Heritage Conservation

Protecting buildings with heritage significance throughout Regina is important to preserving our city’s cultural history.

A review of the City’s Heritage Building Rehabilitation Program (HBRP) is currently underway to explore ways the HBRP may be expanded to encourage a higher level of heritage conservation in Regina, as well as to ensure that the Heritage Incentive Policy provides the necessary flexibility for heritage property owners.

The HBRP provides financial assistance to conserve properties that have been formally designated as municipal heritage properties pursuant to the Heritage Property Act.

Specific goals of this program review include:

  • Research of best practices on how to incentivize the conservation of heritage properties
  • Analyzing opportunities for new incentives and determining their viability for Regina
  • Introducing new standards of maintenance for heritage-designated properties

During this review, the City will be seeking feedback from stakeholders on their experience with the HBRP, strengths of the current program and its incentives, opportunities for improvement, as well as input on different types of heritage building incentives the City may consider.

Anyone interested in this topic is encouraged to sign up and check back for engagement activities.

Protecting buildings with heritage significance throughout Regina is important to preserving our city’s cultural history.

A review of the City’s Heritage Building Rehabilitation Program (HBRP) is currently underway to explore ways the HBRP may be expanded to encourage a higher level of heritage conservation in Regina, as well as to ensure that the Heritage Incentive Policy provides the necessary flexibility for heritage property owners.

The HBRP provides financial assistance to conserve properties that have been formally designated as municipal heritage properties pursuant to the Heritage Property Act.

Specific goals of this program review include:

  • Research of best practices on how to incentivize the conservation of heritage properties
  • Analyzing opportunities for new incentives and determining their viability for Regina
  • Introducing new standards of maintenance for heritage-designated properties

During this review, the City will be seeking feedback from stakeholders on their experience with the HBRP, strengths of the current program and its incentives, opportunities for improvement, as well as input on different types of heritage building incentives the City may consider.

Anyone interested in this topic is encouraged to sign up and check back for engagement activities.

  • Recommendations of Heritage Program Review

    At the City of Regina, we are continuing to evolve heritage conservation policies and programs to align with best practice and reflect the priorities of our residents.

    Donald Luxton & Associates completed a review of the City’s Heritage Building Rehabilitation Program and identified opportunities to encourage conservation, support neighbourhood character and promote greater public appreciation of heritage properties through expanded financial incentives and other program and policy changes. View Report.

    Several of the recommendations in the review are strongly aligned with feedback we received in the City’s recent Heritage Conservation Survey in December 2021.

    Council will review the report in March 2022.

    Proposed Immediate Changes

    Pending Council approval, here are some program and policy changes that the City proposes to implement in the short term:

    1. The Heritage Incentive Policy will be updated to expand existing incentives for heritage conservation by:
      1. Broadening eligibility requirements
      2. Increasing the City’s annual funding allocation to $250,000 (a target of $1 per resident, subject to budget approval)
      3. Establish a roll-over provision that will allow incentive funds to accumulate if the budget is not exhausted each year
      4. Make all designated municipal heritage properties and those in the Heritage Inventory eligible to apply for grants
      5. Ensure incentives can cover both maintenance and larger conservation projects
    2. The City will collaborate with Heritage Regina to expand educational initiatives and programming, recognition of successful heritage conservation projects, and expansion of the Cultural Trailway initiative.
    3. A Sector Reference Group will be established to improve dialogue and communication between the City and community heritage experts.


    We welcome general feedback on these recommendations and the report. Please submit your question or email heritage@regina.ca with general comments.


    Proposed Future Changes

    In the coming months, the City would like to consult heritage stakeholders to discuss how to effectively implement additional recommendations from the report including:

    • Establishing a standards of maintenance bylaw
    • Removal of the grading system for heritage properties to align with best practice
    • Additional tools to encourage identification of heritage properties/assets

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