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The mushrooming fix-up industry is the largest component of Canada's largest industry, construction. In Ontario, it pumps tens of billions of dollars annually into our GDP. And one in every eight Ontario buildings was constructed before World War II.
But if it is so economically vital, Marc Denhez asks, why is it still so hard to target even the best-of-the-best for reuse, instead of a trip to the dump? How did we get into this tunnel?
Join Marc Denhez, lawyer and adjudicator with over 30 years’ experience in the law of built, natural and intangible heritage, who breaks the problem down into three clear headwinds:
- A biased tax structure (including incentives for demolition and disincentives for repair);
- Misleading branding of the fix-up / reuse option; and
- Shortages of funded training for doing good fix-up on a budget.
Marc also sets out a path that could lead us out of the tunnel. Find out how a level playing field could be restored to the industry that could not only sustain our building assets, but capitalize on them.
Marc Denhez is a lawyer and retired Member of the National Capital Commission, Conservation Review Board, and Ontario Municipal Board (“OMB”, where he wrote over 800 decisions). He is a former Research Director of the Heritage Canada Foundation (now National Trust for Canada), chair of the government-industry task force on the future of Canada’s residential renovation industry, and co-recipient of an Award of Excellence from the Canadian Institute of Planners. Marc has authored over 250 publications (published in 7 languages); his book The Canadian Home ranked as a best-seller in Canadian non-fiction; and two others were distributed by the International Union of Local Authorities, and the World Bank.
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