The St. Catharines branch was founded in May 2006. A number of volunteers were concerned about the lack of protection that had been afforded to the City's heritage buildings. The volunteers were particularly concerned about a developer's proposal for a massive condo tower development in the commercial heart of the low-rise Port Dalhousie heritage district.
The village of Port Dalhousie (now part of St. Catharines) dates from 1826, and, between 1829 until 1930 was the northern terminus of the first three Welland Canals, linking Lake Ontario with Lake Erie and allowing ships to by-pass Niagara Falls. As the entry point to the Canals, Port Dalhousie is closely linked through its transportation, services, and shipbuilding functions to the historical and economic development of the Niagara Region, our province, our nation, and the international Great Lakes region.
Today the village's commercial core, located alongside the old canal locks and harbour, still retains much of its original canal village streetscape; this streetscape includes many original mid-to-late 19th century and early 20th century buildings constructed to provide services like ship's chandler, hotels, taverns, customs house, etc. to the ships and people travelling through the early canals. At the World Canals Conference held in St. Catharines in June 2004, delegates affirmed that Port Dalhousie is one of the few remaining 19th century canal villages in the world that is relatively intact.
With strong support from residents and the City of St. Catharines, Port Dalhousie was officially designated as a Heritage Conservation District under the Ontario Heritage Act in December, 2003.
The new branch established a Port Dalhousie Heritage Fund and has made preserving the integrity of Port Dalhousie's Heritage District its first priority.
2017 Meeting Schedule for ACO Ontario
January 30, 2017 to December 30, 2017
Schedule of Executive and Council Meetings for 2017. Please open the attached pdf to see the full schedule. This document will be revised periodically as dates and locations are confirmed.
ACO EXPRESSES SUPPORT FOR BILL C-323
Bill establishes tax credits for rehabilitation of historic properties
ACO supports Private Member's Bill C-323, An Act to Amend the Income Tax Act (Rehabilitation of Historic Property), which will receive second reading in the House of Commons on February 10. This bill will establish a tax credit for expenses related to the rehabilitation of a historic property. It also establishes a tax deduction for the capital cost of property used in the course of such a rehabilitation.
MP Peter Van Loan Proposes Tax Credits for Heritage Properties
National Trust for Canada is organizing Response
MP Peter Van Loan has introduced a Private Members Bill proposing Income Tax Credits to assist private owners of heritage property with restoration costs. This is good news for heritage, whether or not it passes as widespread support for the initiative may result in either passage or a similar bill from government. National Trust for Canada is organizing heritage organizations across the country. ACO's Policy Committee will be developing a formal response from ACO.