Approved by the Treasury Board of Canada in 2008, the Special Operating Agency Framework of the Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI) defines the mission, policies and guidelines governing the strategic objectives and activities of CCI. It also describes the relationship and sharing of responsibilities between CCI and the Department of Canadian Heritage (PCH), and sets out a planning and evaluation framework for accountability. It specifies the PCH delegation of authorities and the flexibilities afforded the Chief Operating Officer of CCI.

Organization and Operation

The Director General and Chief Operating Officer of CCI is accountable to the Deputy Minister of PCH through the Assistant Deputy Minister, Citizenship and Heritage.

As a centre of excellence in conservation, CCI is committed to promoting the preservation of Canada's rich cultural heritage by contributing to the conservation and preservation knowledge, skills and practices of the heritage community and institutions across Canada. This goal is accomplished through its specialization in conservation science, treatment, and preventive conservation, and through three business lines: research and development, expert services and professional development. CCI’s activities support the attainment of two of the Department's strategic priorities:

  • Canadian artistic and cultural content are created and accessible at home and abroad
  • Canadians share, express and appreciate their Canadian identity

As a Special Operating Agency of PCH, CCI is financed through appropriations received through the Department and through cost recovery for its services, training and publications – the Institute is required to recover some costs so that it can maintain current levels of service to clients and develop and introduce new services to address emerging challenges of conservation and preventive conservation.

Planning and Reporting

CCI sets out its annual corporate direction and priorities through the PCH Report on Plans and Priorities. CCI reports its results achieved through the PCH Departmental Performance Report and through the CCI Annual Review.