Heritage is that which society inherits from previous generations and deems worthy of taking special measures to preserve for future generations
Our Built Heritage
We value Nova Scotia’s rich history. You can see it in any community in our province. The century-old buildings that proudly stand today are examples. So too, is the pride of the people who maintain them.
The term built heritage conjures up images of historic homes, churches or a town street with period buildings. It also includes other important places such as farm buildings, cemeteries, industrial structures, historic districts and cultural landscapes. Interiors of public buildings are part of our built heritage as well. Think of the amazing architectural features you might see, or the design details that are part of the décor.
When we consider the richness and breadth of our built heritage, the opportunity to preserve it is compelling. With the pride we share as our inspiration, we can ensure our past will remain a vibrant part of our future.
The Heritage Property Program
The Government of Nova Scotia helps identify, protect and rehabilitate built heritage throughout the province. The Heritage Property Program was created to assist Nova Scotians and preserve our valuable heritage. It is an outcome of the Heritage Property Act, passed by the province in 1980 and amended in 1990 and 2010.
Support for Heritage Properties and Owners
The Heritage Property Program offers several ways you can participate in preserving our built heritage.