NEWS & EVENTS | March 11, 2019

USB to Be Officially Recognized as a Heritage Resource

Université de Saint-Boniface ChapelUniversité de Saint-Boniface Chapel 

Université de Saint-Boniface (USB) will soon be recognized as a heritage resource of Manitoba’s capital. As a result, various components of its building, built in 1911, will be officially protected.  

On February 4, in the Susan A. Thompson Building, the City of Winnipeg’s Standing Policy Committee on Property and Development, Heritage and Downtown Development finalized the nomination received in October 2018. The motion will now be forwarded to City Council, after which USB can be officially added to the city’s list of heritage resources.  

“This is great news for USB, especially in terms of visibility and promotion,” said René Bouchard, USB’s Vice‑President (Administration and Finance). “It will help make visitors to Winnipeg more aware of our building’s beautiful historic character.”

According to this motion, many exterior elements of the main building will be protected, namely on its north, west and east facades. The chapel is the chief original element of the building’s interior on the list.

On behalf of USB, René Bouchard is delighted that the City will be recognizing the building, which is already symbolic for the Francophone community. “It’s great to know that more people will be able to see what we have recognized for a long time here at the university.”

“Officially, the designation will not change much for USB, as the institution had already made the protection of its assets a priority some time ago. However, it will ensure interest in this protection at a higher level.”

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