About the Canadian Cultural Property Export Review Board

The Canadian Cultural Property Export Review Board is an independent, quasi-judicial decision-making body that reports to Parliament through the Minister of Canadian Heritage.

Established in 1977 by the Cultural Property Export and Import Act, the Review Board determines whether cultural property is of outstanding significance and national importance with a view to protecting and preserving Canada’s artistic, historic, and scientific heritage and making it accessible to the public.

Mandate of the Review Board

Under the Cultural Property Export and Import Act the Review Board has a mandate to:

  • certify cultural property as being of outstanding significance and national importance;
  • establish export delays to provide designated organizations with an opportunity to acquire significant cultural property threatened with permanent export; and
  • determine fair cash offers to purchase cultural property for refused export permits.

Cultural property

Cultural property refers to artistic, historic, or scientific objects that may fall into any of the following categories:

  • objects recovered from the soil or waters of Canada;
  • objects of ethnographic material culture;
  • military objects;
  • objects of applied and decorative art;
  • objects of fine art;
  • scientific or technological objects;
  • textual records, graphic records, and audio-visual recordings; and
  • musical instruments.
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