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Heritage conservation

The City of Ottawa Heritage Program

The conservation of cultural heritage resources is a priority for the City of Ottawa. Historic buildings, districts and landscapes provide us with physical reminders of our past and a greater understanding and appreciation of our local identity. The City of Ottawa conserves significant cultural heritage resources to celebrate, revitalize, stabilize and enhance the community as well as to contribute to its physical, social, cultural and economic development. The City has over 300 individually designated buildings and 18 heritage conservation districts.

Heritage planning is the preservation, conservation, rehabilitation, restoration and management of heritage resources. Cultural heritage resources can include sites, structures, buildings, and landscapes of historic, architectural or contextual value. Heritage planners work to manage change throughout the city to ensure that cultural heritage resources are retained, protected and integrated into new developments.

The Heritage Services Section is part of the Planning, Infrastructure and Economic Development Department. The Section is responsible for researching and evaluating properties and areas for designation, assisting property owners with restoration projects, evaluating applications for alterations and demolition under the Ontario Heritage Act. The Section provides expert advice to the Built Heritage Sub-Committee, Planning Committee, Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee and City Council on built heritage matters.

The Heritage Services Section maintains the City's Heritage Register which includes designated properties and properties listed under Section 27 of the Ontario Heritage Act. The City also maintains a Heritage Reference List which lists over 10,000 properties of heritage interest in Ottawa.

Built Heritage Sub-Committee

The Built Heritage Sub-Committee (BHS-C) is a sub-committee of Planning Committee and provides advice to City Council on built heritage issues. The BHS-C is established under the Ontario Heritage Act and is comprised of four members of council and three members of the public. 

Contact Us

For more information on the City of Ottawa Heritage Program, please contact:

Sally Coutts, Co-ordinator
Heritage Services Unit
Right-of-Way, Heritage and Urban Design
Planning, Infrastructure and Economic Development
613-580-2424 ext. 13474

Identifying and Protecting Heritage Properties

  • Ottawa now has approximately 3500 properties designated under the Ontario Heritage Act ranging from simple Lowertown cottages to rural churches and stone farmhouses.
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Awards and Recognition

The City recognizes outstanding achievements in heritage conservation.

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Heritage Grant Program for Building Restoration