Department of Canadian Heritage
The Department of Canadian Heritage, or simply Canadian Heritage ' onMouseout='HidePop("72857")' href="/topics/Ministry_(government_department)">department
Ministry (government department)
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 of the Government of Canada
Cabinet of Canada
The Cabinet of Canada is a body of ministers of the Crown that, along with the Canadian monarch, and within the tenets of the Westminster system, forms the government of Canada...

 with responsibility for policies and programs regarding the arts, culture
Culture of Canada
Canadian culture is a term that explains the artistic, musical, literary, culinary, political and social elements that are representative of Canada and Canadians, not only to its own population, but people all over the world. Canada's culture has historically been influenced by European culture and...

, media
Media in Canada
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, communications networks
Communications in Canada
-Telephone:Telephones – main lines in use: 18.251 million Telephones – mobile cellular: 23.081 million Telephone system:* general assessment: excellent service provided by modern technology...

, official languages (including La Francophonie
La Francophonie
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), status of women
Women's rights in Canada
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, sports
Sport in Canada
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 (including the 2010 Olympics
2010 Winter Olympics
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 in Vancouver
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), and multiculturalism
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. It also oversees Royal visits of the Queen of Canada and members of the royal family to Canada. It was formerly a part of the Department of Communications, until that department's technical side was merged into the Department of Industry in 1996, forming the Department of Canadian Heritage from its non-technical side. In late 2008, the multiculturalism component of this department was transferred to the Department of Citizenship and Immigration.

The current Minister of Canadian Heritage
Minister of Canadian Heritage
The Minister of Canadian Heritage is the Minister of the Crown in the Canadian Cabinet who heads the Department of Canadian Heritage, the federal government department responsible for Canada's Arts, Culture, Media, Communications network, and Sport....

 is the Honourable
The Honourable
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 James Moore
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The department's headquarters are in the Jules Léger Building (South) (Édifice Jules Léger (Sud)) in Terrasses de la Chaudière
Terrasses de la Chaudière
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, Gatineau
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, Quebec
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, across the Ottawa River
Ottawa River
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 from the Canadian capital of Ottawa
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Canadian Heritage funds the following

  • Aboriginal Friendship Centres
  • Aboriginal Languages Initiative
  • Aboriginal Languages Initiative Innovation Fund
  • Aboriginal Post-Secondary Scholarship Program
  • Aboriginal Women's Programming
  • Action Canada
  • Accent: Part-Time Language Assistant Program
  • Arts Presentation Canada (now Canada Arts Presentation Fund)
  • Athlete Assistance Program
  • Book Publishing Industry Development Program (now Canada Book Fund)
  • Building Communities through Arts and Heritage/li>
  • Canada Arts Presentation Fund (formerly Arts Presentation Canada)
  • Canada Arts Training Fund (formerly National Arts Training Contribution Program)
  • Canada Book Fund (formerly Book Publishing Industry Development Program)
  • Canada Cultural Investment Fund (formerly Canadian Arts and Heritage Sustainability Program[)
  • Canada Cultural Spaces Fund (formerly Cultural Spaces Canada)
  • Canada Interactive Fund
  • Canada Media Fund
    Canada Media Fund
    The Canada Media Fund is a merger of the Canadian Television Fund and the Canada New Media Fund, and opened its doors April 1, 2010. The CMF is an entity created by the Department of Canadian Heritage and the Canadian Cable Industry, although it is not a government agency, it is a public-private...

