Mandate - Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage promotes an environment in which all Canadians take full advantage of dynamic cultural experiences, celebrating our history and heritage, and participating in building creative communities. We see a Canada that invests in the future by supporting the arts, our two official languages and our athletes: A Canada that is confident in a world of choice, at the forefront of the creative economy and a leader in the digital world.

The Canadian Heritage Portfolio includes the Department, four departmental agencies, ten Crown corporations and one administrative tribunal.

Departmental Results Framework

While sectors and branches make up the Department’s organization structure, the Departmental Results Framework (DRF) is based on a set of core responsibilities that reflect the Department’s mandate.

The DRF includes five core responsibilities:

  • Creativity, arts and culture
  • Heritage and celebration
  • Sport
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Official languages

Internal Services are grouped as a final responsibility, serving the Department as a whole.

Our service commitment

At Canadian Heritage, we are committed to excellence in the delivery of our programs and services to Canadians.

Read about this commitment in our Client Service Charter.

Results for Canadians

Canadian Heritage’s objectives and the results achieved are available in two main public reports.

The Departmental Plan presents the Department’s planned initiatives and expenditures. It provides details on what we do: our main priorities, human resource requirements, major capital projects, grants and contributions, and net program costs.

The Departmental Results Report tells us what results were achieved following the expectations set out in the Departmental Plan and on InfoBase, an online results website hosted by Treasury Board Secretariat.

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