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Municipality of Port Hope receives Lieutenant Governor’s award

February 18, 2009
For immediate release

February 18, 2009
For immediate release

PORT HOPE – The Municipality of Port Hope is one of four communities receiving the 2008 Lieutenant Governor’s Ontario Heritage Award for Community Leadership. The award recognizes communities for exemplary leadership in heritage conservation and promotion.

“This award acknowledges communities on the leading edge of heritage conservation in this province,” said the Honourable David C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario. “The Municipality of Port Hope should be proud of its accomplishments.”

The Lieutenant Governor will present the awards at a Queen’s Park ceremony on February 20, in the presence of the Honourable Lincoln M. Alexander, Chairman of the Ontario Heritage Trust, as part of the province’s Heritage Week celebrations. The awards will be presented in conjunction with the Lieutenant Governor’s Ontario Heritage Awards recognizing volunteer achievements.

“We’re delighted the Municipality of Port Hope is receiving this special award,” said Mr. Alexander. “Their leadership in conserving local heritage sets a strong example for other communities across the province.”

The Lieutenant Governor’s Ontario Heritage Award for Community Leadership is awarded in four population sub-categories. The four recipients are: the Town of Perth (population under 10,000), the Municipality of Port Hope (population from 10,000 to 50,000), the City of Kingston (population of 50,000 to 125,000) and the Town of Markham (population over 125,000).

“The Municipality of Port Hope is honoured to receive this prestigious award,” said Linda Thompson, Mayor of the Municipality of Port Hope. “Our community takes great pride in our rich architectural history and we are pleased to be recognized as a leader in preservation of our heritage assets.”

The Municipality of Port Hope continues to be a leader in heritage conservation. Since its Municipal Heritage Committee was formed in 1977, over 176 properties have been designated under the Ontario Heritage Act, as well as two Heritage Conservation Districts. Port Hope offers property tax deferrals and grant programs for owners of designated commercial properties, and has a tree protection bylaw and policies governing heritage signs. The municipality has also adopted official policies for the protection of heritage properties, natural landscapes and archaeological sites, and has provided assistance with the restoration of several designated properties.

Home to the “Best Preserved Main Street in Ontario,” Port Hope takes pride in celebrating its built heritage through publications, special events and festivals, including Doors Open Ontario and the annual ACO House Tour. With numerous museums, archives and heritage organizations, this community has long recognized the important role that heritage plays in social and economic development.

In addition to the recipients of the Community Leadership Award, four communities are receiving honourable mentions: the Village of Manotick, the City of Thorold, the Town of Aurora and the City of Hamilton.

The Lieutenant Governor’s Ontario Heritage Awards are administered by the Ontario Heritage Trust, an agency of the Government of Ontario dedicated to identifying, preserving, protecting and promoting Ontario’s heritage.

Quick Facts:

  • The Lieutenant Governor’s Ontario Heritage Awards were established in 2007 by the Honourable James K. Bartleman, former Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, in partnership with the Ontario Heritage Trust.
  • The Community Leadership Award was added in 2008. This will be the first time it is presented.

Learn More:

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Catrina Colme
Marketing and Communications Coordinator
Ontario Heritage Trust
Telephone: 416-325-5074

Linda Thompson
Municipality of Port Hope
Telephone: 905-885-4544 ext. 229

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