BC Heritage Program Funding

Year
2011
Category
Finance
NCLGA Ref#
B10
UBCM Ref#
C34/B69

Status

Endorsed by the NCLGA and UBCM Memberships

Details

WHEREAS funding to Heritage BC has steadily declined;

AND WHEREAS heritage resources are an intrinsic component of BC culture; and are essential for cultural and economic development:

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that NCLGA and UBCM lobby the Provincial Government to renew its commitment to heritage conservation in the following manner:

1.            Adopt the Provincial Heritage Strategy;

2.            Restore the Heritage Branch budget;

3.            Restore community support for both Local Governments and community heritage organizations such as Heritage BC;

4.            Invest a further $10 million in the Heritage Legacy Fund; and

5.            Resolve the Heritage Properties question.

Additional Information

UBCM Comments:

The UBCM Membership has consistently endorsed resolutions calling on the Provincial Government to fund heritage preservation and the activities of heritage organizations throughout the province (2007-B59, 2004-B32, 2004-B31, 1994-B39, 1988-B24, 1987-B22).

Actions: This resolution was listed as C34 and referred to as B69 in the UBCM Annual Report book.

Background Information

BC’s Heritage resources have an intrinsic value and are irreplaceable. Heritage sites enhance quality of life, play a role in sustainable communities, and contribute to local economies and tourism. The Province of British Columbia has a responsibility to support and conserve the heritage resources of the Province; however most BC Heritage resources are administered at the local level by Local Governments. The funding and program support available to Local Governments has been dramatically cut in recent years, resulting in a state of crisis for heritage conservation.

Approximately $292,500 has been cut to heritage funding in the Province since June 2009. Heritage BC’s funding request to the Province was turned down in 2009, as was their gaming application, and this lack of funding resulted in the temporary closure of Heritage BC. Heritage BC was then temporarily funded by the Heritage Legacy Fund to allow it remain in operation, however, numerous heritage programs have had funding reduced or completely cut in 2009 and 2010. While Local Governments have the responsibility to maintain and conserve our heritage, funding and program support from the Province is essential to allow this work to continue.