Just announced and posted a couple of days ago: the public nomination process for new additions to the Vancouver Heritage Register …
In broad terms, the Heritage Register is an information document; as I understand it, owners of properties will not be able to say “no” to a nomination, but they will be notified. You will notice that sites should respond to one of the broad themes of Vancouver’s culture and history – this is an evolution of the old Heritage Register which was more closely focused on architecture and landscape. That said, sites where “something happened,” however significant, may be more difficult to categorize and save than architecturally interesting buildings, but we will see how it works out.
To make sure you’re not nominating a site that’s already on the register, go to the Vancouver Heritage Foundation’s Site Finder Map. It’s the best way to familiarize yourself with the buildings and places that are already recognized.
Being on the Heritage Register is no guarantee, and never has been one, of any sort of protection against demolition or alteration. It does, however, make a place eligible for a process that eventually could confer “designation” – that is, legal protection.