Cultural Heritage Action Plan

About the plan

The City is developing a Cultural Heritage Action Plan (CHAP) to identify cultural heritage landscapes within Guelph and to prioritize actions to ensure that cultural heritage resources are conserved. The CHAP will help direct staff efforts, provide relevant information to Council to assist with development reviews relating to cultural heritage resources and provide advice on potential financial incentives that the City may explore in the future for designated heritage properties.

Key components of the CHAP include:

  • Review of related background work
  • Development of an inventory of candidate cultural heritage landscapes
  • Prioritization and advice related to key conservation actions and financial incentive options

MHBC Planning, in association with George Robb Architect, Wendy Shearer Landscape Architect and urbanMetrics have been retained by the City to assist in completing the CHAP.

What are cultural heritage resources?

Cultural heritage resources consist of archaeological resources, built heritage resources or cultural heritage landscapes (CHL). (Source: City of Guelph Official Plan)

Examples of significant cultural heritage landscapes in Guelph are Catholic Hill, Homewood , the Guelph Correctional Centre and the Brooklyn and College Hill Heritage Conservation District (HCD).

What’s happening?

Draft Cultural Heritage Action Plan (CHAP) presented to April 8 Council Planning agenda to receive Council’s comment and input and to release a draft for community consultation to be held on April 24, 2019.

Next steps

Additional information will be posted as it becomes available.

For more information

To be added to the mailing list for this project, please contact:

Stephen Robinson, