Downtown Halifax Heritage District

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Occupying a prominent site in the proposed Heritage Conservation District, and in the heart of downtown Halifax, NS, Province House is an imposing, three-storey Neo-Classical building that exhibits the most refined elements of the Palladian style. Built of Nova Scotia sandstone, the home of the provincial legislature was completed in 1819.

On May 4, 2021, Regional Council approved a study to initiate a process to establish a new Heritage Conservation District (HCD) in Downtown Halifax. The municipality will gather public input on the proposed Downtown Halifax conservation plan. Stay tuned for engagement opportunities!

An HCD is a defined area of historic or architectural value. It is protected by regulations governing such things as demolition, exterior alteration, and new development. Financial incentives may apply to encourage private architectural conservation and programs may enhance public amenities.

There are currently two HCDs in Downtown Halifax: Barrington Street and Old South Suburb. The new Downtown Halifax HCD will integrate these two established HCDs with a new area called the Capital which will include Province House square, Granville Mall, and Historic Properties.

The new consolidated HCD plan will promote the distinct heritage values and character of these three historic areas of Downtown Halifax. It will reduce the number of plans and by-laws administered by the municipality and ensure greater consistency in the administration of a consolidated District.




On May 4, 2021, Regional Council approved a study to initiate a process to establish a new Heritage Conservation District (HCD) in Downtown Halifax. The municipality will gather public input on the proposed Downtown Halifax conservation plan. Stay tuned for engagement opportunities!

An HCD is a defined area of historic or architectural value. It is protected by regulations governing such things as demolition, exterior alteration, and new development. Financial incentives may apply to encourage private architectural conservation and programs may enhance public amenities.

There are currently two HCDs in Downtown Halifax: Barrington Street and Old South Suburb. The new Downtown Halifax HCD will integrate these two established HCDs with a new area called the Capital which will include Province House square, Granville Mall, and Historic Properties.

The new consolidated HCD plan will promote the distinct heritage values and character of these three historic areas of Downtown Halifax. It will reduce the number of plans and by-laws administered by the municipality and ensure greater consistency in the administration of a consolidated District.