Status of June 2020 CCPERB Board Meeting

June 8, 2020

In March 2020, the Canadian Cultural Property Export Review Board (CCPERB) modified its operations as part of government-wide measures to address the COVID-19 pandemic. These measures included cancelling the March 2020 CCPERB meeting and postponing the deadline to submit applications for the June 2020 meeting.

CCPERB has now implemented measures to enable Board members to meet remotely for the scheduled June 10-12, 2020, meeting. During this meeting, CCPERB will table applications originally submitted for the March 2020 meeting. This includes applications received no later than January 10, 2020. Applications received between January 10 and July 10, 2020 will be tabled at the September 2020 meeting.

Please note that most applications for certification of archival material will remain on hold, pending the finalization of new guidelines addressing common issues relating to the estimation of fair market value of archival material. CCPERB intends to consult with appraisers of archival material and public institutions that actively apply for certification of such materials before finalizing the guidelines. This consultation effort will proceed as soon as it is possible to do so. CCPERB renews its thanks to the archival community for its patience during the delay caused by pandemic mitigation measures.

CCPERB will make every effort to send decision letters to applicants in a timely fashion following the June meeting. With the health and well-being of members, staff, and the stakeholder community as its top priorities, CCPERB also will make every effort to review all outstanding applications as soon as safe and secure operations are in place.

Please direct any questions to: ccperb@tribunal.gc.ca

CCPERB Annual Reports now available

June 4, 2020

The Annual Reports of the Canadian Cultural Property Export Review Board for fiscal years 2016-2017, 2017-2018, and 2018-2019 are now available online. Please visit our Annual Reports page for more information or to view the reports in their entirety.

Status of Guidelines for the Appraisal of Archival Material

April 6, 2020

In February 2020, the Canadian Cultural Property Export Review Board (CCPERB) informed a number of applicants that it had deferred their applications for certification of archival material.  The applications relied on appraisals that raised common issues relating to the estimation of fair market value of archival material.  

At the same time CCPERB began to develop guidelines for the appraisal of archival material.  The objective of the guidelines is to ensure that archival appraisals conform to the requirements of the Cultural Property Export and Import Act (the Act).

CCPERB intends to consult with appraisers of archival material and public institutions that actively apply for certification of such materials before finalizing the guidelines.  The first consultation was scheduled for late March, 2020.  Unfortunately, the consultations could not proceed because of the measures taken to combat the spread of COVID-19.  CCPERB intends to proceed with the consultations as soon as it is able to do so.

CCPERB will review the deferred applications as soon as the guidelines are finalized.  By proceeding in this way CCPERB seeks to minimize the burden on applicants of having to furnish supplemental information or to resubmit applications in order to comply with the requirements of the Act.  

CCPERB will provide further information as the situation evolves. CCPERB appreciates the interest of the community in working towards addressing this issue and contributing to a workable and effective solution. The development of guidelines for the appraisal of archival material is a priority for CCPERB.  CCPERB thanks applicants for their patience under today's unique circumstances that we all face. 

CCPERB March Meeting Cancelled

March 26, 2020

The Canadian Cultural Property Export Review Board (CCPERB) cancelled its March meeting, as part of the collective effort to mitigate health risks during the COVID-19 pandemic.

CCPERB also announced that it would extend the deadline for applications to be submitted for the June 2020 meeting. In light of the severity of the pandemic and the current uncertainty regarding the duration of the emergency measures, a new deadline will not be established at this time. At the moment, the deadline of July 10, 2020, for the September meeting stands, and we will update as circumstances change. CCPERB is continuing to monitor the situation and will resume regular operations only when it is safe and appropriate for federal organizations to do so.

CCPERB is developing contingency plans in order to process as many applications as possible, as efficiently as possible, between now and June. CCPERB will make every reasonable effort to keep stakeholders informed of the status of their applications during this challenging time.

A number of questions have been received by the Secretariat regarding CCPERB operations. Please see below for answers to frequently asked questions before contacting the Secretariat.


Is the CCPERB Secretariat open?

