Department of Canadian Heritage

The Department of Canadian Heritage, or simply Canadian Heritage (French: Patrimoine canadien), is the department of the Government of Canada that has roles and responsibilities related to initiatives that promote and support "Canadian identity and values, cultural development, and heritage."[2]

Canadian Heritage
Patrimoine canadien
Department overview
Department responsible for creativity, arts and culture; heritage and celebration; sport; diversity and inclusion; and official languages
Employees1,843.3 FTE (2019‒20)
Annual budget
  • CA$3.89 billion (2020)
  • CA$3.66 billion
  • CA$3.97 billion (2018)[1]
Ministers responsible
Deputy Ministers responsible
  • Hélène Laurendeau, Deputy Minister of Canadian Heritage
  • Gina Wilson, Deputy Minister of Diversity and Inclusion and Youth; and Senior Associate Deputy for Canadian Heritage
  • Isabelle Mondou, Associate Deputy Minister of Canadian Heritage
Key document

The department is administered by the Deputy Minister, currently Hélène Laurendeau,[3] who is appointed by the Governor in Council,[4] and it reports directly to the Minister of Canadian Heritage, who is currently Steven Guilbeault.

Under its current mandate, the jurisdiction of Canadian Heritage encompasses, but is not limited to, jurisdiction over: the promotion of human rights, fundamental freedoms and related values; multiculturalism; the arts; cultural heritage and industries, including performing arts, visual and audio-visual arts, publishing, sound recording, film, video, and literature; national battlefields; the encouragement, promotion, and development of sport; the advancement of official bilingualism; state ceremonial and Canadian symbols; broadcasting, except in regards to spectrum management and the technical aspects of broadcasting; the development of cultural policy, including such policy as it relates to foreign investment and copyright; the conservation, exportation and importation of cultural property; the organization, sponsorship, and promotion of public activities and events, in the National Capital Region, that will "enrich the cultural and social fabric of Canada;" and national museums, archives and libraries.[4]

To fulfill these tasks, the department coordinates a portfolio of several agencies and corporations that operate in a similar area of interest. While the roles and responsibilities of Canadian Heritage have remained relatively constant over the years, the department and composition of its portfolio remain in flux due to continuing structural changes.