CCPERB can 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 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 may 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. In concluding, explain why the object’s close association with Canadian history is outstanding.

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. In concluding, explain why the object’s close association with national life is outstanding.

AESTHETIC QUALITIES

Identify and discuss the aesthetic qualities of the object. Your discussion may consider, among others, whether the object is innovative or significant in its composition, concept, execution, or style. In concluding, explain why the object’s aesthetic qualities are outstanding.

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. Your discussion should address how the object does or could contribute to an understanding of the arts or an artistic practice. 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. In concluding, explain why the object’s value in the study of the arts is outstanding.

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 address how the object does or could contribute 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. In concluding, explain why the object’s value in the study of the sciences is outstanding.


For more details on how to structure an effective justification addressing these requirements, please consult Structuring a Justification of Outstanding Significance.

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