Research and collection permits
Information about the requirements, considerations, and process for obtaining a research and collection permit.
Steps to apply for a research and collection permit.
Detailed form outlining your project, fieldwork and related considerations that must be attached to an application for a research and collection permit.
The online form to submit an application for a research and collection permit.
Point of contact to assist applicants and permit holders with any questions related to research and collection permits.
Information and conditions specific to individual Parks Canada locations, including intake periods, travel considerations, and processing times.
Learn more about Parks Canada’s research priorities to determine how potential research project may align.
Information on how to submit a principal investigator’s report.
Why permits are required
Research and collection permits authorize activities that are otherwise prohibited within locations administered by Parks Canada. Permitted research and collection activities are authorized for the purposes of improving our collective knowledge and understanding of Canada's natural and cultural heritage.
When permits are required
Archaeology, natural and social science
Permits are required for all archaeological, natural and social science research and collection activities in locations administered by Parks Canada.
Research and collection permits do not apply to historical research conducted in locations administered by Parks Canada.
To conduct historical research, you must contact the research coordinator responsible for the location where you want to do the research.
Where permits are required
Research and collection permits apply to all locations administered by Parks Canada, including:
- national historic sites of Canada administered by Parks Canada (including historic canals)
- national parks of Canada and national park reserves of Canada
- national marine conservation areas of Canada and national marine conservation area reserves of Canada (including Saguenay -St. Lawrence Marine Park)
- national urban parks
- other federal lands administered by Parks Canada (including Pingo Canadian Landmark, and submerged lands)
Do you need more information or assistance?
Permit holders and prospective applicants are encouraged to communicate directly with the research coordinator responsible for the location of interest for additional information or assistance.
For technical support, general questions about research and the permitting process at Parks Canada, or to provide feedback, email: email@example.com.
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