Canadian Heritage is responsible for managing proposals for new commemorative monuments.

A successful commemorative monument communicates the importance of the subject and enhances the physical setting, helping to create a sense of place.

In accordance with section 12 of the National Capital Act, the NCC is responsible for federal approval of both the land to be used and the design of new commemorative monuments to be built on federal lands in Canada’s Capital Region. Ideas for commemorative monuments and the funding to create them come from individuals and groups across Canada. The NCC, in collaboration with Canadian Heritage, facilitates the development of new monuments, and maintains existing ones that are located on NCC lands. The NCC does not provide direct funding for monuments.

The NCC has an inventory of potential monument sites. The site of a new monument is chosen from the inventory, in consultation with project donors and Canadian Heritage.