Saving Toronto's Built Heritage

City Council is currently considering three member motions that would help protect and preserve Toronto's built heritage. The recommendations center on the creation of a City-wide heritage survey to list all buildings with potential heritage value.

Heritage Toronto has long argued for an update to the City's Inventory of Heritage Properties. Our 2015 State of Heritage report noted the reactive approach taken to inclusions on the list, which are often only considered once a development application is submitted.

We have discussed this issue with the councillors involved, including Heritage Toronto Board member Councillor Fragedakis, and Mayor John Tory. We have recommended the allocation of more staff and resources for the proactive identification of properties for the Inventory.

We are pleased to support the member motions and will continue to work with the City to realize a robust and timely approach to the identification and protection of our built heritage.

To read the motions, see:
MM28.25: Moved by Councillor David Shiner, seconded by Mayor John Tory
MM28.26: Moved by Councillor Mary Fragedakis, seconded by Councillor Frances Nunziata
MM28.27: Moved by Councillor Joe Mihevc, seconded by Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam