Backgrounder Article from parkscanada

The Tentative List is an inventory of natural and cultural heritage properties with strong potential to be inscribed on the World Heritage List. World Heritage sites are exceptional places around the world that are considered to have Outstanding Universal Value — these sites are as diverse as the Pyramids of Egypt, Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, and include the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks and the Rideau Canal.

World Heritage Sites represents some of humanity’s most outstanding achievements and nature’s most inspiring creations. Before a site can be presented for inscription as a World Heritage Site, it must be included on a country’s tentative list.

A public process is currently underway to solicit applications for consideration for Canada’s Tentative List for World Heritage Sites. Canadians are invited to submit applications over a six-month period, ending January 27, 2017.

Applications should conform to World Heritage standards. They must demonstrate that the proposed site has potential Outstanding Universal Value – the core requirement for all sites inscribed on the World Heritage List – by satisfying one or more of ten natural and cultural criteria. They must also meet additional World Heritage requirements for integrity and authenticity, be effectively managed and protected, and enjoy broad local support.

Applications will be reviewed by an independent Ministerial Advisory Committee of Canadian experts in the fields of natural and cultural heritage. The Advisory Committee will recommend to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada those properties with strong potential for successful inscription as World Heritage Sites.

The Minister will announce Canada’s updated Tentative List for World Heritage in 2017 as part of Canada 150 celebrations.

For more information on the Ministerial Advisory Committee for the update of Canada’s Tentative List for World Heritage Sites, please refer to www.pc.gc.ca