As part of the Government of Canada response to COVID-19, the CCPERB members and staff are working remotely. Applicants should expect processing and response-time delays. Enquiries may be directed to  ccperb@tribunal.gc.ca.


When will my application for the March meeting be reviewed by CCPERB?

CCPERB members and Secretariat staff are developing contingency plans in order to process as many applications as possible, as efficiently as possible. CCPERB will issue an update when a timeline is established for the review of applications.


When will I receive a decision letter from CCPERB regarding my application submitted for the March meeting?

CCPERB will produce decision letters as efficiently as possible as applications are reviewed. An updated timeline for the issuance of decision letters will be communicated as soon as possible.


What happens if I don’t get my tax certificate before the deadline for filing my tax return?

The Government of Canada has deferred the deadline to file individual income tax and benefit returns until June 1, 2020. Please consult the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) announcement regarding the economic impact of COVID-19. CCPERB will provide updates based on any new information issued by CRA.


What can I do to ensure my application for future meetings is processed as efficiently as possible?

Applicants are encouraged to be as thorough as possible with their application, and ensure that it is as free of errors, omissions, or inconsistencies as possible. Accurate, complete applications will enable CCPERB to arrive at informed, efficient decisions. If you do not have access to the necessary information or documentation, please wait until you are able to complete your application before submitting.

CCPERB appreciates the efforts being made by applicant organizations during this challenging time. The Board Members wish to express their thanks for the patience and collaboration of stakeholders over the coming months, as we work first and foremost to ensure the well-being of employees and the general public.

CCPERB Deadline Extended

March 18, 2020

The Canadian Cultural Property Export Review Board (CCPERB) is working closely with federal organizations in order to respond appropriately to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Due to the extraordinary circumstances, CCPERB will be extending the upcoming April 8, 2020, deadline for applications. At this time, CCPERB is not setting a new deadline date, as it is continuing to monitor the situation and will resume regular operations only when it is safe and appropriate for federal organizations to do so.

When operations resume, CCPERB will ensure applicants have reasonable time to complete the application process. CCPERB will update its website and distribute further communications in order to keep stakeholders informed over the coming weeks. In the meantime, CCPERB’s online application system remains operational; applicants that are in a position to do so may continue to submit applications, understanding that there may be significant processing delays.

CCPERB appreciates the efforts being made by applicant organizations during this challenging time. The Board Members wish to express their thanks for the patience and collaboration of stakeholders over the coming months, as we work first and foremost to ensure the well-being of employees and the general public.

Legislative Change to the Certification of Cultural Property

June 24, 2019

On 21 June 2019, the Government of Canada passed the Budget Implementation Act, bringing into force amendments to the Income Tax Act and the Cultural Property Export and Import Act.

Specifically, the amended legislation removes “national importance” as a factor the Cultural Property Export Review Board (CCPERB) must consider in order to certify cultural property for income tax purposes. Applicants must continue to demonstrate that the object meets the criteria for outstanding significance described in subsection 11(1)(a) of the Cultural Property Export and Import Act.

The amendments apply only to the certification of cultural property for tax purposes. There is no change to the legislation or to CCPERB processes relating to refused cultural property export permits.

CCPERB is in the process of updating its website and guidelines to reflect the amended legislation.

Federal Court of Appeal Decision

April 16, 2019

On April 16, 2019, the Federal Court of Appeal rendered its decision in Canada (Attorney General) v. Heffel Gallery LTD., stating it would “set aside the judgment of the Federal Court, dismiss the application for judicial review and restore the decision of the Board.”

The decision by the Federal Court of Appeal sets aside the June 12, 2018, decision of the Federal Court of Canada.

In keeping with this decision, Canadian Cultural Property Export Review Board (CCPERB) has rescinded the Practice Notice issued by CCPERB subsequent to the 2018 Federal Court ruling.

Applicants to CCPERB should refer to the tools and guidelines available on the CCPERB website for information required in support of applications for certification of cultural property, and for applications for review of export permits.

CCPERB will update these tools and guidelines in order to reflect the decision, and to clarify the information required from applicants.

The text of the Federal Court of Appeal Decision is available on the Federal Court of Appeal website.

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