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Federal Action Needed – COVID-19 and the Heritage Places Sector Recommendations for Recovery

Help Drive a Green Recovery with #ShovelReadyHeritage

Since the inaugural ‘gatherings of the heritage clan’ on April 2, hundreds have participated in these productive bi-weekly Zoom calls to share the issues they and their heritage organizations and sites and are facing. Those discussions spawned a letter signed by the National Trust and 22 partner organizations recommending $200 million in federal stimulus funds earmarked for projects at heritage places.


Government will be looking for “shovel ready projects” to stimulate the economy post-COVID-19. Help us tell the Prime Minister that the smartest, greenest use of stimulus funding would unlock billions of dollars of capital construction and other investments for older/heritage buildings. Why? Because these investments will create more ‘green’ jobs than new construction, spur private investment, and contribute to community resilience over the long term.

Let’s crowdsource the list of potential construction projects at older and heritage places – repair, additions, retrofit, emergency stabilization work – that are ready to go, or could be ready soon.

Use one or more of these options to share your project or potential investment with decision-makers:

This #ShovelReadyHeritage project at (name of site) will support my community’s economic recovery.  @CanadianPM  @nationaltrustca  [and tag your own MP]

(Name of site)­­­ is ready to build a green future; we have a project that is #ShovelReadyHeritage.  @CanadianPM  @nationaltrustca [and tag your own MP]

This #ShovelReadyHeritage project will create green jobs and support community resilience. @CanadianPM  @nationaltrustca [and tag your own MP]

National Trust Concerned by Proposed Changes to Ontario Heritage Act

Tabled on May 2nd, 2019, the Government of Ontario’s Bill 108 – More Homes, More Choice – proposes dramatic changes to the Ontario Heritage Act (OHA), along with 18 other pieces of legislation such as the Planning Act and Environmental Assessment Act. The Ontario Government is soliciting online comments on the proposed changes until June 1. The National Trust is consulting with provincial stakeholders on the implications of the Bill. Stay tuned for more insights and information.

Background and Reponses to Bill 108:

Urge the Senate to Pass Bill C-374 Ensuring Indigenous Representation on the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada

Private Member’s Bill C-374 responds to TRC Call to Action 79i by increasing the number of members on the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada to provide for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis representation. The Bill passed the House of Commons with unanimous consent in April 2018, but has been slow to move through the Senate. It is now at risk of being lost when Parliament rises for the summer – a significant blow to progress on reconciliation and historic places.

We need your help! We encourage you to write to the three Senate leaders and urge them to expedite consideration of this important bill.

Here’s a sample letter. Please address your letters to these Senate Leaders:

The Honourable Senator Peter Harder, P.C.
Government Representative in the Senate
Senate of Canada
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
K1A 0A4

The Honourable Senator Larry W. Smith
Leader of the Opposition in the Senate
Senate of Canada
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
K1A 0A4

The Honourable Senator Yuen Pau Woo
Facilitator of the Independent Senators Group
Senate of Canada
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
K1A 0A4

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