Regulatory Initiative: Regulations amending the Canadian Cultural Property Export Control List - Canadian Heritage

Description of the objective

The Department of Canadian Heritage is considering increasing the fair market value thresholds in some of the groups within the Canadian Cultural Property Export Control List (Control List). The Control List groups under review are:

  • Group I, Objects recovered from the soil or waters of Canada (minerals and fossils only);
  • Group IV, Objects of applied and decorative art; and,
  • Group V, Objects of fine art.

Description of the Regulation: The Control List describes the types of cultural property that require a cultural property export permit. The fair market value of an object is one of the key elements in deciding whether an object is on the Control List. 

The proposed amendments will be of interest to businesses that export cultural property, as increases in fair market value thresholds will eliminate the requirement to apply for an export permit for objects whose value is below the newly established limit.

Enabling Act: Cultural Property Export and Import Act

Indication of business impacts

There may be business impacts. The “One-for-One” Rule and/or the small business lens may apply.

Public consultation opportunities

It is anticipated that Canadians will have the opportunity to submit comments during the Canada Gazette, Part 1 public comment period, which could take place in the spring of 2019 and last 30 days. Information on upcoming consultations can be found on the Consulting with Canadians website.

Departmental contact

Jennifer Mueller
Senior Officer, Heritage Policy and Legislation
Heritage Policy and Programs Branch
Telephone: 819-997-7982

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