Bill for heritage tax credits introduced in parliament

From The Heritage Trust:

Today, a Private Member’s Bill to create tax credits for rehabilitation of historic places was tabled in the House by Peter van Loan (Conservative critic for Canadian Heritage and National Historic Sites). Bill C-323 is designed to limit the destruction of Canada’s heritage buildings, and encourage rehabilitation of properties in the Canadian Register of Historic Places. For more information visit:

This is an idea that has had widespread support from heritage advocates, federal, provincial, territorial and municipal governments, and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities over the years. It’s exciting to see it tabled in the House and given first reading. We know that the tax system can  be a powerful tool to stimulate private investment in heritage buildings. In the United States, the introduction of a 20 percent federal tax credit for rehabilitation of heritage buildings 40 years ago revolutionized the way developers think about old buildings and launched a booming and competitive preservation industry.

Canada’s coolest school trip

Students at Batoche National Historic Site. Parks Canada photo, Hogarth Photography 2011.

Students at Batoche National Historic Site. (Parks Canada photo, Hogarth Photography 2011.)

The My Parks Pass program has launched the sixth edition of the Canada’s Coolest School Trip contest. This year’s winning grade eight/secondary two class will visit Parks Canada places in Nova Scotia, including a visit to Canada’s first national historic site, Fort Anne, on a five-day, all-expense-paid trip to celebrate Canada 150 and the 100th anniversary of National Historic Sites in Canada. For more information visit

This Place Matters competition launched

ThisPlaceMattersWhat could your community do with $40,000? Take up your tablets, click on your cell phones and head to your computers! The National Trust for Canada is pleased to announce the launch of the 2016 This Place Matters competition. This online, social media-driven competition allows Canadians to vote and donate to save places that matter to them.

Fourteen communities from across the country are participating in this national crowdsourced competition with the chance to win $40,000. In addition to earning votes, participating community groups can use this innovative web platform to raise money for their projects and gain access to training and tools to help them run a successful campaign.  Canadians are invited to visit to view the participating projects and vote for the project that resonates with them.

Ry Moran to address national conference

Ry Moran will be a featured speaker at Heritage Rising, the 2016 National Trust Conference.

Ry Moran will be a featured speaker at Heritage Rising, the 2016 National Trust Conference.

Building relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people will be a key focus of Heritage Rising, the National Trust’s 2016 conference in Hamilton this fall.

Ry Moran, first director of the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, will speak on the challenges of how to commemorate the physical legacy of residential school buildings and sites.

Before joining the Centre, Moran oversaw the collection of nearly 7,000 statements from residential school survivors for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

As well, a special roundtable will discuss how to move beyond mere consultation to meaningful engagement between Indigenous and non-Indigenous heritage advocates.

The Hamilton Indigenous Heritage Roundtable 2016, Going Beyond Consultation, will draw on Ontario case studies to understand how true relationships are built and nourished over time. Participants will discuss how to resolve issues and find ways to “break through the dominance of western viewpoints in land-use planning and natural and cultural heritage conservation,” the program description states.

The Oct. 19-23 conference will feature numerous other learning and discussion activities, opening on Day 1 with a workshop on regenerating faith places and ending on Day 5 with a tour of historic wineries.

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