Renovations/Capital Improvements

New construction, structural alterations, or repairs necessitating a building permit all require Diocesan Council approval. Similarly, no parish shall incur any financial obligation not expected to be liquidated within one (1) year without the written consent of the Bishop and the Diocesan Council.

Approvals Procedure

The diocesan approvals process (plus required documentation) is outlined in Canon 6 and the ‘Procedure Pursuant to Canon 6 as Prescribed by Diocesan Council’. A Canon 6 flowchart is also provided for additional visual reference.

Projects are reviewed, and a recommendation is made to Diocesan Council, by each of the following: Project Review Committee (PRC), Executive Board and Trusts Committee.

Parishes are reminded that to avoid any potential conflicts of interest, all professionals retained in connection with these types of projects should be at arms-length from the parish corporation.

Building Permit & hard construction cost GREATER than $75,000.00

No process change; requests must receive Approval in Principle and/or Final Approval, per the Procedure Pursuant to Canon 6, before project start.

(*NEW*) Building Permit & hard construction cost LESS than $75,000.00

The new Simplified Canon 6 Procedure applies (see the Summary Chart):

  1. Complete all due diligence items on the Green Checklist
  2. Email a fully completed & signed checklist to
  3. Once a fully completed & signed checklist is submitted, parishes may proceed with the project. Checklists are reported quarterly to the Trusts Committee & Diocesan Council.

Loans “not expected to be liquidated in one (1) year” must still be approved in advance by Diocesan Council, per the Procedure Pursuant to Canon 6.

For more information, contact Wendy Pearson, Property Resources Specialist, at 416-363-6021, ext. 245 (1-800-668-8932).