International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property


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General Country data

The main cultural assets of Canada

Canada is a large country that has been shaped by its varied natural and cultural heritage, inclusive of the cultural traditions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. Today, Canada is a multicultural society that reflects a rich tapestry of cultural traditions and heritage assets.

The legal framework on cultural heritage conservation

Canada’s legal framework for cultural heritage conservation is shared between federal, provincial, territorial, municipal, and Indigenous governments. All provinces and territories have enacted legislation and/or regulations protecting archaeological sites and built heritage. Federal legal protection for Canada’s cultural heritage sites and heritage activities is realized through several federal Acts and policies. For instance, the Parks Canada Agency Act establishes the Parks Canada Agency and ensures that Canada’s national parks, national historic sites and related heritage areas are protected for current and future generations. The Department of Canadian Heritage Act centres on fostering and promoting Canadian identity and values, cultural development, and heritage. Along with other federal laws with provisions for protection of specific types of heritage assets, the Historic Sites and Monuments Act provides for the designation and commemoration of historic places.

The cultural and natural sites on the World Heritage List

The Parks Canada Agency is the Canadian government authority responsible for implementing the World Heritage Convention in Canada. Since 1978, 20 Canadian cultural and natural heritage sites have been inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Canada is particularly recognized internationally for its leadership on protecting and presenting Indigenous cultural heritage, as well as for deepening understanding of nature-culture connections in the context of the World Heritage Convention.

Adhesion to ICCROM

Canada is a Member State of ICCROM since 07/11/1978


Mandates in ICCROM Council since 1958:

  • 1981-1983: Maurice Satmon
  • 1988-1995: Charles Gruchy
  • 1996-2000: Richard P. Lindo
  • 2000-2007: Charles Costain
  • 2008-2011: Jeanne E. Inch
  • 2012-2015: Orysia Luchak
  • 2016-2023: Patricia Kell

ICCROM Staff since 1959: 8

Involvement of Canadian Nationals

Activities in/with Canada since 2002

Activities details

Activities details

  • 2002 - 4 Mission(s), 1 Technical assistance(s)
  • 2003 - 1 Course(s), 9 Mission(s)
  • 2004 - 4 Mission(s)
  • 2005 - 1 Course(s), 1 Technical assistance(s)
  • 2006 - 1 Course(s), 8 Mission(s)
  • 2007 - 1 Course(s), 4 Mission(s)
  • 2008 - 2 Mission(s)
  • 2009 - 2 Course(s), 3 Mission(s)
  • 2010 - 1 Course(s), 4 Mission(s)
  • 2011 - 1 Course(s), 2 Mission(s)
  • 2012 - 1 Course(s), 2 Mission(s), 1 Partnership(s)
  • 2013 - 1 Mission(s), 1 Technical assistance(s)
  • 2014 - 1 Partnership(s)
  • 2015 - 1 Mission(s), 1 Technical assistance(s)
  • 2016 - 2 Course(s), 3 Mission(s), 2 Partnership(s)
  • 2017 - 2 Mission(s), 1 Partnership(s)
  • 2018 - 2 Mission(s), 1 Partnership(s)
  • 2019 - 2 Course(s), 2 Mission(s)

External links

Governmental Cultural Institutions

Museums and Cultural Heritage Institutions

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