Good heritage policy starts with good information about what is really happening out there. Too much of what we see is anecdotal -- interesting, even useful, but not a sound basis for making policy choices.
For policy-making at both the provincial level and the local level there is no substitute for solid statistics about the use of existing heritage tools in the OHA and other legislation. Here are some key ones, courtesy of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, which seems to be doing a better job about tracking these things.
- 115 Heritage Conservation Districts in effect
- 38 new HCDs (incorporating 6,200 properties) that have come into effect since the 2005 OHA amendments
- 9 new HCD designation by-laws appealed to the OMB and not yet in effect
- Over 1,200 properties protected under Part IV of the OHA since the 2005 amendments
- Over 6,700 properties individually protected under Part IV from 1975 to the present
- Over 19,100 properties protected as part of an HCD under Part V from 1975 to the present
- 42 municipalities that have passed a by-law enabling them to provide heritage property tax relief (HPTR)
- 27 municipalities that actually reported providing heritage property tax rebates in 2013 (most recent data available)
- $4.48 million in HPTR paid out province-wide in 2013, of which $1.86 million came from the province
- $16.42 million in HPTR paid out province-wide from 2002-1013, of which about $7.39 million came from the province
- 152 municipal heritage committees
Next time: a closer look at HPTR activity.