The Canadian Conservation Institute has resumed most of its activities.

Please note that restrictions issued given COVID-19 may have an impact on our ability to deliver services and access the CCI facility. However, we will assess any new requests based on their urgency and the date of receipt so that we can provide services to our clients in a fair manner. Additionally, response times may be delayed.

The delivery of all in-person or on-site services will also depend on Covid-19 restrictions issued by local public health and by the Government of Canada for its employees. These restrictions will also have an impact on travel and on access to various sites or other buildings.

We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your understanding.

Artifact analysis and examination request

The Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI) offers scientific, analytical, radiographic and photographic services to study the materials, structure and light sensitivity of artifacts and works of art.

Examples of service include:

  • Documentation and analysis of artifacts and works of art
  • Physical and chemical analysis of samples such as pigments, corrosion products, wood, natural and synthetic fibres, metals and alloys, organic materials, etc.
  • Scientific studies in support of museum acquisitions of artifacts and works of art and investigations by law enforcement agencies related to questions of attribution, authenticity and fraud
  • Microfade testing to identify objects that are at high risk of damage from exposure to light
  • Your online session will expire if it has been inactive for 60 minutes. For security reasons the system is not designed to save your information and you will lose all information previously entered.

What you need before starting

There are four pages on the form. Page 1 (below) is your contact information, page 2 requires detailed information about your request, page 3 allows you to attach supporting documentation, and page 4 allows you to review your request before submitting it.

Before starting to fill out this form, please ensure that you have all of the following information, which will be required on page 2 of the request form:

  • Purpose of the analysis
  • Anticipated benefits and uses of the results of this analysis/examination
  • Type of object
  • Object description
  • Object name or title
  • Accession number
  • Owner contact information
  • Object creation date
  • Attribution
  • Dimensions (metric)
  • Weight (metric)
  • Condition of the object
  • Significance of the object
  • Requested completion date
  • Attachments

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    Personal information collection statement

    Privacy notice

    The collection of personal information is authorized by the Department of Canadian Heritage and is required to administrate your request and prepare a reply. Collection and use of this personal information is in accordance with the Privacy Act. Such information may be used for evaluation, statistical and reporting purposes. The personal information collected is described in Personal Information Bank PSU 914 (Public Communications) and will be retained for 5 to 7 years. The information you provide is done voluntarily. Failure to provide the required information will result in the rejection of your request. Under the Privacy Act you have the right of access to, and correction of, your personal information. To exercise either of these rights, contact Canadian Heritage’s ATIP Coordinator by email at If you are not satisfied with Canadian Heritage’s response to your privacy concern, you may wish to contact the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada by telephone at 1-800-282-1376.


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