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Yes! Bill C-323 – An Act to create tax incentives for the rehabilitation of Historic Property – passed second reading, and will continue to Committee!

Thanks to your efforts and the letters written by many heritage supporters, MPs voted in the House of Commons today, March 23, 2017 to send Bill C-323 to the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development – an important step in making tax incentives a reality!
Take a moment to savour this historic milestone in the 40 year campaign to achieve tax incentives for historic places in Canada.
We urge you to thank your MP for voting YES. Find out here how your MP voted.

Where are we in the process?

Second Reading Vote to Send to Committee
Passed, Thursday, March 23

Committee Stage
The Committee has up to 60 sitting days to consider it, make any amendments, and bring it back to Parliament.

Report Stage Reading (Back to House of Commons)
There will be debate (two one-hour sessions) and voting on proposed amendments the following week. The process could take up to 30 days.

Third Reading
More debate (two one-hour sessions) and a vote – if passed, the Bill goes to Senate for debate and passing, Royal Assent, and becomes law.

Considering there are only between 33 and 44 sitting days left in the Parliamentary Calendar before the summer break, we are unsure if how far the Bill will proceed this spring.What’s next?  We still have work to do!  Your continued support will be needed to ensure that members of the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development are aware that Canadian communities need the measures proposed in Bill C-323.
We’ll keep you posted.
Sincere thanks! 

Keep sending letters and resolutions!

Bill C-323 – An Act to Amend the Income Tax Act (Rehabilitation of Historic Property) – proposes to create tax credits for the rehabilitation of historic places.
If you haven’t done so already, take action immediately and write to your MP voicing your support for the measures in this Bill. Check out our toolkit, containing everything you need to know about Bill C-323 and how to take action.

What you can do:

  • Write to your MP, ask for a meeting, or both! Here is the link to find your MP by postal code.  
  • Write a letter to the Hon. Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, who is responsible for historic places in Canada.
  • Here is a sample letter to get you started. When crafting your letter(s), you will find helpful background information on our website. Point to historic places in your area that need this kind of financial measure – especially those at risk!
  • Cc the National Trust, the Hon. Bill Morneau, Minister of Finance and the Hon. Peter Van Loan (sponsor of the Bill) to let us know what action you’ve taken! Send a copy of your letters to the National Trust for Canada, 190 Bronson Avenue, Ottawa, ON  K1R 6H4.

Thank you.