Through heritage planning, some of our key heritage sites are recognized to allow current and future generations of Pitt Meadows' residents to value our First Nations culture, our natural environment, significant landmarks, and the pioneering efforts of first settlers.
Pitt Meadows is participating in the national Historic Places Initiative, which is a multi-phased program aimed at conserving and celebrating Canada's historic places. The centerpiece of the initiative is the Canadian Register of Historic Places allowing heritage sites from across Canada to be listed and viewable on a single on-line registry. Other components include a new standard for the renovation of heritage buildings, certification program for building renovations, and federal financial incentives.
More information about the Heritage Places Initiative and Pitt Meadows' nationally recognized heritage sites is available at the following Parks Canada links:
Introduction: Canada's Historic Places Initiative
Standards and Guidelines for the Conservation of Historic Places
Commercial Heritage Properties Incentive Fund
Similar to other British Columbia cities, Pitt Meadows Council is empowered to undertake heritage conservation under the Local Government Act. This legislation provides a "toolkit" for heritage planning, some of which include:
More information is available in the publication Heritage Conservation: A Community Guide.
The following links provide additional information regarding heritage planning and heritage conservation:
Canada Heritage Foundation - The Heritage Canada Foundation is a national, membership-based organization and registered charity established in 1973.
www.heritagebc.ca - Information is available about publications and resources for heritage property owners, including insurance for heritage buildings.
Pitt Meadows Museum and Archives - Visit the website for information about the museum, events, and archival resources.
Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals - CAHP is a national organization of qualified heritage practitioners that demonstrates and promotes excellence, develops and advocates standards, reaches out to allied organizations and provides services for the betterment of its members.
Ontario Heritage Took Kit - Designed specifically in relation to Ontario's legislation, particularly in regards to the Historic Places Initiative.