Canada’s collective story is told through its historic places, and thousands of sites have been formally recognized by public authorities;
Canada has committed to protecting and preserving cultural heritage by being party to the UNESCO Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage;
Investing in the rehabilitation of historic places contributes to economic growth through job creation, revitalization of traditional downtowns, and tourism;
The retention and reuse of historic places contributes to the fight against climate change, reducing construction and demolition waste and avoiding the environmental impacts of new development;
Reconciliation requires investment in historic places of significance to Canada’s Indigenous peoples;
The Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development in its report Preserving Canada’s Heritage: the Foundation for Tomorrow identified the need for federal leadership, including funding and incentives for historic places not owned by the federal government; and
Federal action is needed without delay, since estimates indicate that more than 20% of Canada’s historic places were lost between 1970 and 2000 – and losses continue due to lack of funding;
We, the undersigned, citizens of Canada, call upon the Minister of Environment and Climate Change to demonstrate federal leadership for historic places by working with the Minister of Finance to create a multi-million dollar fund in Budget 2019 that would support the efforts of Indigenous peoples, charities and not for profits to save and renew historic places, and encourage private sector investment and heritage philanthropy.
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