Niagara Heritage Activists Call On Us – You & I & As Many of our Friends & Nieghbours as Possible – To Express Our Support For Federal Bill To Protect & Preserve Historical Places

Find Out How You Can Lend A Voice Of Support Below

A Call-Out from Pamela Minns and Thorold Heritage LACAC

Posted January 6h, 2017 on Niagara At Large

NOTICE

You ,may be aware that a Private Member’s Bill was introduced in Parliament to create tax credits for rehabilitation of historic places;  it was tabled in the House by Peter van Loan (Conservative critic for Canadian Heritage and National Historic Sites) and received its first reading December 1st, 2016.

The Port Mansion, the way it looked a decade ago, before it was torn down in what was designated as a "heritage district" in Port Dalhousie/St. Catharines, to make way for a proposed high-rise condo complex. File photo by Doug Draper

The Port Mansion, the way it looked a decade ago, before it was torn down in what was designated as a “heritage district” in Port Dalhousie/St. Catharines, to make way for a proposed high-rise condo complex. File photo by Doug Draper

 

The bill is designed to limit the demolition of our heritage buildings and encourage the rehabilitation of properties in the Canadian Register of Historic Places.  This enactment amends the Income Tax Act to establish a tax credit for expenses related to the rehabilitation of a historic property.  It also establishes a tax deduction for the capital cost of property used in the course of such a rehabilitation.

For more information visit —     http://www.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications    -also the bill is laid out on line at :     1st Reading Private Member’s Bill C-323 

The National Trust for Canada is asking for our support – e.g.

The now vacant land where the Port Mansion was and the promised condo complex was supposed to go. File photo by Doug Draper

The now vacant land where the Port Mansion was and the promised condo complex was supposed to go. File photo by Doug Draper

1.      Write to your MP, or ask for a meeting, or both!   Point to historic places in your riding that need this kind of financial measure – especially those at risk!

Here is the link to find your MP by postal code: http://www.lop.parl.gc.ca/ParlInfo/compilations/houseofcommons/memberbypostalcode.aspx?Menu=HOC

2.      Write a letter to the Minister of Environment, who is responsible for built heritage in Canada.  A real letter is much more effective than an email! 

The Honourable Catherine McKenna MP

Minister of Environment and Climate Change
200 Sacré-Coeur Boulevard
Gatineau QC K1A 0H3 or email –
ec.ministre-minister.ec@canada.ca

The National Trust for Canada has pointed out the following :

“In the U.S.A., the introduction of a 20% 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.  The tax system can be a powerful tool to stimulate private investment in heritage buildings.”

It is hoped that you will see fit to support this bill.  We, at the grass roots, need the support of the Federal Government in our efforts to preserve Canada’s built heritage.

Pamela J. Minns, Heritage Thorold LACAC

For more information, click on – http://www.nationaltrustcanada.ca/get-involved/hcf-news/voice-your-support-federal-incentives-rehabilitation-canadas-historic-places?utm_source=News+Alerts&utm_campaign=9a3286816d-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2016_12_12&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_9eec381e21-9a3286816d-201804065

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