Renovations/Capital Improvements

Parishes need to get Diocesan Council’s approval for new construction, structural alterations or repairs that require a building permit.

They also can’t incur any financial obligation they don’t expect to liquidate within a year without the written consent of the bishop and Diocesan Council.

Approvals Procedure

For the details of the diocesan approvals process and the documentation you need to submit, see:

The Project Review Committee (PRC), Executive Board and Trusts Committee review projects and make recommendations to Diocesan Council.

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

Requests must receive Approval in Principle and/or Final Approval before the project starts (consult the Procedure Pursuant to Canon 6 for details).

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

The simplified Canon 6 procedure applies (see the Summary Chart).

  1. Complete all due diligence items on the Green Checklist
  2. Email a fully completed and signed checklist to
  3. Once you’ve submitted your checklist, you can proceed with the project. Checklists are reported quarterly to the Trusts Committee and Diocesan Council.

Loans not expected to be liquidated in one year still need to be approved in advance by Diocesan Council.

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

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