Heritage Inventory Project
Preserving our city's built heritage is a priority for the City of Ottawa. To better manage our built heritage resources, the City has initiated the Heritage Inventory Project (HIP). This project involves a city wide survey and evaluation of all built structures in order to determine which resources contribute to the city's cultural heritage.
Important outcomes of the project include an updated Heritage Register and a digital map-based inventory of Ottawa's heritage structures.
The project involves:
- Analyzing architectural style, construction materials, and integrity of buildings in neighbourhoods throughout the city
- Consulting with community associations, councillors, historians and residents
- Conducting archival research, identifying historical resources and reviewing historical information submitted by residents
- Using GIS technology to locate and identify buildings and other resources of cultural heritage value in all City communities and assessing their contribution to the historic fabric of each neighbourhood.
- Evaluating Heritage Value [ PDF 75 KB ]
- Adding properties to the Heritage Register as non-designated listings
Listing on the Heritage Register
The City of Ottawa intends to add properties to its Heritage Register as non-designated listings.
Section 27 of the Ontario Heritage Act permits municipalities to list properties of cultural heritage value or interest on its Heritage Register. Section 27 requires owners of properties listed on the Heritage Register to provide the City with 60 days’ notice of intent to demolish or remove a building or structure. This allows the City enough time to decide whether to allow the 60 days to expire or to begin the designation process to give long-term protection to the property. There are no restrictions on alterations to properties listed under Section 27 of the Ontario Heritage Act.
For more information, see Changes to listed heritage properties
The Heritage Inventory Project began in 2016 as a City Council initiative. Additions to the Heritage Register for Lowertown, Sandy Hill, Old Ottawa East and Old Ottawa South were approved by Council in 2017. Over 2300 additions to the Heritage Register across Ottawa were approved by Council in June 2019.
A report recommending the addition of 500+ properties to the Heritage Register as non-designated listings will be presented to the Built Heritage Sub-Committee:
Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Champlain Room, City Hall
110 Laurier Avenue West
Ottawa, Ontario K1P 1J1
Members of the public have the opportunity to speak and/or provide written comments on the report at the Built Heritage Sub-Committee meeting.
In response to the spring 2019 floods, properties in wards 1, 5, 7 and 19 were removed from the June 2019 report and will be included in the November report to the Built Heritage Sub-Committee. This report rises to Council on Wednesday November 27, 2019. Members of the public have the opportunity to provide written comments on the report to Council.
The November report is the fourth and final report resulting from the Heritage Inventory Project. This report updates the Heritage Register in all remaining areas of Ottawa, completing the project and achieving Strategic Initiative 42: 2015-2018 Term of Council Priorities.
Heritage Services staff will be available to answer questions at the following information sessions:
Shenkman Arts Centre
Monday October 7, 2019
6 pm to 8 pm
245 Centrum Boulevard
Ottawa, ON K1E 0A1
Foster Farm Community Centre
Wednesday October 9, 2019
6 pm to 8 pm
1065 Ramsey Crescent
Ottawa, ON K2B 8A1
Heritage Services staff are also offering drop-in hours at the following Client Service Centre location:
West Carleton Client Service Centre
Wednesday October 16, 2019
8:30 am to 4:30 pm
5670 Carp Road
Ottawa, Ontario K0A 2H0
In response to the spring 2019 floods, properties in wards 1, 5, 7 and 19 were removed from the June 2019 report and will be recommended for addition to the Heritage Register in a report to the Built Heritage Sub-Committee scheduled for fall 2019.
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