In a recent report Michael Moir, Head of Archives and Special collections wrote:
“Recently (we) participated in a mandatory review of our status as a Category A organization under the Cultural Property Export and Import Act. I am pleased to report that we were successful in this review, and that we have retained our status as a Category A organization.” York University is one of 270 designated institutions in Canada.
Why is it important?
The Movable Cultural Property Program supports the preservation of Canada’s artistic, historic and scientific heritage through the Cultural Property Export and Import Act. The provisions of the Act help to ensure that cultural property of outstanding significance and national importance remains in Canada by: designating Canadian organizations to preserve cultural property and make it accessible to the public; providing tax incentives that encourage Canadians to donate or sell important cultural property to designated organizations & awarding grants to help with the purchase of cultural property.
This means York has the ability to provide tax receipts to individuals whose materials are deemed to be cultural property, thereby encouraging them to donate their material to us.