Your voice is needed to help create a better climate for investing in and renewing historic places. Take action on current national campaigns, or find valuable resources for your own local campaign.

Do you think #Budget2019 should include historic places? Add your signature. Raise your voice.

We are entering an exciting new phase in the Year of Action for historic places! Liberal MP John Aldag has agreed to sponsor a parliamentary petition that calls on the Minister of the Environment to ensure substantial funding for historic places in Federal Budget 2019.

What’s the strategy?

The goal of the Year of Action #changethegame4heritage campaign is to build momentum and have thousands of signatures by the end of the summer, combined with personal meetings with every Member of Parliament while they are home in their riding, and hosting a Day of Action on Parliament Hill when the House resumes sitting, just as MPs and cabinet ministers are finalizing their priorities for Budget 2019. Stay tuned for updates and instructions throughout the summer.

Help ensure that your MP will have a reason to take notice of historic places this fall. Be part of this grassroots movement!

How you can get involved.

  • Sign the parliamentary petition: Our collective job now is to demonstrate grassroots support by obtaining as many signatures on the petition as possible
  • Share the e-petition with your contacts
  • Collect signatures on the paper petition
  • Meet with your MP concerning #Budget2019: Prepare for a meeting with your MP by reading the National Trust and its partner organizations’ submission recommending federal funding for historic places in Budget 2019 and the toolkit for action.
  • Help build the case: We need your local examples of places in need (or already lost) due to lack of investment. These ARE ESSENTIAL to prove that doing nothing will have negative consequences for the economy, the environment and quality of life.  Email us or tweet @nationaltrustca with every example you can find!
  • Make noise over social media: Share your places at risk using our sample tweets in our toolkit for action.
  • Support the Coalition: Offer your expertise.  Make a donation toward research and advocacy expenses. Join our bi-weekly calls – just 30 minutes max every other week to hear what’s happening, and learn how you can help.

Bi-weekly teleconference call information

July 24, August 7, 21, September 4, 18, October 2
Every second Tuesday at 2 p.m. EDT, 30 min max
Toll Free Number:   1-866-999-9779
Participant’s Code:  469414

National Trust contact information

Chris Wiebe
Manager, Heritage Policy & Government Relations
National Trust for Canada
T 613-237-1066 ext. 227

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JUNE 2018

Minister McKenna open to increased funding for National Cost-sharing Program for Heritage Places – Jun 5, 2018

Parks Canada CEO Underscores Federal Leadership in Canada’s Built Heritage – Jun 5, 2018

Parks Canada’s CEO was asked about the state of conservation. He responded: “…we’re responsible for some of the most iconic cultural heritage sites in the country and the monies in recent budgets has allowed us to do a several billions worth of work to protect that.” He also noted that Parks Canada is engaging with provinces and territories and that he would be attending the Yellowknife FPT meeting. MP Aldag commented favourably on that, and also that he has heard from P&Ts that they want the Minister of the Environment, responsible for Canada’s built heritage, at those meetings as well.


In February, the Federal Government released a budget with no financial measures to encourage investment in historic places, and no word on the future of the National Cost-Sharing Program for Heritage Places.  On March 21, Bill C323 was killed in the House of Commons – terminating a Conservative-led proposal for heritage rehabilitation tax incentives that saw widespread support from organizations, municipalities, property owners and Heritage advocates.

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.



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