Heritage Conservation

A community's heritage is that which is inherited from its past. This can include sites, structures, buildings and environments of historic, architectural or cultural interest. The City of Ottawa's objective in conserving significant elements of its past is to celebrate, revitalize, stabilize and enhance the community as well as to contribute to its physical, social, educational and economic development.

  • Ottawa now has approximately 3500 properties designated under the Ontario Heritage Act ranging from simple Lowertown cottages to rural churches and stone farmhouses.
  • Heritage Conservation Districts conserve and enhance the unique historical and architectural character of a district.
  • City Council approval is required before alterations or demolition of a heritage property.

The City recognizes outstanding achievements in heritage conservation.