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City of Brandon Municpal Heritage Incentive Program

On November 20, 2017, Brandon City Council adopted a by-law to establish a municipal heritage incentive program for Municipal Heritage Sites in Brandon.  The program encourages owners of Municipal Heritage Sites to preserve, restore or rehabilitate buildings or properties that have significant heritage value.  Click on the link below for the application form and a summary of the program.

Municipal Heritage Incentive Application Package


The following are answers supplementary to the information found in the application package.



Download the Municipal Heritage Tax Credit Guidlines in PDF format

This program is designed to assist the owner(s) or lessees of a building which is of historical significance and is designated as a municipal Heritage Site under The Heritage Resources Act. The program’s objective is to ensure that work will be done in a manner that best retains the most important architectural features or engineering merit of the designated heritage building.

1. Definitions

Preservation is work undertaken to increase the longevity of the original heritage building. This work can include aspects of restoration and stabilization.

Restoration is the authentic replication of the historic appearance of the building using original material, where possible, or replacements that will exactly match the original finish, detail, and final appearance.

Stabilization is work undertaken to improve the structural stability of the original heritage building such as underpinning and bracing.

Municipal Heritage Site is a building designated as a Municipal Heritage Site under the provisions of The Heritage Resources Act. Designated sites are protected from alteration or demolition.

2. Eligibility

In order to receive Municipal Heritage Tax Credit assistance, an application must meet all of the following criteria:

  1. Buildings must be legally designated at the time of application under The Heritage Resources Act.
  2. The applicant must be the owner(s) of a designated heritage site or be long-term (10 years minimum beyond application date) leaseholders in a designated building with written authorization from the building owner(s) to apply for a Municipal Heritage Tax Credit.
  3. The applicant must have submitted all information required in the Municipal Heritage Tax Credit Application Form.
  4. All proposed preservation, restoration or stabilization must be approved prior to commencement. A Municipal Heritage Tax Credit will not be provided for work completed prior to grant approval.
  5. The applicant must be willing to provide long-term maintenance to the designated heritage site.
  6. All work must comply with all applicable zoning by-laws, design approval processes, etc.


3. Eligible Work Items

Eligible project costs include:

  1. Exterior and interior restoration, including: the conservation of original, existing material; the restoration of deteriorated material and; the reconstruction of missing components (which must accurately replicate the historic appearance based on archival or other evidence);
  2. Structural repair and stabilization;
  3. Architectural and engineering fees;
  4. Work required to upgrade the historic building to contemporary standards, including:
    • Repair/replacement of electrical, mechanical and plumbing systems
    • Fire sprinklering as required by the Manitoba Building Codes
    • Renovation of heritage elevators to comply with the Manitoba Building Code
    • New interior construction, if it is sympathetic to the heritage nature of the building
    • Energy efficiency upgrading provided the exterior of the building is not affected
    • Asbestos removal and other environmental abatement requirements (insects, pigeons, mould, etc.)
    • Handicap access requirements (note that the work must demonstrate minimal impact to historically significant exterior and interior features)
  5. Exterior historic paint colours (based on paint analysis);
  6. Restoration of original landscape as determined through researched evidence.


Application Assessment

Approval of an application will be based on project merit and demonstrated need, using the following criteria:

  • Integrity of the heritage site. Buildings that have been well preserved in the past and where the proposed work will build upon that foundation of quality will be given priority. Buildings preserved on their original sites will be given priority.
  • High quality restoration. Projects that will restore a building to an appearance appropriate to its period of construction as determined through researched evidence.
  • Importance to overall conservation of the building. Priority will be given to projects that undertake critical conservation work (such as structural repairs, roof repairs).
  • Applicant’s ability to complete the project. Applicants that can demonstrate that their funding is in place and that the project can be completed within a reasonable timeframe will be given priority.
  • Financial need of the owner. Applicants will be given priority where the grant is crucial to their ability to undertake work.
  • Community Benefit. Applications that will serve to increase property assessment values contribute to the economic well-being of the community and/or will provide community services that contribute to the well-being of the community will be given priority.


5. Level of Assistance

  • Proposed projects must entail a minimum of $5,000 in eligible work.
  • The maximum tax credit will be 50% of the net private investment in eligible work.
  • The maximum time period for the tax credit and for completing the eligible work is 10 years.
  • The tax credit may be used to reduce property taxes accrued to the designated building only.
  • The application for a tax credit is subject to review by the municipal government based on the Application criteria outlined above. The municipal government reserves the right to accept or eject applications and to set the amount of the tax credit to be allocated to a specific project.


