Heritage Tax Credit Bill Is Introduced

On December 6, Peter van Loan, Conservative critic for Canadian Heritage and National Historic Sites, introduced a Private Member’s Bill for the rehabilitation of historic buildings in Canada. Designed to support those who invest in our cultural heritage, this Bill will have the potential to encourage rehabilitation of properties in the Canadian Register of Historic Places.

In a press release, Mr. van Loan said, “By maintaining historic buildings and undertaking costly heritage renovations, citizens undertake a considerable private burden from which we all benefit, through the preservation of our past. This Bill seeks, in a small way, to provide some support for them for the considerable investment they make on behalf of all of us by restoring their heritage properties.”

“This is good news,” says Jenifer Iredale, Heritage BC director. “The heritage community in Canada has been asking for years for a tax credit such as that in the US - to encourage owners of heritage buildings to rehabilitate rather than demolish. Tax credits in the US have been critical to preservation, rehabilitation and adaptive re-use of historic buildings there. A tax credit in Canada would be nothing less than brilliant!”

How can you help? 

In collaboration with the National Trust of Canada, we are offering three easy steps to support the passage of this Bill. 

  1. First, use our template letter to write to your Member of Parliament.
    Make sure you let your MP know about historic places in your riding that could benefit from the Bill. If you are uncertain how to address your MP, please visit this page for correct salutations. A complete list of MPs representing British Columbia can be found below. 

    Download the template letter here (click). It is recommended you post your letter, as MPs receive a considerable amount of emails and yours might not get the attention you desire.

  2. Write a letter to the Minister of Environment, who is responsible for built heritage in Canada.  A real letter will get more attention than an email. The Honourable Catherine McKenna MP
    Minister of Environment and Climate Change
    200 Sacré-Coeur Boulevard
    Gatineau QC K1A 0H3

  3. Let us know what action you’ve taken! Copy us on your emails or send us a copy of your letters to info@heritagebc.ca.

  4.  As an extra, but import step, please send a copy of your letter to:

    Hon. Peter Van Loan
    Member of Parliament, York-Simcoe
    Official Opposition Critic for Canadian Heritage and National Historic Sites
    555-D Centre Block
    Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6


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