Parks Canada has drafted a new system plan for national historic sites. This new system plan, titled Framework for History and Commemoration: National Historic Sites System Plan 2019, outlines the direction for the Agency.

The period of consultation has now come to an end. Parks Canada values the role of public engagement in drafting the Framework for History and Commemoration: National Historic Sites System Plan 2019. Your feedback is important to us, and Parks Canada thanks you for participating in this process. A report on what we heard during consultations will be available soon.


About the Draft National Historic Site System Plan

The draft Framework for History and Commemoration: National Historic Sites System Plan 2019 includes new strategic priorities that will guide Parks Canada in continuing to build an inclusive system reflecting Canada’s diverse histories of persons, places, and events of national historic significance.

Drawing on public history concepts, it presents principles, strategic priorities, key practices, and historical thinking concepts that will contribute to transforming the history experience at heritage places.

This plan also outlines the approach of the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada towards existing designations where the reasons for national historic significance need to be reconsidered.

Read the draft system plan


Frequently asked questions

What is Parks Canada Agency seeking to do?

Parks Canada is seeking input from partners, community stakeholders, and the general public about the Agency’s new system plan titled Framework for History and Commemoration: National Historic Sites System Plan 2019.

The Agency is consulting Canadians to ensure that their views are reflected in the Framework for History and Commemoration, which establishes the strategic priorities that will guide Parks Canada and The Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada in their work to communicate and engage Canadians in the history of the country.

What is Parks Canada’s Framework for History and Commemoration: National Historic Sites System Plan 2019?

It is a new plan for Parks Canada’s heritage places that provides guidance, based on new strategic priorities and key practices for presenting public history. Parks Canada is seeking to tell broader, more inclusive stories in the places we manage. We want to ensure that the stories we share represents the diversity, complexity, and perspectives of all Canadians.

Why does Parks Canada need a new system plan?

Parks Canada is mandated to protect and present nationally significant examples of Canada’s natural and cultural heritage for current and future generations.

As per the Parks Canada Agency Act, the Agency is required to have a long-term plan in place for national historic sites. The Framework for History and Commemoration: National Historic Sites System Plan 2019 fulfils this legislative requirement and contributes to delivering on Parks Canada’s mandate. It replaces Parks Canada’s previous system plan that was approved in 2000, and will guide how history is shared at heritage places across the country.

Consultation timeline

  • March 14 – April 14, 2019: Online public consultation
  • Spring: Review of feedback and final report