November 30, 2016

Dear Subscriber,

Earlier this year, Heritage BC completed the 2014 economic impact study, part of a larger project completed on behalf of the Heritage Branch. In the coming weeks, we will share with you some of the collected stories, showcasing the good heritage work that is going on throughout our province.

Jeffs Residence

Heritage revitalization incentives generate economic benefits

The Jeffs Residence redevelopment project illustrates how heritage incentives can increase housing supply and economic benefits, while conserving the character of the neighbourhood.

Built in 1908 in Vancouver’s Grandview Woodland neighbourhood, property developer and neighbourhood resident James Evans saw great potential in the heritage property. “There was not much in the way of affordable family options,” recalls Evans. “The Jeffs Residence’s large site... provided an opportunity to do something out of the box and create a little community.”

To retain the heritage building and maximize economic benefits, this redevelopment project took full advantage of the available incentives: “With a Heritage Revitalization Agreement, the City of Vancouver approved additional density than otherwise would have been permitted,” says architect Timothy Ankenman.

Now a mix of 20 condominium and townhouse units, the restoration and development was a “nice way to bring people from all different stages of life and to provide a place where they can all live together,” explained Evans. The added density became a way for first-time buyers or young families, who otherwise might not be able to afford a family home, to enter the marketplace.

The Jeffs Residence boosted its economic benefits while maintaining the heritage values of the house by utilizing the incentives available through a Heritage Revitalization Agreement, one of many heritage conservation tools available to local governments through the Local Government Act.

Congratulations to Quesnel & District Museum And Archives

Initiated in 2014 by the Friends of the Quesnel Museum, the restoration of the Cornish Water Wheel is now complete. 

A memorial to the mining pioneers of the Cariboo, the restoration has inspired individuals to call the Museum "to compliment us on the workmanship of the construction crew, how relieved they are to see the water wheel rebuilt, or how informative the new interpretive signs are. [This] indicates both that the project is important to the community and has been completed to a noticeably high standard."

The restoration was funded in part by the Heritage Legacy Fund.

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Members of PIBC and AIBC can earn Continuous Professional Learning Units for attending, see our website for more information about Heritage BC Workshops & Webinars:

December 2, 2016 at 12:00 PM
» NEW: Heritage Conservation Areas in B.C. Webinar

NOTE: Once you register, please keep your registration link safe as this is unique to you.

For more information, contact Maxine Schleger at mschleger@heritagebc.ca, 1-855-349-7243 or 604-428-7243.

HERITAGE CONSULTANTS: Request for Proposal

The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, on behalf of the Federal, Provincial and Territorial Table on Culture and Heritage (FPTCH), Collaboration on Historic Places Working Group, is requesting proposals from interested parties across Canada to undertake and supply a comprehensive environmental scan and analysis of federal, provincial, territorial and Indigenous (FPTI) approaches to protecting, conserving, and recognizing Canada’s places of significance to First Nations history, culture and heritage, and working with Indigenous communities to achieve those ends.

This endeavor seeks to support the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action by paving the path towards a greater understanding of current FPTI approaches to safeguarding First Nations history, culture and heritage.

Interested consultants are encouraged to respond to the Request for Proposal, listed on BCBid (link), before December 30, 2016. 


There are 164 existing Stop of Interest signs throughout BC, each telling the story of a person, place or event significant to provincial history. Over time however, a number of these signs have become dated, worn, or lost, and the government is busy repairing the existing signs. At the same time, the B.C. government is looking at adding 75 new signs to the Stops of Interest inventory, providing an opportunity to highlight other people, places and events.

This is an opportunity to involve the public in identifying as-yet unsigned sites of significance to celebrate even more of B.C.’s rich history. Anyone can provide ideas of landmarks and stories by completing the suggestion form

Please tell your memberships and colleagues about this important recognition project. Suggestions will be collected until January 31, 2017. 

Join the discussion:              #HeritageBC



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