Updates to the Ontario Heritage Toolkit

ERO number
Notice type
Ontario Heritage Act, R.S.O. 1990
Posted by
Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries
Transferred to
Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport
Notice stage
Proposal posted
Comment period
June 1, 2021 - July 2, 2021 (32 days) Closed
Last updated

This consultation was open from:

June 1, 2021
to July 2, 2021

Proposal summary

We are consulting on updates to a set of five guides that are part of the Ontario Heritage Toolkit -- the core guidance material for users of the Ontario Heritage Act (OHA). The Ontario Heritage Act enables municipalities to pass by-laws to protect real property that has cultural heritage value or interest. The Toolkit explains this process.

Proposal details

The five Toolkit guides explain step-by-step how municipal councils and their associates can undertake the identification and conservation of heritage properties using powers under the Ontario Heritage Act. They also describe roles community members can play in municipal heritage conservation, as participants on municipal heritage committees, or through local research conducted by groups with an understanding of heritage.

Key users of the Ontario Heritage Tool Kit include municipal councils, municipal staff, municipal heritage committees, land use planners, heritage professionals, heritage organizations, property owners, and others seeking to understand the heritage conservation process in Ontario.

Tool Kit updates follow amendments to the Ontario Heritage Act made through the More Homes, More Choice Act, 2019. The amendments were the subject of a previous consultation on the Registry [ERO 019-0021]. The ministry also posted a new draft regulation to support the amendments in Fall of 2020 [ERO 019-1348].

The Toolkit updates assist users to understand these recent changes, which come into effect as O. Reg. 385/21 on July 1, 2021.

PDFs of the guides are included in this posting. A summary of the five guides is set out below.

  1. Designating Heritage Properties is a guide to municipal designation of individual properties under the Ontario Heritage Act. It includes flow charts that outline processes step-by-step.
  2. Heritage Property Evaluation is a guide to listing, researching and evaluating cultural heritage property in Ontario communities.
  3. Heritage Conservation Districts is a guide to designating districts, containing multiple properties, under the Ontario Heritage Act in order to conserve local character and heritage interest.
  4. Your Community, Your Heritage, Your Committee is a guide to establishing and sustaining an effective Municipal Heritage Committee that provides advice to council.
  5. Heritage Places of Worship is a guide to keeping heritage places of worship viable in the community while conserving their cultural heritage value or interest.


Commenting is now closed.

The comment period was from June 1, 2021
to July 2, 2021

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Samuel Wesley

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Programs and Services Branch - Heritage, Tourism and Culture Division

401 Bay Street
Toronto, ON
M7A 0A7

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