The Government of Canada is updating the country’s Tentative List for World Heritage Sites. The list is an inventory of Canadian natural and cultural heritage properties with strong potential to be inscribed on the World Heritage List.

World Heritage represents some of humanity’s most outstanding achievements and nature’s most inspiring creations. Inscription on the World Heritage List is the highest recognition for a protected heritage area in the world. Before a site can be presented for inscription as a World Heritage Site, it must be included on a country’s Tentative List.

Adding sites to the Tentative List

A public process to solicit applications for consideration for Canada’s Tentative List for World Heritage Sites has been completed. The deadline for receipt of applications was January 27, 2017.

Applications are being reviewed by an independent Ministerial Advisory Committee of Canadian experts in the fields of natural and cultural heritage. The Advisory Committee will recommend to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada those properties with strong potential for successful inscription as World Heritage Sites.