Under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act, City Council may recognize and protect properties of cultural heritage value or interest through individual designation. By designating properties of cultural heritage value, City Council ensures their protection for the benefit of present and future generations. A property may be worthy for individual designation if it satisfies one or more of the following criteria established through Ontario Regulation 9/06.
Design or Physical Value
The property has design or physical value because it is a rare, unique or early example of a style, type, expression, material or construction material; displays a high degree of craftsmanship or artistic merit or demonstrates a high degree of technical or scientific achievement
Historical or Associative Value
The property has historical or associative value because it has direct associations with a theme, event, belief, person, activity or institution that is significant to the community; contributes to the understanding of the community, demonstrates the work or ideas of an architect, artist, builder, designer, of significance to the community.
The building has contextual value because it is important in defining, maintaining or supporting the character of the area; is physically, functionally, visually or historically linked to its surroundings or is a landmark.