6. Administrative Procedure

  1. Application forms are accepted and reviewed on a first-come, first served basis. Applications will not be accepted until all required information as outlined in the Municipal Heritage Tax Credit Application is supplied.
  2. Designation of the structure under The Heritage Resources Act must be completed or in process at the time of application. A Municipal Heritage Tax Credit will only be approved after the structure has been designated.
  3. Applicants are encouraged to first consult their municipal government staff regarding the content of their application.
  4. Applicants must apply for a Heritage Permit prior to a Municipal Heritage Tax Credit being evaluated.
  5. All required permits, certificates and other authorizations must be obtained before the project commences construction.
  6. Before the release of any tax credits, the project must be completed and:
    • All outstanding taxes, utility charges or other amounts owing to the municipal government must be paid
    • All project expenses must be paid
    • All paid invoices, a final financial report and any other information required must have been provided to the municipal government.

Please forward the application and all supporting documents to:

Heritage Coordinator
City Clerk’s Office, City of Brandon
410 – 9th Street
Brandon, Manitoba  R7A 6A2 

Ph: (204) 717-1034
Fax: (204) 729-0975

7. General Conditions

    1. The municipal government reserves the right to have its staff inspect the building before and during the work period.
    2. Reasonable public access to the restored portion of the building or site may be required by the municipal government after project completion.
    3. Successful applicants must agree to include a credit line, or other mutually agreeable form of credit, citing the municipal government in publicity and promotional material related to funding or funded activities under this program.
    4. The applicant must make a commitment to complete the project by a specific date.
    5. No further municipal tax credit applications for any one building site will be acceptable until completion of the project.
    6. Municipal tax credits obtained through this program may only be used to finance work described in the application.
    7. The applicant agrees that the municipal government is not liable for any claims, demands, or causes of action that may be made against him or her because of any act, or omission, by the applicant, or the applicant’s employees or agents, resulting at or from the building site.


Who were the original occupants and what did they do for a living?
Heritage buildings usually have greater potential for interpretation and telling interesting stories if the original occupants were well known in the community. Were any of the original or later occupants people who made a notable contribution to the community in terms of economic, political, social or cultural activities? Were they leaders in those endeavors?

Did an event of historical importance occur in the building?
An event of historical importance will include things like the formal signing of a significant document, a famous trial, or a meeting between important people. It will be a rare building that will be able to make any claim in this regard.

Can the building be said to illustrate a historical issue?
Some buildings are associated with or illustrative of an important or enduring historical development, such as local agriculture (old barns) or the community political life (house of the first mayor).


When was the building constructed?
Buildings constructed between 1870 and 1900 recalls the waves of pioneer settlers from Ontario, the United States, the United Kingdom, and eastern Europe who filled up the southern part of the province. There are still many examples of the modest buildings that characterized this period. Many of the significant buildings constructed between 1900 and 1920 are more ambitious in size and detail than earlier ones. Some of these buildings remain and have considerable architectural merit by the quality of their architecture, materials, and craftsmanship.

Who designed and/or constructed the building?
The designer and builder of a structure may have brought a great knowledge of building history (design and knowledge of materials and construction techniques) to the subject. Most buildings were designed without an architect. However, where a building was designed by a trained architect, it may be possible to discuss the architectural style used and even compare this building with others designed by that individual. The carpenters, masons, and craftspeople who made the province’s early buildings were skilled individuals. It might be possible to discuss the quality of their work at a particular site and also to compare the work with that of other buildings in the community.

Did the designer use a style or tradition to create the design?
The design of many buildings is very simple, often a box with a gable roof. There are some buildings, though, where a particular architectural style or tradition was used. These will typically be public buildings or substantial private buildings.

What materials were used in the construction of the building?
Most historic buildings that remain in the province were constructed of light wood frame and were covered with horizontal wood siding. The use of other materials (heavy wood frame, brick, stone, metal) and different building technologies will make a building more unusual by comparison.


Have there been changes made to the building?
Few historic buildings have survived the years without some change. Roof shingles will have likely been replaced. Paint will have been applied. These changes are minor and do not necessarily adversely affect the historic character of a building. It will be those significant changes made outside (for instance, an addition, new window openings, removal of original materials and details) that may most affect an appreciation of a building’s original appearance.

Has the building always fulfilled its present function?
Over the years many buildings have seen change to their original function. In some cases, this is the nature of the building and will not detract from its character; for example, commercial structures are expected to accept many different tenants. Other buildings, however, will suffer in terms of their historic character when different functions are introduced. A one room school that is closed, then used as a community hall, then a store, and then a garage, will likely have been so altered that its original character is erased.


Does the building look like any others in the community?
Generally we regard buildings with a unique appearance as special and important. These will be structures like town halls, churches, schools, and large and ornate houses. However, more modest buildings in our communities should not be overlooked. In these cases it will be necessary to identify and to select structures that can be said to best represent those more typical examples.

Is the building a landmark?
Public buildings such as town halls, schools, and churches are often the best known local buildings. Some privately owned buildings may also be well known either for their architecture (a big, ornate house) or their occupant (the home of a well known citizen).

You can also download this information as a PDF.

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