National historic designations illustrate the defining moments in Canada’s history and the diverse and complex stories that we share. Together, they provide a narrative of who we are and connect us to our past, enriching our understanding of ourselves, each other, and our country.

National historic persons

Persons who have made an outstanding contribution to the history of Canada.

National historic site designations

Places that have had a significant impact on the history of Canada.

National historic events

Events that represent a defining action, episode, movement, or experience in the history of Canada.

Heritage lighthouses

Heritage lighthouses designated under the Heritage Lighthouse Protection Act and their conservation.

Heritage railway stations

Heritage railway stations designated under the Heritage Railway Stations Protection Act and their conservation.

Grave sites of Canadian prime ministers

Conservation and promotion of our deceased Canadian prime ministers’ grave sites.

Residential schools in Canada

Designated subjects of national historic significance related to Residential Schools in Canada.

About national historic designations

Submit a nomination

Nominate a person, place or event for designation under the National Program of Historical Commemoration.

Request a review of an existing designation

Parks Canada and the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada are working to review and update existing designations and plaque texts.

Apply for funding

Apply for funding to support the conservation and presentation of designated historic places.

Commemorative plaques

Learn about the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada bronze commemorative plaques.

Framework for History and Commemoration: National Historic Sites System Plan 2019

The Framework for History and Commemoration: National Historic Sites System Plan 2019 provides strategic direction for Parks Canada and the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada.

Resources

Available documentation, useful links, Access to Information and Privacy

Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada

Information about the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada

About the Board

Mandate, history of the Board, strategic priorities and processes, candidate selection criteria.

Meet the Board members

Composition, appointed members.

Contact us

Contact us for more information about the work of the Board.