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Certificate of Canadian Origin

In response to problems encountered by artists whose work was being returned from exhibition or consignment abroad, a Certificate of Canadian Origin was developed by CARFAC with the approval of Revenue Canada and Customs and Excise. It is a document that identifies original works of art that are temporarily being exported abroad. This will allow works of art to pass through Customs without any GST implications.

Click here to download the Certificate of Canadian Origin

Processing Fees*:
For CARFAC members: $15 for the first certificate, $2 each for any other certificates being processed at the same time.
For Non-Members: $30 for the first certificate, $5 each for any other certificates being processed at the same time.
* fees effective as of September 1, 2017
Please note that a Certificate is not valid and will not be accepted by Customs if it is not signed by the National Director of CARFAC National (or their delegate) and is not stamped with the official seal of CARFAC. The Certificate is simple to fill out. Photocopy as many copies as you may need and clearly print out all necessary details. Note that one certificate is required for each individual work of art.

Fees & timeline:
Please note that the turnaround time for certificate is 2 weeks, plus shipping. Rush requests will be considered on an individual basis and an additional $25 rush fee will be applied to orders needed in less than 2 weeks. Additional costs for express postage may also apply and will be charged in addition to regular fees.

CARFAC Ontario does not process Certificates; please contact CARFAC National for processing:

    CARFAC  National
    Renuka Bauri, Advocacy and Communications Director
    2 Daly Avenue, Suite 250, Ottawa, ON, K1N 6E2
    Phone: (613) 233-6161 / Fax: (613) 233-6162 / Toll-free: 1 (866) 344-6161
    communications@carfac.ca / www.carfac.ca

If you are not a CARFAC member:

In order to meet Customs requirements, another artist who is in good standing with CARFAC and is knowledgeable with your work must verify each work of art by filling out the section under "Certification by CARFAC". The Certificate may be used by a party other than the artists (e.g., a private collector) if the registered owner section is completed and provided no change of ownership takes place during the temporary export.

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