Certification of cultural property

From: Canadian Heritage

Important notice:

Please note that as of April 1, 2017, the Secretariat to the Canadian Cultural Property Export Review Board will no longer accept paper applications for certification.

All submissions must be made online. See How to apply.

The certification of cultural property offers tax incentives to donors and vendors of cultural property. The certification process encourages the transfer of significant examples of Canada's artistic, historic, and scientific heritage from private hands to public collections.

Designated organizations may apply to the Canadian Cultural Property Export Review Board for the certification of cultural property for tax purposes. These organizations meet the necessary standards to preserve the cultural property and make it publicly accessible. Owners of cultural property must first reach an agreement, or a proposed agreement, with a designated organization. The designated organization will then apply for a tax certificate on their behalf. Certification applications are processed by the Secretariat to the Canadian Cultural Property Review Board.

Who can apply

Only designated organizations may apply for certification to the Canadian Cultural Property Export Review Board on behalf of donors and vendors. The Review Board will then determine:

Application deadline

The Review Board meets four times per year. New applications, requests for redetermination, and additional information for applications on hold are all subject to the same deadline. View meeting dates and deadlines and decision timelines for more information.

How to apply

To apply for cultural property certification:

Note: First-time applicants will have to register for a GCKey. Select GCKey Log In at the bottom of the page.


Contact us

Secretariat to the Canadian Cultural Property Export Review Board
Administrative Tribunals Support Service of Canada
344 Slater Street, 15th Floor, Suite 400
Ottawa, Ontario  K1A 0E2
1-833-254-8944 (toll-free)

Secretariat staff will be available to answer your questions from Monday to Friday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm (EST).

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