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Role of municipalities

Whitehern, Hamilton
Whitehern, Hamilton (Photo: Doors Open Hamilton).

Municipalities are required to submit designation bylaws, notices and key documents to the Ontario Heritage Trust as part of the legal designation process. Working with the Trust and its Registrar, municipalities can ensure that they have provided complete records of all heritage designations.

How are documents received by the Trust?

Section 67 of the Ontario Heritage Act stipulates that any document required under the act or regulations be given, delivered or served by one of the following:

  • hand delivery
  • standard mail service (as of December 2009, registered mail was no longer a requirement)
  • commercial courier service
  • a method prescribed by regulation
Electronic delivery methods (e.g., fax or email) is not deemed to be sufficient.
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