Designation of institutions and public authorities - Movable Cultural Property

From: Canadian Heritage

New Form For Outdoor Objects

Category A designated organizations that wish to acquire an object for the purpose of certification to be displayed outdoors must apply for a category B designation through a streamlined process. Please note that the organization must already be designated for the object class in question to apply through this process. The form may be found here.

Designated organizations are located in Canada and demonstrate the ability to ensure the long-term preservation of cultural property. They also make cultural property available to the public through exhibitions, programming or research.

Organizations must be officially designated by the Minister of Canadian Heritage to access the tax incentives and grant provisions under the Cultural Property Export and Import Act.

Organizations are designated for specific classes of cultural property .

Who can apply

Designated organizations are:

  • institutions such as museums, public art galleries, archives, and libraries; and
  • public authorities such as cities, municipalities, Aboriginal governing bodies, and other government bodies that collect, preserve and present cultural property.

To be eligible for designation, applicants must be either a public authority or an institution as defined under the Cultural Property Export and Import Act.

  • Any institution that is public, charitable, located in Canada, and has been in operation for at least two years may apply for Category A or Category B designation. However, an institution that has been in operation for less than two years but at least one year may be eligible to apply for Category B designation.
  • Applicants must also have occupied for at least one year the buildings where movable cultural property will be stored and/or exhibited.

To find out if they are eligible for designation, organizations should fill out the Self-assessment tool.

Application deadline

There are no deadlines for the submission of designation applications.

How to apply

To obtain a copy of the application guide, application form or facilities evaluation, please contact the Heritage Policy and Programs Branch (Designation component).

Service standards

Our goal is to acknowledge receipt of applications within 15 calendar days, and once an application is deemed complete, to issue an official written decision within 38 weeks.

Contact us

Department of Canadian Heritage
Heritage Policy and Programs Branch
25 Eddy Street, 9th Floor (25-9-N)
Gatineau, Quebec
J8X 4B3
1-866-811-0055 (toll-free)
1-888-997-3123 (toll-free)

Agents are available to answer your questions, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (EST).

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