The Canadiana Fund

Photo of the GRANT DE LONGUEUIL EPERGNE, made in 1759
The “Grant de Longueuil Epergne,” made by Thomas Pitts, a noted London silversmith, in 1759.

Preserving Our Common Heritage

In 1990, a group of dedicated volunteers joined together to create the Canadiana Fund. It purpose is to enhance the beauty and significance of state areas of the official residences, through public donations of furnishings, paintings and objets d’art, or the funds to purchase them.

The Canadiana Fund has truly been a national success story. Its contribution to the official residences has been immense, whether in the form of artwork, furniture, or rare and precious objects. In 24 years, the Canadiana Fund has donated over 1,700 items, the value of which is more than $8 million. That is quite an achievement.

The pieces chosen often reflect Canada’s heritage, artistic traditions and historical associations, or they may complement the architectural style of a particular residence.

Many of the pieces highlighted in the virtual tours of the official residences on this website were generously donated through the Canadiana Fund.

This virtual tour will help you discover and better understand these treasures that are part of Canada’s history. It is through the generosity of the Canadiana Fund that we are able to acquire these important historical pieces on behalf of all Canadians.

Acquisitions made through the Canadiana Fund become part of the Crown Collection of the official residences of Canada, the inventory of all the significant artifacts owned and preserved for the official residences.

You can contribute to Canada’s heritage

Are you passionate about history? Would you like to contribute to our country’s rich heritage? Your gift could decorate and enhance the state areas in one of the official residences of Canada’s Capital.

If you are interested, the Canadiana Fund invites you to make a donation, whether it’s fine Canadian furnishings, paintings or objets d’art. The Canadiana Fund would welcome a description and photograph of each item.

A gift to the Canadiana Fund is a gift to the Crown, and a tax receipt will be issued by the National Capital Commission (NCC) for all accepted donations for the year in which they are received. Receipts are based on the full fair market value of the gift. When donating an object of outstanding significance or national importance, as certified by the Canadian Cultural Property Export Review Board, a donor may also benefit from a capital gains tax exemption. Financial contributions toward the enhancement and refurbishment of the official residences are also welcome, and tax receipts will be issued.

Donors are advised to consult with their own tax advisors as to the implications of any donation.

For more information, please contact the Canadiana Fund at 613-239-5678, ext. 5666, or send an email to canadianafund@ncc-ccn.ca

Your gift will be appreciated by all Canadians.