Historic Sites and Monuments Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. H-4)

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Historic Sites and Monuments Act

R.S.C., 1985, c. H-4

An Act to establish the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada


Marginal note:Short title

 This Act may be cited as the Historic Sites and Monuments Act.

  • R.S., c. H-6, s. 1.


Marginal note:Definitions

 In this Act,


« Commission »

“Board” means the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada established by section 4;

“historic place”

« lieu historique »

“historic place” means a site, building or other place of national historic interest or significance, and includes buildings or structures that are of national interest by reason of age or architectural design;


« ministre »

“Minister” means the Minister responsible for the Parks Canada Agency.

  • R.S., 1985, c. H-4, s. 2;
  • 1995, c. 11, s. 23;
  • 2005, c. 2, s. 11.


Marginal note:Powers of Minister

 The Minister may

  • (a) by means of plaques or other signs or in any other suitable manner mark or otherwise commemorate historic places;

  • (b) make agreements with any persons for marking or commemorating historic places pursuant to this Act and for the care and preservation of any places so marked or commemorated;

  • (c) with the approval of the Governor in Council, establish historic museums;

  • (d) with the approval of the Treasury Board, acquire on behalf of Her Majesty in right of Canada any historic places, or lands for historic museums, or any interest therein, by purchase, lease or otherwise; and

  • (e) provide for the administration, preservation and maintenance of any historic places acquired or historic museums established pursuant to this Act.

  • R.S., c. H-6, s. 3.


Marginal note:Board established
  •  (1) There is established a Board, to be called the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada, consisting of 16 members as follows:

    • (a) the Librarian and Archivist of Canada;

    • (b) an officer of the Canadian Museum of History designated by the member of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada who is designated by the Governor in Council under the Museums Act as the Minister responsible for that Museum;

    • (c) an officer of the Parks Canada Agency designated by the Minister; and

    • (d) one representative for each province or territory, to be appointed by the Governor in Council.

  • Marginal note:Eligibility of appointed members

    (2) A person is not eligible to be appointed or to continue as a representative for a province or a territory, unless that person resides in that province or territory.

  • Marginal note:Tenure of office

    (3) A member appointed by the Governor in Council holds office during pleasure for such period not exceeding five years as may be fixed by the Governor in Council.

  • Marginal note:Re-appointment

    (4) A retiring member of the Board is eligible for re-appointment.

  • R.S., 1985, c. H-4, s. 4;
  • R.S., 1985, c. 1 (3rd Supp.), s. 12;
  • 1990, c. 3, s. 32;
  • 1993, c. 28, s. 78;
  • 1995, c. 11, s. 24;
  • 2002, c. 7, s. 179;
  • 2004, c. 11, s. 31;
  • 2005, c. 2, s. 12;
  • 2010, c. 12, s. 1740;
  • 2013, c. 38, s. 14.