Contraventions and Prohibitions of the Heritage Conservation Act

Archaeological sites on both public and private land are protected under the Heritage Conservation Act, whether they are known or not, and must not be altered without a permit.


Reporting a Contravention of the Heritage Conservation Act

While contraventions of the Heritage Conservation Act (HCA) are not common, they do occur. Suspected contraventions of the HCA are investigated by Natural Resource Compliance and EnforcementIf you witness or are aware of a Natural Resource Violation, please fill out a Report of Natural Resource Violation form. Alternately, individuals can call 1 877-952-7277, (Option 2) toll-free or #7277 on a cellphone. Prohibitions and penalties for contraventions are detailed in section 13 of the Heritage Conservation Act

Heritage Conservation Specialist 

The Archaeology Branch employs a Cultural Heritage Conservation Specialist to act as the single point of contact at the Archaeology Branch for acts of non-compliance with the Heritage Conservation Act. The Cultural Heritage Conservation Specialist reports directly to the Archaeology Branch Director and works internally with all other Archaeology Branch sections, and externally with Compliance and Enforcement Branch.