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Both of these lighthouses are eligible for immediate heritage designation
under the Heritage Lighthouse Protection Act. While the Minister of the
Environment delays this designation, these lighthouses are crumbling and
rotting away.
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This lighthouse is eligible for immediate heritage designation
under the Ontario Heritage Act. This lighthouse is owned by a private numbered company which could demolish the building at any time. The Ontario Minister of Culture and the Prince Edward County Council have the powere to prevent demolition by designating this lighthouse under the Ontario Heritage Act

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The lighthouse nomination period is now passed. Heritage designation is the next step.

While the Heritage Lighthouse Protection Act (HLPA) contains some major flaws, this appears to be the only way that most of Canada's lighthouses will have any chance of being protected from demolition.

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Lighthouse Ownership

Petition Process

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Documents

Heritage Lighthouse Protection Act

Heritage Designation Criteria

HLPA Petition Form (PDF)

HLPA Petition Form (.doc)

Business Plan

Surplus Lighthouses

Standards & Guidelines for the Conservation of Historic Places





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Heritage Lighthouse Designation Requirements

To be designated as a Heritage Lighthouse under the Heritage Lighthouse Protection Act (HLPA), the lighthouse (and associated buildings) must meet the following requirements:

a) The building in question must be a lighthouse or former lighthouse. Specifically, it must be "... a tower or other structure including its fixtures, that was built to contain, contains, or once contained a beacon light or other signal to warn or guide marine vessels, whether or not it is now in use as an aid to navigation." This also includes related buildings which, in relation to a heritage lighthouse, means "... any building on the site on which the lighthouse is situated that contributes to the heritage character of the lighthouse".

b) The lighthouse must be owned by the Government of Canada - Lighthouses that are owned by the province, by a municipality or privately owned must be protected by other means.

c) A petition requesting heritage designation of the lighthouse must be sent to Parks Canada. Even if the lighthouse is already controlled by Parks Canada or other federal agency, a petition MUST be submitted. DO NOT assume that a lighthouse will be protected just because it already has some other heritage recognition. A petition must be submitted by May 29, 2012. NOTE: The person who's name appears as the Contact Person on the petition is NOT responsible for conserving the lighthouse if it is designated.

d) The Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada will apply established Heritage Designation Criteria in order to determine if the lighthouse should be recommend for designation as a Heritage Lighthouse under the HLPA.

e) If the lighthouse has been declared surplus, then a person or body must submit a written commitment to acquire the lighthouse and to protect its heritage character. This only applies to SURPLUS lighthouses. NOTE: Do not wait to find an individual or organization to conserve the lighthouse. Submit the petition now. There will be time later to find a person or body to do this, or to further lobby the Government of Canada to take over this responsibility.

f) After consultation with the Historic Sites and Monuments Board, the minster responsible for Parks Canada will determine whether a lighthouse should be designated and whether any related building should be included in the designation.

Refer to the Heritage Lighthouse Protection Act for more details.

FAQs

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Follow these steps to save a lighthouse under the Heritage Lighthouse Protection Act (HLPA):

1. Determine ownership of the lighthouse
If the lighthouse is listed in the Directory of Federal Real Property (DFRP), then it can be nominated for Heritage Designation under the HLPA. Search the DFRP by the name of your Municipality to get a list of all federal properties including all federally owned lighthouses. Also check the Table of Active Lighthouses Declared Surplus as well as the Table of Inactive Lighthouses Declared Surplus.
Many Inactive Lighthouses in Ontario are no longer owned by the Government of Canada so they do not qualify under the HLPA. These lighthouses may be designated by the local municipality as properties of heritage value or interest under the Ontario Heritage Act. Contact your municipality for details.
For assistiance in finding lighthouses in your area, please contact lighthouses@ontariohistory.ca .

2. Submit a Petition BEFORE May 29, 2012
All lighthouses in Canada meet the basic criteria for heritage designation under the HLPA. However, lighthouses will ONLY be considered for designation if a petition on the proper form is fully completed and sent to Parks Canada no later than May 29, 2012. Even if the lighthouse is currently owned by Parks Canada or if it is a Recognized Federal Heritage Building or holds some other heritage recognition, a petition MUST be received by Parks Canada in order to qualify the lighthouse for heritage designation under the HLPA. DO NOT assume that a lighthouse will be protected. Submit a petition.
The Petition must include 25 signatures along with an application form.
Any group or individual may submit the petition for any qualifying lighthouse.
NOTE: The person who's name appears as the Contact Person on the petition is NOT responsible for conserving the lighthouse if it is designated

3. If necessary, submit a Business Plan.
Only if the lighthouse has been declared surplus by Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), then you or your organization must submit a business plan for the acquisition and protection of the lighthouse. As an alternative, contact your Federal MP and lobby to have the Government of Canada take on the responsibility of protecting the heritage lighthouse.
NOTE: It is critical that the Petition be submitted as soon as possible. There will be more time later to submit a BusinessPplan if necessary.


4. Contact your local Municipal Heritage Committee and your local Historical Society for support and assistance.
These local organizations may have the manpower and other resources to assist in this process.

5. Contact your local MP for support and assistance.
Since the HLPA is an Act of Parliament, your local MP will have an interest in this process.

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