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Release of ground-breaking new report: Financial Measures to Encourage Heritage Development

Heritage is in Demand! The National Trust envisions a future where the tangible benefits of heritage are recognized by society and seen as worth investing in.

A new report by the National Trust -- drawing on broad input from the heritage property development industry -- provides strong insights into the best potential financial measures to encourage heritage development in Canada. Commissioned by the Federal-Provincial-Territorial Ministers' Table on Culture and Heritage, the report draws on detailed input from 27 stakeholders from the heritage property development industry from 8 provinces. The report also identifies key factors that discourage heritage development. This is the first time that a pan-Canadian sampling of this type has been collected.

The report is accompanied by a concise Discussion Guide which details 14 financial measures for consideration and is supplemented by a Simulation Model to help stakeholders assess the potential revenue impacts of Income Tax Credit and Capital Cost Allowance measures.

Best Financial Measures:

  • Ongoing Property Tax Relief (Provincial/Territorial)
  • Heritage Grants (Federal)
  • Refundable Income Tax Credit (Federal & Provincial/Territorial)
  • Non-Refundable Income Tax Credit (Federal & Provincial/Territorial)
  • Heritage Grants (Provincial/Territorial)

Key Heritage Development Disincentives:

  • Low Return on Investment (ROI)
  • Limits on Development Potential
  • Complexity of Building Code Compliance
  • The "Unexpected" in Heritage Projects
  • Delayed Return on Investment (ROI)

Read the full report here.

Try out the Financial Measures Simulator  or check out the Simulator Background and sample scenarios


Photo credit: Bob Matheson


Victoria, BC's ten-year Tax Incentive Program has spurred the creation of 631 residential apartments in some 34 seismically upgraded and rehabilitated heritage buildings.

That it has attracted over $205 million in private investment to the downtown core that dramatically increased the value of the building and the city's property tax revenue.

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