Under the Ontario Heritage Act muncipalities can pass by-laws to designate properties of cultural heritage value or interest.
Designation of heritage properties is a way of publically acknowledging a property’s value to a community. At the same time, designation helps to ensure the conservation of these important places for the benefit and enjoyment of present and future generations.
Heritage properties can also be designated as part of a larger group of properties as a heritage conservation districts.
For further information, see these tools and resources:
Ontario Heritage Toolkit Guides