Department of Canadian Heritage

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Canadian Heritage
Patrimoine canadien
CanadianHeritage Logo.png
Department overview
Formed 1993
Type Department responsible for
  • Citizenship and Heritage
  • Cultural Affairs
  • International and Intergovernmental Affairs and Sport
  • Planning and Corporate Affairs
  • Public and Regional Affairs
Jurisdiction Canada
Ministers responsible
Deputy Minister responsible
  • Graham Flack
Terrasses de la Chaudière, home of the head office of the Department of Canadian Heritage

The Department of Canadian Heritage, or simply Canadian Heritage (French: Patrimoine canadien), is the department of the Government of Canada with responsibility for policies and programs regarding the arts, culture, media, communications networks, official languages (including La Francophonie), status of women, sports (including the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver), and multiculturalism. 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 is the Honourable Mélanie Joly.

The department's headquarters are in the Jules Léger Building (South) (Édifice Jules Léger (Sud)) in Terrasses de la Chaudière, Gatineau, Quebec,[1] across the Ottawa River from the Canadian capital of Ottawa.

Officials and Structure[edit]

Minister of Canadian Heritage
Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities
Minister of Status of Women


Canadian Heritage funds the following:[2]

Related legislation[edit]


  1. ^ "Contact Us." Canadian Heritage. Retrieved on February 4, 2011. "Address: Canadian Heritage 15 Eddy Street Gatineau, Quebec K1A 0M5." Address in French: "Adresse : Patrimoine canadien 15, rue Eddy Gatineau, Québec K1A 0M5"
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