The Ontario Heritage Act Register is a unique central repository of documents related to all heritage designation under the Ontario Heritage Act. The documents are submitted to the Trust by municipalities, under statute.
The Register is defined under section 23 of the Ontario Heritage Act:
The Trust shall keep a register and shall enter in the register particulars of,
(a) all properties designated under Parts IV and VI
(b) all heritage conservation districts designated under Part V
(c) any other properties that in the opinion of the Minister are of cultural heritage value or interest
Most provinces keep some form of statutory heritage register; heritage legislation from almost all jurisdictions includes sections on a provincial register. Most provinces also have online versions of their provincial register databases within the Canada's Historic Places. Note: This register is a work in progress to provide information about historic places in Canada that are recognized for their heritage value.
Sandyford Place in Hamilton (August 1975) was the first Part IV designation under the Ontario Heritage Act, based on information in the Register.
The Register can be used by the public at large. It is more likely, however, that a narrower group of stakeholders would use the Register on a regular basis, including: heritage planners, municipal clerks, urban planners, historians, geographers, stakeholders in the heritage community, students, private consultants, tourism operators, real estate professionals and the development community. See How the Register is used …
The Register provides a unique, provincewide perspective on municipal heritage designation programs in Ontario. The information contained in the Register can serve many functions. It can be used to help municipalities draft heritage designation bylaws, identify and evaluate trends and best practices in heritage conservation, assist with the development of heritage policy, help communities prepare tourism packages and walking tours, and provide vital raw data for research and analysis. Planners, property owners, land developers and consultants can use the Register to help determine if a particular property is designated as being of cultural heritage value.
The Register can be used generally by anyone to answer questions such as:
The Ontario Heritage Trust is responsible for the Register as mandated under Section 23 of the Ontario Heritage Act. When municipal councils pass, amend or repeal a designating bylaw, make decisions about alterations or demolitions of heritage buildings, approve grants, launch heritage conservation district studies or pursue other actions enabled by the Ontario Heritage Act, documents generated by these processes must be served on the Trust. These documents are maintained by the Ontario Heritage Act Registrar.
Section 27 of the Ontario Heritage Act states that the municipal clerk shall keep a register of properties that are of cultural heritage value in the municipality. These local, publically accessible registers contain information about all properties designated under sections 29 or 41 of the act. They may also include a list of properties that have not been designated but that the local council still believes has cultural heritage value. They are often referred to as listed properties.
The Ontario Heritage Act Register is mandated under section 23 of the Ontario Heritage Act. It has a provincewide focus and holds statutory documents and information about all designated heritage properties in Ontario, along with all heritage conservation districts. When a municipality passes, amends or appeals a heritage designation bylaw, the municipal clerk sends copies of the relevant documents to the Trust for inclusion in the Ontario Heritage Act Register.