Call for proposals to conserve heritage places

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A total of up to $2 million will be available under Parks Canada’s National Cost-Sharing Program for Heritage Places in 2023-24

Gatineau – The Government of Canada is committed to protecting and conserving heritage places in Canada. These irreplaceable sites reflect the rich and varied heritage of our country and provide an opportunity for Canadians to learn more about our diverse history.

Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, launched the call for proposals for Parks Canada’s National Cost-Sharing Program for Heritage Places. For 2023-24, a total of up to $2 million is available to help ensure the protection of national historic sites, heritage lighthouses, and heritage railway stations.

The Cost-Sharing Program is a contribution program whereby up to 50% of eligible costs incurred in the conservation and presentation of heritage places can be reimbursed. Funding is available to heritage places that have been formally recognized, but are not administered, by the federal government. Project funding will help ensure these sites remain vibrant and support tourism and job creation in the community. Special consideration will also be given to projects that seek to better represent the diversity and complexity of Canadian history, address the effects of climate change, or advance accessibility or inclusion at heritage places. As a pilot project in this round of funding and to better understand the needs of Indigenous heritage places, projects proposed by Indigenous organizations which do not fully meet the normal program requirements may be considered.

Heritage places illustrate the defining moments in the story of Canada. Together, they tell the stories of who we are and connect us to our past, enriching our understanding of ourselves, each other, and our country. National historic sites, heritage lighthouses, and heritage railway stations provide a wide range of cultural, social, economic, and environmental benefits to their communities.

The deadline to submit an application is January 6, 2023. Additional information and application forms are available on Parks Canada’s website.