Bill C-323 – An Act to create tax incentives for the rehabilitation of Historic Property – passed second reading, and will continue to Committee!
Thanks to your efforts and the letters written by many heritage supporters, MPs voted in the House of Commons today, March 23, 2017 to send Bill C-323 to the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development – an important step in making tax incentives a reality!
We urge you to thank your MP for voting YES. Find out here how your MP voted.
Where are we in the process?
Second Reading Vote to Send to Committee
Passed, Thursday, March 23
The Committee has up to 60 sitting days to consider it, make any amendments, and bring it back to Parliament.
Report Stage Reading (Back to House of Commons)
There will be debate (two one-hour sessions) and voting on proposed amendments the following week. The process could take up to 30 days.
More debate (two one-hour sessions) and a vote – if passed, the Bill goes to Senate for debate and passing, Royal Assent, and becomes law.
Considering there are only between 33 and 44 sitting days left in the Parliamentary Calendar before the summer break, we are unsure if how far the Bill will proceed this spring. What’s next? We still have work to do! Your continued support will be needed to ensure that members of the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development are aware that Canadian communities need the measures proposed in Bill C-323.
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.
- 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.
- 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
- Let us know what action you’ve taken! Copy us on your emails or send us a copy of your letters to email@example.com.
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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