Community Heritage Ontario

Patrimoine communautaire de l'Ontario


     Serving Ontario's Municipal Heritage Committees

Training Needs Survey

As Mick Jagger and the Stones said: “You don't always get what you want, but you get what you need.” In order to set up relevant training sessions, we need your assistance. What training do you need in order to fully carry out your municipal heritage committee role? We want to do what we can to ensure that municipal heritage committees are functioning to their full potential. Focusing on training is particularly relevant now because many new municipal heritage committee members have just been appointed. Please fill out the Survey Monkey at your earliest convenience during January 2019. You will see from the survey that it can be filled out by municipal employees responsible for heritage matters, heritage advocates, and heritage property owners, as well as members of municipal heritage committees. It takes less than five minutes to complete.

CHO Service Awards

Call for nominations

Nominate someone for one of the CHO Awards...To view the requirements click here

Latest edition of the OAHP newsletter is now available! 

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Designation under the Ontario Heritage Act
Presentation made on September 29, 2018
in Sarnia, Ontario by Paul R. King
Community Heritage Ontario Board Member
click here to review

From the 2018 Ontario Heritage Conference in Sault Ste. Marie

Welcome Message from Wayne Morgan, President CHO

Click to view the CHO presentation:

Building and Maintaining the Municipal Heritage Register

Ontario Association of Heritage Professionals (OAHP) Newsletter Spring Edition 2018

To read the complete issue click here

Thanks to OAHP for allowing us to share this with you!


Official Plan Review by Paul R. King

Members of a municipal heritage committee can provide very useful advisory input when their municipality is reviewing and revising its official plan.
To read the complete article click here.

Revisiting Value - Whose Heritage are we Protecting?

A PowerPoint presentation from  Beth Hanna, CEO, Ontario Heritage Trust

As presented at the 2017 Ontario Heritage Conference June 10, 2017

To view click here

Welcome Message from CHO President Wayne Morgan

As presented at the 2017 Ontario Heritage Conference

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CHO and Bill C323 - Letter to Standing Committee

To read our letter sent to  the standing committee and
Peter Van Loan click here.  

From the 2017 Ontario Heritage Conference - Our first video 

More to come!

A Conversation on the History of Heritage - OAHP session with Marcus Letourneau, Carl Bray, Marc Denhez and Zack Hamm


Main Street Infrastructure: Options for Repairs/Replacement

From the 2016 Ontario Heritage Conference in Stratford-St. Marys - May 12-14, 2016. Presentation from  Bruce Grant, BM Ross & Assoc. Ltd., Julie Docker Johnson, Chair St. Marys BIA, Brett Kittmer, CAO St.Marys

Is Climate Change Already Impacting Infrastructure?

Recorded session from the 2016 Ontario Heritage Conference in Stratford-St. Marys - May 12-14, 2016. Presentation from Jim Young, RWDI Air


PowerPoint Presentation from 2016 Ontario Heritage Conference now available

Eileen P. K. Costello, LLP -  click on title to view Designating Lessons Part 1 & Designating Lessons Part 2

Eileen Costello is a member of Aird & Berlis LLP's Municipal & Land Use Planning Group. Eileen articled with the firm, became an associate in 2002 and a partner in 2006.


Eileen practises exclusively in the area of municipal and land use planning law, including acquiring development approvals for a broad range of clients and advising municipalities on all aspects of the statutory and regulatory scheme which governs land development and regulation in the province. Eileen also undertakes prosecutions for municipalities in respect of zoning, property standards and building standards enforcement. Eileen appears regularly before municipal authorities and administrative tribunals, most notably the Ontario Municipal Board and the Conservation Review Board. She also appears before the Superior Court of Justice and the Divisional Court in respect of leave motions and appeals from the Ontario Municipal Board, decisions of chief building officials, and by-law interpretation matters.

Eileen is the author of The Ontario Heritage Act and Commentary and has a growing specialization with respect to heritage matters, including advising private property owners and municipal governments with respect to their obligations and opportunities under the Act.

CHO is launching a new initiative for HCD

(Heritage Conservation Districts) 

A reference library of links, documents and information about HCDs for proponents, residents and staff. Please feel free to contact us about the information you would like to see and resources you need. To access our HDC page click on photo.

Are you looking for good information on the Ontario Heritage Act? Watch Jim Leonard of the Ontario Heritage Trust explain the ins and outs of it, in this video from the Ontario Heritage Conference - Heritage Properties Real Estate & Insurance
Looking for best practices? View our video on Vacant, Derelict Heritage Properties - The Ottawa Initiative - learn about their by-law for heritage property standards