg .png or. pdf

    In lieu of a letter of assignment (e.g. for those working solo) we ask for three examples of proof of work under the applicant’s by-line / name that can be readily found in the public realm.

    Note we ask that individuals representing non-governmental organizations demonstrate that they as well as their organization publish content on political, social or economic matters related to the event, and that the organization’s mandate and mission reflect themes covered by the event.

    Please provide your rationale below (Max 250 words)