Designating heritage properties
Heritage designation under the Ontario Heritage Act has protected thousands of heritage properties in hundreds of communities across Ontario. One can designate individual properties (under Part IV of the Act) or as part of a larger area or Heritage Conservation District (under Part V). Municipalities can designate properties of cultural heritage value or interest through a by-law.
Designating a heritage property or district helps owners and communities express pride in the heritage value of their property and community and promote awareness of their local history. It also helps them gain public recognition and protection from demolition or unsympathetic alteration.