Track 5: CANADA 150 – INDIGENOUS HERITAGE, DIVERSITY, and NEW DIRECTIONS / Volet 5: Canada 150 – Patrimoine autochtone, diversité et nouvelles orientations

Stakeholder Engagement and Heritage Legislation: The Nova Scotia Experience

Saturday, October 14
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

The Heritage Property Act for Nova Scotia was first passed in 1980 and provides opportunities for both municipal and provincial heritage registration. This legislation supports 45 municipal heritage property programs, with over 1500 registered municipal heritage properties and 7 approved municipal heritage conservation districts; and a provincial heritage property program with 299 registered provincial heritage properties.

For almost 30 years the Act had not changed significantly, with only one substantive amendment made in 1990. The was to create a new collective-type of heritage property known as a municipal heritage conservation district. This all changed in 2010 when a full review of the Act took place, then again in 2015 when a second review was supported.

The impetus for changes to any legislation typically comes from stakeholder concerns resulting from changing environments and attitudes towards heritage. Effective legislation is developed through stakeholder consultation. In Nova Scotia, members of our heritage stakeholders range from individual property owners to large developers; advocates of heritage; 50 municipalities; and diverse communities that have shaped our province.

With such a broad-based stakeholder body, varied types of engagement were needed to ensure opinions from these stakeholders were heard. In some cases, what was heard required further clarity before a proposed change could be advanced. In all cases, managing stakeholder expectations through the engagement process is both necessary and challenging.

There have been many lessons learned during the stakeholder engagement process in Nova Scotia. Kevin Barrett, the coordinator of the Provincial Heritage Property Program, will share his insight on the methods of stakeholder engagement that were used to better inform government as it determined change to the Heritage Property Act. He will also share examples of recent amendments resulting from informed engagement and introduce you to Nova Scotia’s rich built heritage.

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Kevin L. Barrett, MURP, BEDS, BBA

Coordinator, Heritage Property Program
Province of Nova Scotia

As Coordinator of Nova Scotia’s Heritage Property Program, Kevin oversee the administration of the Heritage Property Act. He provides expert opinion on applications for provincial heritage registration; alteration to, or demolition of, a registered provincial heritage property; applications to deregister a provincial heritage property; and provides support to the municipal heritage property programs. Prior to joining the Province in 2003, he was the Heritage Planner with the Halifax Regional Municipality for six years. Kevin holds three degrees: Bachelor of Business Administration (Acadia University); Bachelor of Environmental Design Studies – Architecture and Masters in Urban and Rural Planning (Technical University of Nova Scotia). He was a founding board member of the Provincial Heritage Property Owners Association for Nova Scotia and served on the boards of the Carleton House Preservation Society and the Paraplegic Association of Nova Scotia.


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Jennifer Iredale

Bio – Jennifer Iredale, MSc Historic Preservation, CAHP
Jennifer Iredale has over 35 years’ experience in the field of heritage conservation in Canada and has been instrumental in leading provincial and national heritage initiatives on youth engagement, education, environmental sustainability, and heritage tourism. Previously Director of the Heritage Branch for the Province of BC, she is currently in private practicel with her work focussing on research and writing projects. Jennifer has been recognized through several awards, most recently receiving the BC Museums Association award for’ Outstanding Achievement’.


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