Heritage Lighthouse Protection Act
S.C. 2008, c. 16
Assented to 2008-05-29
An Act to protect heritage lighthouses
WHEREAS lighthouses have long graced Canada’s rugged coastlines and majestic shores, providing and symbolizing direction, hope and safe harbour to generations of mariners;
AND WHEREAS lighthouses form an integral part of Canada’s identity, culture and heritage, and are of historic and aesthetic interest and significance to our communities and our nation;
AND WHEREAS communities in the areas in which lighthouses are situated have an important role in the conservation and protection of heritage lighthouses and in ensuring a public purpose for them;
AND WHEREAS it is important to provide access to heritage lighthouses in order for people to understand and appreciate the contribution of those lighthouses to Canada’s maritime heritage;
AND WHEREAS the Parliament of Canada recognizes that measures must be taken to conserve and protect our heritage lighthouses;
NOW, THEREFORE, Her Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate and House of Commons of Canada, enacts as follows:
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2. The following definitions apply in this Act.
« comité consultatif »
“advisory committee” means the advisory committee established by the Minister under section 10.
« modifier »
“alter” includes to restore or renovate, but does not include to perform routine maintenance and repairs.
« critère établi »
“established criteria” means the criteria established by the Minister under paragraph 16(a).
« phare patrimonial »
“heritage lighthouse” means a lighthouse designated as a heritage lighthouse under this Act, and includes any related building that is included in the designation.
« phare »
“lighthouse” means 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.
« ministre »
“Minister” means the Minister responsible for the Parks Canada Agency.
« bâtiment connexe »
“related building”, 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.
PURPOSE AND APPLICATION
3. The purpose of this Act is to conserve and protect heritage lighthouses by
(a) providing for the selection and designation of heritage lighthouses;
(b) preventing the unauthorized alteration or disposition of heritage lighthouses;
(c) requiring that heritage lighthouses be reasonably maintained; and
(d) facilitating sales or transfers of heritage lighthouses in order to ensure the lighthouses’ public purpose.
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