A Collaborative Effort!
The Canadian Register of Historic Places (CRHP) exists because
of a strong and effective collaborative effort between provincial,
territorial and federal jurisdictions. Thanks to each level of
government, the CRHP is an exceptional and definitive source for
learning about Canada's heritage!
A decade ago, the conservation community in Canada lacked a
standardized pan-Canadian approach to heritage conservation. Unlike
most major developed nations in the world, Canada did not possess a
comprehensive view of its built heritage. As a solution, a
collaborative arrangement between the federal, territorial and
provincial governments allowed the CRHP to quickly develop from a
common vision into a pan-Canadian list of designated historic
places accessible via a public Web site. In under a decade, the
CRHP has grown from an idea into a list of over 12,300 historic
places spanning the country. The CRHP is dependent on these
partners working together to fulfill our shared need to understand,
appreciate and monitor our historic places.
In the future, collaboration of the partners will be essential
to the success of the CRHP. With the full participation of all
provinces and territories, and the federal government, the CRHP can
bring to Canadians the most comprehensive and accurate profile of
the nation's historic places.
As a virtual gathering place for all jurisdictions, the new CRHP
Web site will provide an accurate and searchable database, while
also providing a place for information and documentation to be
posted for Canadians to access. An electronic copy of the
Standards and Guidelines for the Conservation of Historic Places in
Canada - which has been adopted as the national standard for
guidance on heritage conservation - will reside on the new Web
site, as well as rotating featured articles provided by each
jurisdiction and other partners.
For example, recent initiatives, such as the New Brunswick Heritage
Conservation Act was given royal assent on February 2010, or
the Government of Alberta's exceptional road trip guidebook, "Epic
Alberta", highlighting UNESCO world heritage sites and national,
provincial and municipal historic places, are featured on the site
for all Canadian citizens to read about and appreciate.
Through the new Web site, each jurisdiction can bring to the
national stage their successes in heritage conservation. Each
province and territory will profile their unique and special
qualities as managers of their cultural resources. Canadians will
have a better understanding and appreciation of their heritage, and
they will be able to find information on how to protect their
history and preserve it for future generations.