Foreign Cultural Objects Immunity from Seizure Act

R.S.O. 1990, CHAPTER F.23

Consolidation Period: From November 26, 2002 to the e-Laws currency date.

Last amendment: 2002, c.18, Sched.F, s.1.

Immunity of certain foreign cultural objects from seizure while in Ontario

1.  (1)  When any work of art or other object of cultural significance from a foreign country is brought into Ontario pursuant to an agreement between the foreign owner or custodian thereof and the Government of Ontario or any cultural or educational institution in Ontario providing for the temporary exhibition or display thereof in Ontario administered, operated or sponsored by the Government of Ontario or any such cultural or educational institution, no proceeding shall be taken in any court and no judgment, decree or order shall be enforced in Ontario for the purpose or having the effect of depriving the Government of Ontario or such institution, or any carrier engaged in transporting such work or object within Ontario, of custody or control of such work or object if, before such work or object is brought into Ontario, the Minister determines that such work or object is of cultural significance and that the temporary exhibition or display thereof in Ontario is in the interest of the people of Ontario and notice of the Minister’s determination is published in The Ontario Gazette. R.S.O. 1990, c. F.23, s. 1 (1); 2002, c. 18, Sched. F, s. 1 (1).

Subs. (1) not to preclude enforcement of agreements, etc.

(2)  Subsection (1) does not preclude any judicial action for or in aid of the enforcement of the terms of any such agreement or the enforcement of the obligation of any carrier under any contract for the transportation of any such work or object or the fulfilment of any obligation assumed by the Government of Ontario or such institution pursuant to any such agreement. R.S.O. 1990, c. F.23, s. 1 (2).

Definition of Minister

(3)  In this Act,

“Minister” means the Minister of Culture or such other member of the Executive Council to whom the administration of this Act may be assigned under the Executive Council Act. 2002, c. 18, Sched. F, s. 1 (2).



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