It is the policy of the Government of Canada to protect and manage archaeological resources3.  This document provides guidance to the Parks Canada Agency in its implementation of this policy and in applying Parks Canada’s CRM Policy to the management of its archaeological resources.

In this respect, these Guidelines are a framework to support Field Unit Superintendents in their accountability to ensure the protection and management of archaeological resources within their areas of responsibility

Map of Canada with Borden Grid overlaid

Map of Canada with Borden Grid overlaid
© Archaeological Survey of Canada, Museum of Civilization

These guidelines provide direction to all Parks Canada personnel, other organizations and individuals undertaking projects and activities that may affect terrestrial and submerged archaeological resources in heritage areas administered by Parks Canada. These include National Parks of Canada, National Historic Sites of Canada,4 National Marine Conservation Areas of Canada, National Park Reserves of Canada and National Marine Conservation Area Reserves. Parks Canada archaeologists also provide support to National Historic Sites not directly administered by Parks Canada. These guidelines apply to contribution agreements and cost-sharing agreements. Federal land managers seeking advice on the management of archaeological resources could also use these guidelines. The application of these guidelines may be affected by legislation and federal policies concerning Aboriginal land claim settlement provisions.

3 Government of Canada Archaeological Heritage Policy Framework
4 Historic Canals are considered part of the national historic sites family.


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