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A Year of Action to #changethegame4heritage
Join us for a year of action to change the game for historic places. You’ll learn about civic action, have access to a government relations experts, and you’ll be part of tangible change.
This is the beginning of an important era for heritage practitioners and advocates: an essential opportunity to engage in a focused and productive relationship with Government, in particular the office of the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, and Parks Canada, the federal government’s lead on heritage conservation. We urge all heritage advocates, practitioners and supporters to participate and take action. A united voice and a coordinated approach are essential, as we’ve learned from the successes of the environmental movement and the arts.
1 – Getting to Know the Issues
- ENVI Report – Preserving Canada’s Heritage: The Foundation for Tomorrow
- Minister McKenna’s Press Release Response
- Heritage Sector Response to ENVI report
- Overview of Heritage Conservation in Canada – National Trust at ENVI
- Liberal Election 2015 Response
- Evidence at ENVI Committee
- Bill C-323
- Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO) Cost Estimate of C-323
- National Trust Financial Incentives Report (2014)
- Commercial Heritage Properties Incentive Fund (CHPIF) Impact Study (2010)
2 – Meeting with Your MP
- Find Your MP’s contact information
- When Your MP will be in their Riding – Parliamentary Sitting Calendar
- Letter to MP (Template) – Introducing Issue and Requesting a Meeting
- Tips for Meeting with Your MP
- Presentation Deck and Speaking Notes for Your MP Meeting
3 – Support from the National Trust / Invitation to Connect
You are invited to join this teleconference with a pan-Canadian working group of leaders and champions and Government Relations expert Gil Barrows to keep the conversation going on federal action for historic places. An expanding network of organizations and individuals are now on board – please feel free to share this with your networks.
- Bi-weekly teleconference call information
- Toll Free Number: 1-866-999-9779
- Participant’s Code: 469414
- Webinar: Get ready for a year of action to #changethegame4heritage
- National Trust contact information
- Chris Wiebe
Manager, Heritage Policy & Government Relations
National Trust for Canada
T 613-237-1066 ext. 227
- Chris Wiebe
The loss of Bill C-323 is not the end… It’s the beginning
The House of Commons Environment and Sustainable Development Committee’s November 28 recommendation not to proceed with Bill C-323 is deeply disappointing. However, the Committee’s report released on December 4, Preserving Canada’s Heritage: The Foundation for Tomorrow, signals a broader federal vision for historic places and recommendations for a range of measures. (Find Minister McKenna’s response here)
Here is what the Committee said about Bill C-323:
“The Committee is supportive of the principle of Bill C-323 and believes that financial incentives, including tax credits, which encourage investment in the rehabilitation of historic properties and heritage places is necessary; however, the Committee notes the following concerns with the Bill…”
Please find the full Committee response here.
Why is the loss of Bill C-323 the beginning? It is an important opportunity to insist on even more substantial gains for heritage than those proposed in Bill C-323.
We urge everyone with a stake in historic places to be informed, be active and be part of the movement.
Here is what individuals can do:
- Sign on to the National Trust’s statement of priorities for federal action here.
- Sign up for our newsletter so we can keep you informed and engaged.
Here is what organizations can do.
Making the Case for Historic Places
Whether your campaign is local or national, our tool kit can arm you with valuable facts and case studies.