Applying for Designation

Every year, the Secretariat of the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada receives an average of 70 new nominations, 95% of which are submitted by the public.

Before sending your application, you will need to read through the Main Criteria and Guidelines section in order to ensure that the nominated subject meets the basic criteria and guidelines. The nomination must include all the components described in Components of a Nomination. It may take at least two years or more from the time an application is received and the Minister makes a decision following the Board’s recommendation. The HSMBC’s meeting agenda is fully booked one year in advance and the Board meets twice a year, in the spring and the fall. Please see the "Application Process" section for more details.

If you find the idea of preparing a nomination intimidating, remember that you need not carry out extensive historical research or analyses. Just provide the necessary information to guide the research and Parks Canada's Archaeology and History Branch will conduct the work.

Once you have gathered all the required information, you can either send us your application by e-mail at or by mail.

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