Toolkit for Action

1 – What the heritage sector is asking for in Budget 2019

On August 3, 2018, the National Trust and its partner organizations made a submission recommending federal funding for historic places in Budget 2019.

You can express support for this new funding in budget 2019 in 2 ways:

  1. a) by helping to obtain thousands of signatures on the e-petition; and
  2. b) by ensuring that every federal MP is asked to support this submission.

Key reading to prepare for a meeting with your MP:

2 – Meeting with Your MP

3 – Communications Tools


Twitter is a powerful social media platform that makes disseminating political advocacy messages easy – and facilitates reaching influencers such as journalists, politicians, and advocacy groups. Paired with relevant hashtags and strategic mentions, your tweets can be effective and help incite change.


Op-eds can be very powerful – they’re opinion pieces you can submit to a newspaper.

  • Write about your opinion to a local paper, using local examples to support your arguments.
  • Natalie Bull, Executive Director for the National Trust for Canada wrote an op-ed in the Hamilton Spectator and used Gore Park, a Hamilton historic place, as an example to enforce the need for tax credits for historic places. Read it here.

4 – 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 to keep the conversation going on federal action for historic places.

  • 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

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