CCPERB will certify an object only if it meets the requirement of outstanding significance set out in the Cultural Property Export and Import Act. Specifically, the object must be of outstanding significance by reason of its close association with Canadian history or national life, its aesthetic qualities, or its value in the study of the arts or sciences.

A description of an object’s observable features is not sufficient to establish that the object is of outstanding significance. The applicant must also provide a justification that specifically addresses one or more of the following requirements for outstanding significance.

Close association with Canadian history

Identify and discuss the object’s close association with Canada’s artistic, cultural, scientific, or social history. Your discussion should consider, among others, the object’s close association with a place or event; a person or group; a formative aspect of Canadian history; or a significant historical discovery, development, innovation, or movement.

Close association with national life

Identify and discuss the object’s place in the national life of Canada through its close association with a cultural tradition or way of life; a spiritual practice or system of belief; a group or community.

Aesthetic qualities

Identify and discuss the aesthetic qualities of the object and explain why these qualities are significant. Your discussion should consider, among others, whether the object is innovative or significant in its composition, concept, execution, or style.

Value in the study of the arts

Identify and discuss the object’s value in the study of the arts, such as fine arts, applied or decorative arts, architecture, literature, music, performing arts, new media, or other arts, by determining whether it does or could contribute significantly to an understanding of the arts or the practice of the arts. You may also address whether the object is a representative example of a creator’s oeuvre; a technique, style, genre, school, period, movement, or tradition.

Value in the study of the sciences

Identify and discuss the object’s value in the study of the sciences, such as applied sciences, biological sciences, physical sciences, social sciences, or their branches. Your discussion should consider how the object does or could contribute significantly to an understanding of the sciences or scientific practice. You may also address whether the object is a representative example of a field, theory or innovation.

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