Outstanding significance and national importance - Certification of cultural property

Cultural property created anywhere in the world may be eligible for certification if the Review Board determines that it is of outstanding significance and national importance to Canada.

An object or collection may be deemed of outstanding significance by reason of any one or more of the following criteria:

  • a close association with Canadian history
  • a close association with national life
  • aesthetic qualities
  • value in the study of the arts
  • value in the study of the sciences

An object or collection may be deemed of national importance if its loss to Canada would significantly diminish the national heritage.

For more information about outstanding significance and national importance, please refer to the Review Board's guidelines on Writing an Effective Outstanding Significance and National Importance Justification (PDF version, 513 KB).

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