Research and Collection Permits
A permit is required for research and collection activities in locations administered by Parks Canada. This page details why and how to apply for and obtain a permit that will authorize archaeological, natural and social science research and collection activities.
Parks Canada research and collection permit applicant's guide
Information about the requirements, considerations, and process for obtaining a research and collection permit from Parks Canada
How to apply for a permit
Steps to apply for a Parks Canada Research and Collection Permit
Research and Collection Permit Project Proposal Form
Detailed form outlining the project, fieldwork and related considerations that must be attached to an application for a permit
Apply for a research and collection permit
The online form to submit an application for a Parks Canada Research and Collection Permit
Point of contact to assist applicants and permit holders with any questions related to research and collection permits
Location Specific Considerations for Research and Collection Permits
Information and conditions specific to individual heritage areas, including intake periods, travel considerations, and processing times
Parks Canada research priorities
Learn more about Parks Canada’s research priorities to determine how potential research projects may align
Investigator’s annual report
Information on how to submit a Principal Investigator’s Report for a Research and Collection Permit
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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