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 April 2017      

 

ACEC seeks recognition of engineers in proposed legislation to encourage rehabilitation of historic properties 

 

ACEC supports intent of Bill C323 that will create opportunities for members and proposes amendment to give greater role to consulting engineers

ACEC is seeking an improvement to a Private Members introduced in the House of Commons by Conservative MP Peter Van Loan. Bill C-323 would establish a tax credit for expenses related to the rehabilitation of a privately-owned historic property. The Bill also establishes a tax deduction for the capital cost of property used in the course of such rehabilitation. ACEC not only applauds the intent of this Bill as good public policy (appropriate for Canada’s 150th birthday) that will help Canadians maintain and rehabilitate historic properties , but also as an opportunity for many ACEC firms that have specialization in historic rehabilitation.

However, ACEC is addressing a potential oversight in the Bill. A requirement for third party certification that the rehabilitation of the historic property was carried out in accordance with conservation standards is currently limited to licenced architects and excludes professional engineers. ACEC president and CEO John Gamble has met directly with Mr. Van Loan and advised him that many rehabilitation projects are carried out and/or led by professional engineers who are held to a similar professional standard. Mr. Van Loan expressed no objection to the inclusion of licenced professional engineers and accepts that engineering licensure is at times appropriate and offers the same verification. ACEC has responded Mr. Van Loan’s invitation to propose a “minor amendment” to include professional engineers as well as architects while the Bill is being reviewed in committee. ACEC’s letter to Mr. Van Loan can be viewed HERE.