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e-1778 (National historic sites)

42nd Parliament
Initiated by Natalie Bull from Ottawa, Ontario, on July 11, 2018, at 9:31 a.m. (EDT)
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Government assistance
Heritage sites and buildings
Certified

Petition to the House of Commons

Whereas:
  • 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.
Cloverdale—Langley City
Liberal
British Columbia
Open for signature : July 11, 2018, at 9:31 a.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature : November 8, 2018, at 9:31 a.m. (EDT)
Province / Territory
Signatures
Alberta
506
British Columbia
707
Manitoba
163
New Brunswick
131
Newfoundland and Labrador
128
Northwest Territories
5
Nova Scotia
232
Nunavut
1
Ontario
1853
Prince Edward Island
34
Quebec
345
Saskatchewan
133
Yukon
16
Other Countries
22
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