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Help choose Canada's next world heritage site

Parks Canada is accepting applications for world heritage sites and seeking candidates for an advisory committee tasked with reviewing nominations
  • Sep 12, 2016
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Rideau Canal, Ontario; Joggins Fossil Cliffs, Nova Scotia; Red Bay Basque Whaling Station, Labrador; Landscape of Grand Pré, Nova Scotia; Mistaken Point, Newfoundland.

These five sites identified on Canada’s 2004 Tentative List of World Heritage Sites have been officially inscribed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites as of July 20, 2016, with another six sites are well on their way.

Now, the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, has launched a new process to update its list of potential cultural and natural heritage sites for Canada’s sesquicentennial.

From August 8, 2016 until January 27, 2017, Parks Canada is inviting Canadians to submit applications for world heritage sites. Following the deadline, the Ministerial Advisory Committee will then review all applications and provide recommendations to Minister McKenna on the strongest candidate world heritage sites for Canada’s tentative list.

As part of the process, Parks Canada is also seeking candidates for the advisory committee that will be tasked with reviewing world heritage site nominations.

A public merit-based process is now underway to select the six members of the committee, and is looking for experts in natural and cultural heritage conservation and commemoration in Canada. The deadline for expressions of interest to be a part of the committee is September 23, 2016.  

The Minister will announce Canada’s updated tentative list in December 2017, as part of the Canada 150 celebrations.

For more information on the tentative list for world heritage sites and the advisory committee, visit pc.gc.ca/whs and pc.gc.ca/eng/progs/spm-whs/sec06

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