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Protecting, Promoting & Preserving

Newfoundland & Labrador's Built & Intangible Heritage  


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13th Annual Heritage Places Poster Contest

Open to students from K - 12 

Deadline - Friday, January 19, 2018 





The Heritage Foundation Introduces Changes to its Designation and Grant Programs

The Foundation has recently adopted a number of changes to strengthen its programs that support the preservation of heritage structures.  Firstly, two more categories for recognition have been added.  In addition to "Registered Heritage Structures," "Registered Landmark Structures" which represent the most important architectural and historical buildings in the province, will now be recognized.  A third category is being introduced called "Recognized Heritage Structures & Features."  This will recognize those heritage structures that would not meet the bar for inclusion in the other two categories but which, nevertheless, contribute to our cultural landscape.  In addition to the kinds of structures the Foundation already recognizes, it could include sheds, fishing structures, root cellars, fences and stone walls as well as historic cemeteries.  This third category is being piloted in a couple of "Registered Heritage Districts" but is already being used in some instances where an application doesn't meet requirements under the other two categories.  Heritage Grant funding levels will be tied to these levels of designation.  The goal of these changes is to recognize and protect a broader range of our built heritage resources. 

We are also introducing a "Heritage Structures Assessment Grant" which provides grants of up to $2,000 (HFNL covers 75% of costs) to allow a heritage expert to thoroughly inspect the conditions and restoration requirements of a structure prior to its owner applying for a Restoration Grant.  According to HFNL Executive Director, Jerry Dick, "developing a good understanding of a building and scope of work prior to bringing in a contractor should help to ensure that restoration follows appropriate standards and that the contractor fully understands what to do.  It will also likely result in savings to both the owner and the Foundation by avoiding unnecessary replacement of building components (over-restoration) or the need to correct inappropriate work."


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"St. John's Colours" - a film by Nine Island Productions and For The Love of Learning

Why is downtown St. John's so colourful? A group of young women explored this topic for a video production course through the For The Love of Learning program. Under the direction of Latonia Hartery and Nine Island Productions, the group has produced a video that looks at some of the myths and facts behind "Jelly Bean Row" and the bright hues of St. John's.


Check it out here. 



Heritage Building Inspectors Wanted

The Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador is seeking Heritage Building Inspectors to provide inspection services for Registered Heritage Structures, on a contractual basis.  Heritage structures would be assessed to determine their condition and requirements for restoration or repair.  Individuals are sought who have relevant experience and/or training that would normally have been acquired through work as a building contractor; a building inspector; an employee of a heritage preservation agency; a heritage building trades instructor; architect, engineer or through academic or trades training in built heritage preservation.  For more information contact: or tel. 709-739-1892, ext. 1



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We are pleased to present the winners of our 2017 Heritage Places Poster Contest!


Junior High and Overall Winner

Hae Na Luther, Grade 9

Stella Maris Academy, Trepassey

See Hae Na's art here


Primary Winner

Liam Costello, Kindergarten

St. Bonaventure's College, St. John's

See Liam's art here 


Elementary Winner

Waffa Zahralyn, Grade 4

St. Matthew's Elementary

See Waffa's art here


Senior High Winner

Nicole Chaulk, Grade 12  

Glovertown Academy, Glovertown  

See Nicole's art here          


Voice your Support for a Federal Bill to Provide Financial Incentives for Heritage Preservation!

Bill C-323, recently introduced in Parliament, would see the introduction of a significant tax credit to support built heritage preservation that applies to both commercial and residential properties.  Please weigh in with your federal MP to build support for this important legislation.  For information on how, click here.  


Registered Heritage Structure Designation and Restoration Grant

For deadline information contact Michael at 739-1892 ext 3 or   

Heritage Structure Maintenance Grant Program

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