On August 8, 2018, the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, launched a process to update Canada’s Tentative List for World Heritage Sites.
As a State Party to the World Heritage Convention, Canada maintains a list of candidate sites that have strong potential to satisfy established criteria for inscription on the World Heritage List. Canada’s Tentative List was last updated in 2004. Countries are encouraged to re-examine their Tentative Lists approximately every ten years.
The Parks Canada Agency serves as Canada’s State Party Representative for World Heritage, and is leading the process to update Canada’s Tentative List. A public call has been launched to invite Canadians to submit applications for the Tentative List, over a six month period ending on January 27, 2017. The Minister will aim to announce Canada’s updated Tentative List in December 2017 as part of the Canada 150 celebrations. More information on the process and timelines can be found at www.pc.gc.ca/whs.
As part of this initiative, a Ministerial Advisory Committee will be established and tasked with reviewing all applications and providing recommendations to the Minister on the strongest candidates for Canada’s Tentative List. A public merit-based process will be used to solicit and select the six members of the committee, which will be composed of recognized experts in natural and cultural heritage conservation and commemoration in Canada, and will include Indigenous representation. The deadline for expressions of interest for the Ministerial Advisory Committee is September 23, 2016. The Notice of Opportunity can be found at www.pc.gc.ca/eng/progs/spm-whs/sec06/b.aspx.