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What kind of financial support can I receive to conserve my registered heritage property?

Heritage Property

What kind of financial support can I receive to conserve my registered heritage property?

Under the Heritage Development Fund (Built Heritage), the Province of Nova Scotia offers grants to eligible owners of properties protected under the Heritage Property Act to better support these important heritage resources and to further the objectives of Nova Scotia’s Culture Action Plan: Excellence in Cultural Stewardship.


Heritage Development Fund (Built Heritage)

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Conservation Work Grants

This grant program will support costs associated with the exterior conservation of an eligible registered heritage property. Costs to address core structural integrity issue will also be considered.

Conservation Work Guidelines (PDF 236 KB)

Conservation Work Application (397 KB)

Sample – Completed Conservation Work Application Form (PDF 2.75 MB)

Acknowledgement Guidelines


Conservation Advice Grants

This grant program will support fees associated to prepare a conservation report by a professional (such as a licensed architect or engineer) engaged to advise on the exterior conservation or structural integrity of a building or monument/grave marker located within a cemetery registered under the Heritage Property Act.

Conservation Advice Guidelines (PDF 274 KB)

Conservation Advice Application (PDF 331 KB)

Sample – Completed Conservation Advice Application Form (PDF 2.05 MB)

Acknowledgement Guidelines


Tax Rebate

Service Nova Scotia offers a Provincial Tax Rebate (under the Sales Tax Act). Heritage property owners are eligible for a full rebate of the provincial sales tax paid for materials used on the exterior of the building.

Please contact Service Nova Scotia at 902-424-2850 for more information about the tax rebate.

Sales Tax Rebate Guidelines and Application (PDF 123 KB)

Municipal Confirmation Form (PDF 291 KB)



Heritage is that which society inherits from previous generations and deems worthy of taking special measures to preserve for future generations