National Trust for Canada shares its recommendations for Budget 2016
Contributed By: National Trust for Canada
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Ottawa, February 23 – Responding to Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s pre-budget town hall, the National Trust for Canada is encouraging heritage supporters to promote its recommendations, designed to help grow the economy, protect our environment, and build a resilient and diverse society.
The National Trust’s recommendations, available here, fall under three broad headings:
“Budget 2016 is a historic opportunity to stimulate the economy with multiple positive outcomes,” says Natalie Bull, the National Trust’s Executive Director. “Our recommendations, based on proven models, will help green and renew historic places, optimize the community benefit of infrastructure investments and encourage citizen philanthropy.”
- “Save Canada’s Treasures” Matching Grant Funding to encourage citizen philanthropy for historic places as we approach 2017
- An Eco-Historic Tax Credit: A tool to promote private and corporate investment in greening and renewing historic places
- A “Heritage Lens” and “Do No Harm” policy for infrastructure spending
There is clear evidence to link heritage investment to economic growth: Studies have consistently demonstrated that rehabilitation generates upwards of 20% more jobs than the same investment in new construction. Heritage places increase tourism, with growth in US travelers seeking heritage experiences in Canada expected to reach 12.3 million by 2025.
Further, investing in the refurbishing of heritage buildings contributes to the fight against climate change: The renewal and re-use of the historic environment capitalizes on materials and energy already invested, reduces construction and demolition waste and avoids the environmental impact of new infrastructure. With climate change one of the pressing issues of our era, Canada can’t claim to be a leader in sustainable development without a robust conservation strategy for historic places.
To read the National Trust’s full recommendations, please click here.
Then, consider endorsing one or more of the National Trust’s recommendations: comments and submissions will be accepted by Government until midnight tonight using the form available here.
Posted: February 24, 2016
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