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.

 

  • 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...

  • Heritage Ottawa Concerned Ambiguous Language in New Official Plan Could Weaken Heritage
    Wednesday, March 2, 2022

    HERITAGE OTTAWA

    update

    Heritage Ottawa is disappointed and concerned to learn that the final version of the new Official Plan (OP) approved by City Council included unclear and equivocal...

  • Revised Development Proposed for Strutt-Designed CNA Headquarters at 50 The Driveway
    Tuesday, February 8, 2022

    HERITAGE OTTAWA

    Heritage Ottawa has been closely following the proposal to redevelop the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) headquarters at 50 The Driveway in the Golden Triangle, next to...

  • Central Experimental Farm National Historic Site: Impact of new Ottawa Hospital
    Tuesday, October 5, 2021

    HERITAGE OTTAWA / Updated October 13, 2021

    Heritage Ottawa has been actively involved in a collective effort to protect the integrity of the Farm since the construction of a new hospital...

  • Should the feds 'save' the Alexandra Bridge? Some Ottawa-Gatineau candidates think so
    Saturday, September 18, 2021

    OTTAWA CITIZEN, by Taylor Blewett

    A group working to dissuade the federal government from its plan to tear down and replace the aged Alexandra Bridge, a key element of the National Capital...

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