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Tools for individuals, municipalities and communities

Our inheritance of architecture, cultural landscapes, and material culture is an irreplaceable asset and resource. In Ontario, the task of conserving our inheritance of historically and architecturally significant properties is primarily a municipal matter. The Ontario Heritage Act provides a framework within which municipalities can ensure the conservation of properties of cultural heritage value or interest.

Ontario Heritage Toolkit

The Ontario Heritage Toolkit is a series of written booklets. These booklets are guides to help municipal Councils, municipal staff, Municipal Heritage Committees, land use planners, heritage professionals, heritage organizations, property owners, and others understand the heritage conservation process in Ontario. They explain the Ontario Heritage Act, the Planning Act, and related programs.

Municipal heritage committees

The Ontario Heritage Act encourages local citizen participation in heritage conservation. It authorizes the council of a municipality to create a by-law that establishes a municipal heritage committee. Municipal heritage committees, comprised of local citizens who serve their community as volunteers, advise municipal councils and residents on local heritage matters and help municipalities carry out their heritage conservation programs. They are legitimate vehicles for coordinating and conveying community concerns.

For more information on municipal heritage committees, please contact:

Supporting heritage in your community

This ministry has created a presentation that can help your municipal heritage committee or local heritage organizations make the case for supporting heritage in your community. It includes:

  • Tips and Hints for Giving the Presentation
  • Supporting Heritage Slides
  • Main Presentation Speaker Notes
  • Supporting Heritage Supplemental Slides
  • Supplemental Slides Speaker Notes

Heritage property tax relief and sample agreements

Other resources