Major Hamilton Company Backs Cardus Balfour House Proposal


 Budget Environmental joins Cardus as lead philanthropic partner in OpenBalfour project


August 28, 2019

HAMILTON, ON – A proposal by think tank Cardus to restore Hamilton’s historic Balfour House has taken a big step forward. Major Hamilton-based company Budget Environmental has now joined Cardus as lead philanthropic partner for the heritage preservation project.

“We’re thrilled to join Cardus and its partners in support of the restoration of the Balfour Estate,” said Ian Bartels, President of Budget Environmental. “The restoration plan is solid and beneficial for Hamilton – a city that has been good to our company and family. So, we want to show our gratitude by getting involved in preserving this important piece of city heritage.”

As lead philanthropic partner in the recently launched project to restore Balfour House, Budget Environmental joins two other local employers – Invizij Architects and Schilthuis Constrution – already cooperating with Cardus on the heritage restoration proposal. 

“This signature gift is a major boost for the Cardus proposal to restore Balfour House,” said Michael Van Pelt, President and CEO of Cardus. “Budget Environmental is a highly respected company in Hamilton.  Their major gift adds credence to our request to Hamilton City Council for approval of our proposal.”

Cardus has offered to take the full $1.5 million burden off the shoulders of taxpayers and the City of Hamilton by restoring and occupying the unused and deteriorating Balfour House.The property is currently owned by the Ontario Heritage Trust, while the city manages it. The goal of OpenBalfour would be to ensure a beautifully restored and meticulously maintained property for the Ontario Heritage Trust in 2039. 

For more details on the propsal, visit OpenBalfour.


Daniel Proussalidis
Cardus – Director of Communications
613-241-4500 x508

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Cardus is a non-partisan, not-for-profit public policy think tank focused on the following areas: education, family, work & economics, communities, end-of-life care, and religious freedom. It conducts independent and original research, produces several periodicals, and regularly stages events with Senior Fellows and interested constituents across Canada and the U.S.