Original language of petition: English
The Government of Canada recognizes the importance of preserving Canada’s heritage properties. For example, Budget 2019 provided $367.8 million over two years, starting 2020-21 to support capital assets in Canada’s national parks, conservation areas and historic sites. This funding supports Parks Canada in advancing infrastructure projects at national parks and historic sites across the country in order to provide safe, high-quality and meaningful experiences for visitors. The government also continues to support the Parks Canada Agency’s National Cost-Sharing Program for Heritage Places, which helps to protect places of national historic significance by providing funding to eligible applicants (including not-for-profit organizations, Indigenous organizations, and provincial, territorial, regional, or municipal governments) who are either owners or long-term lessees of heritage places that have been formally recognized by the federal government, including associated lands, or parts of a heritage place or national historic site district.
Most recently, Budget 2021 provided $28.7 million over five years, starting in 2021-22, and $5.8 million ongoing, for Parks Canada to implement new legislation that, if enacted, would provide for a transparent designation framework as well as the sustainable protection of the over 300 federally-owned historic places. In addition, in April 2022, the Government of Canada and the Government of Quebec announced more than $26.6 million in funding for the creation of a new cultural institution in Quebec, which work will include the restoration of a number of heritage buildings.
Additionally, the Income Tax Act already provides support for heritage properties owned by registered charities and other qualified donees through the Charitable Donation Tax Credit (CDTC). The CDTC provides a significant incentive for individuals and corporations to donate towards historic properties held by qualifying organizations with a mandate to preserve these properties for the benefit of the public.
Only validated signatures are counted towards the total number of signatures.
|Province / Territory||Signatures|
|Newfoundland and Labrador||17|
|Prince Edward Island||34|