  • Canada Music Fund
  • Canada Periodical Fund (formerly Publications Assistance Program/Canada Magazine Fund)
  • Canada Travelling Exhibitions Indemnification Program
  • Canada/Territorial Co-operation Agreements for Aboriginal Language
  • Canadian Arts and Heritage Sustainability Program (now Canada Cultural Investment Fund)
  • Canadian Conservation Institute Internships
  • Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit
  • Canadian Studies Program
  • Celebrate Canada! Funding
  • Cultural Capitals of Canada
  • Cultural Connections for Aboriginal Youth (formerly Urban Multipurpose Aboriginal Youth Centre Initiative)
  • Cultural Development Fund
  • Cultural Spaces Canada (now Canada Cultural Spaces Fund)
  • Development of Official-Language Communities Program
  • Destination Clic: French Enrichment Bursary Program
  • Enhancement of Official Languages Program
  • Exchanges Canada Program
  • Explore: Second Language Summer Program
  • Film or Video Production Services Tax Credit
  • Hosting Program
  • Katimavik
    -Overview:Each Katimavik program consists of groups of 11 youths aged 17 to 21 who are drawn from all across Canada. They travel together to one or two different places in Canada for a period of six months. During the 2007-2008 program year there were 99 such groups spread across Canada...

  • Languages at Work
  • Movable Cultural Property Grants Program
  • Museums Assistance Program
  • National Aboriginal Day
    National Aboriginal Day
    National Aboriginal Day is a day recognizing and celebrating the cultures and contributions of the First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples of Canada. The day was first celebrated in 1996, after it was proclaimed that year by then Governor General of Canada Roméo LeBlanc, to be celebrated on June 21...

  • National Arts Training Contribution Program (now Canada Arts Training Fund)
  • Northern Aboriginal Broadcasting and Distribution Projects
  • Odyssey: Full-Time Language Assistant Program
  • Publications Assistance Program/Canada Magazine Fund (now Canada Periodical Fund)
  • Sport Support Program
  • Status of Women Funding Programs
  • Urban Multipurpose Aboriginal Youth Centre Initiative (now Cultural Connections for Aboriginal Youth)
  • Virtual Museum of Canada Investment Programs
  • Young Canada Works
  • Youth Take Charge

Related legislation

  • Department of Canadian Heritage Act
  • Broadcasting Act
    Broadcasting Act
    The Broadcasting Act is an Act of the Parliament of Canada regarding broadcasting of radiocommunications...

  • Canada Council Act
    Canada Council Act
    The Canada Council for the Arts Act is the establishing act of the Canada Council for the Arts, an organization established for the encouragement of the arts....

  • Canada Travelling Exhibitions Indemnification Act
  • Canadian Multiculturalism Act
  • Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission Act
  • Copyright Act
    Copyright Act of Canada
    Copyright Act of Canada is Canada's federal statute governing copyright law in Canada. The Copyright Act of Canada which was first passed in 1921 and substantially amended in 1988 and 1997. In 2005 an attempt to amend the Canadian Copyright Act was made but Bill C-60 did not pass into law before...

  • Cultural Property Export and Import Act
  • Final Implementation of An Act to Amend the Copyright Act (Bill C-32)
  • Fitness and Amateur Sport Act
  • Foreign Publishers Advertising Services Act
  • Income Tax Act
  • Investment Canada Act
    Investment Canada Act
    The Investment Canada Act is a Canadian Federal law governing large foreign direct investment in Canada. The ICA was one of the first acts of Brian Mulroney's newly elected Progressive Conservative government, receiving royal assent on June 20, 1985...

  • Library and Archives of Canada Act
  • Museums Act
  • National Arts Centre Act
  • National Film Act
  • National Sports of Canada Act
  • Official Languages Act
    Official Languages Act (Canada)
    The Official Languages Act is a Canadian law that came into force on September 9, 1969, which gives English and French equal status in the government of Canada. This makes them "official" languages, having preferred status in law over all other languages...

  • Physical Activity and Sport Act
  • Radiocommunication Act
    Radiocommunication Act
    The Radiocommunication Act is an Act of Parliament respecting radiocommunication in Canada.-External links:*...

  • Status of the Artist Act
  • Telecommunications Act
    Telecommunications Act (Canada)
    The Telecommunications Act of 1993 is an Act of the Parliament of Canada that regulates telecommunications by ensuring reliable services, protecting privacy, and to protect and encourage the Canadian media. The Act is administered by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission ...

  • Telefilm Canada Act

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