The Board is composed of a representative from each province and territory (named by the Governor in Council for appointments of up to five years with the possibility of additional terms), as well as the Librarian and Archivist of Canada, an officer of the Canadian Museum of History and the Vice-President of Parks Canada’s Heritage Conservation and Commemoration Directorate, who also acts as the Board’s Secretary. View the list and biographical notes of current Board members.
- Reside in the province or territory he or she represents;
- Have knowledge of the history of the province or territory that he or she represents, as well as the historical trends that shaped the development of Canada as a whole;
- Be available to attend quarterly meetings of several days in duration, in addition to lengthy preparation time, as well as to officiate at plaque unveiling ceremonies a few times a year; and
- Have a reading comprehension of English and French.
Given the volume of work involved in carrying out its mandate, the Board created a number of committees with specific responsibilities. For example, the Lighthouse Committee evaluates the reports on lighthouses and makes recommendations on their designation under the Heritage Lighthouse Protection Act, the Inscriptions Committee reviews and approves texts on commemorative plaques and the Status of Designations Committee clarifies the objective of existing designations.