Canada's Historic Places Initiative

Canada’s Historic Places Initiative (HPI) was a federal, provincial, and territorial collaboration created in 2000. The ultimate goal of HPI was to create a culture of conservation in Canada.  Its strategic outcomes are:

  • Canadians feel a greater sense of connection to each other, their history, identity and historic place;

  • More historic places are conserved and “given a function in the life of communities” (UNESCO) and

  • Historic Places reflect the diversity of Canada’s heritage

HPI developed three programs, which include

  • Canadian Register of Historic Places (www.historicplaces.ca), which is an online register of historic places identified across Canada;

  • Standards & Guidelines for the Conservation of Historic Places, which aims to provide sound, practical guidance on the preservation, rehabilitation, and restoration of historic places and

  • Commercial Heritage Properties Incentive Fund (CHPIF), which was a grant program provided to commercial heritage properties.  This program is no longer active.

In British Columbia, HPI funding enabled the Heritage Branch to work with local governments to develop community heritage registers, to develop the BC Register of Historic Places, and to support training initiatives to build community heritage capacity across the province.