Advocacy

Heritage Ottawa promotes the preservation of Ottawa’s distinctive built heritage and cultural landscapes. We speak out for and defend worthy heritage properties that are at risk of inappropriate intervention or loss.

The Billings Estate, the East Block of the Parliament Buildings, and the Aberdeen Pavilion are just some of the properties that have benefitted from Heritage Ottawa's  efforts.

Heritage Ottawa maintains contact with the City of Ottawa Heritage Department and makes regular presentations to the Built Heritage Sub-Committee, the Planning Committee, and other committees at Ottawa City Hall.

Some of Heritage Ottawa's advocacy related activities, including letters and presentations to the City's Built Heritage Sub-Committee, Planning Committee, and Ottawa City Council are available for review on these pages.

To learn more about our major advocacy efforts, visit 50 Years | 50 Stories on our website.

 

  • CENTRAL EXPERIMENTAL FARM: HERITAGE OTTAWA LAUNCHES NEW VIDEO
    Monday, November 28, 2022

    HERITAGE OTTAWA

    As part of our work to protect the Central Experimental Farm from further encroachment, we created an important three-minute video to help raise awareness about the need...

  • WEBINAR: BILL 23 AND CHANGES TO OTTAWA CITY PLANNING
    Saturday, November 19, 2022

    SAVE THE DATE!  On Wednesday, November 23 at 7pm, Councillors Glen Gower and Jeff Leiper will be hosting an expert panel — including Heritage Ottawa's David Flemming — to answer your questions...

  • LEVERAGING THE HOUSING CRISIS TO CUT THROUGH HERITAGE PROTECTIONS IS NOT A SOLUTION
    Wednesday, November 9, 2022

    HERITAGE OTTAWA

    Now we know why the government of Ontario took over a year to approve Ottawa’s new Official Plan: it is called Bill 23, More Homes Built Faster Act. 

    OTTAWA'S NEW...

  • A Future for St. Brigid’s Centre for the Arts: Heritage Ottawa Part of Leaders Table
    Tuesday, October 18, 2022

    Heritage Ottawa is pleased to be part of a ''leaders table'' established under the auspices of Councillor Mathieu Fleury that includes representatives of the Lowertown Community Association,...

  • BILL C-23: A GOOD START, BUT NEEDS STRENGTHENING
    Wednesday, August 17, 2022

    HERITAGE OTTAWA

    After years of advocating for federal legislation to protect Canada's designated heritage places, Heritage Ottawa eagerly welcomed the first reading on June 7 of Bill C-23...

  • Heritage Ottawa Seeks City's Assurance that it will Protect St Brigid's Heritage Status
    Friday, August 12, 2022

    HERITAGE OTTAWA

    While there has been public concern expressed about the intentions of the prospective new owners of the former St. Brigid’s Church, Heritage Ottawa has focused our concern...

  • Lansdowne 2.0 Deserves an Open and Transparent Consultation Process
    Wednesday, August 10, 2022

    HERITAGE OTTAWA

    update 

    On June 8, City Council, in a 17 to 7 vote, ratified the recommendation of the Finance and Economic Development Committee (FEDCO) to support the $330 million OSEG/...

  • HERITAGE OTTAWA SUPPORTS PROPOSED NEW VACANT PROPERTY BY-LAW
    Friday, May 20, 2022

    HERITAGE OTTAWA

    On May 19, 2022 the Community and Protective Services Committee approved a City staff recommendation urging the creation of a long-overdue Vacant Property By-law. The...

  • Ontario Housing Affordability Task Force Recommendations Would Dismantle Value of Heritage Designation
    Thursday, March 10, 2022

    HERITAGE OTTAWA

    “It is a blatant grab for taking the powers of decision-making away from municipalities and putting power into the hands of our already largely unfettered development...

  • 70 Nicholas Street: High-Rise Proposal Integrates Historic Registry Office
    Monday, March 7, 2022

    HERITAGE OTTAWA

    update

    At a Public Information Session hosted by Councillor Mathieu Fleury on March 1, 2022, there were no details presented on how the historic Registry Office would be...

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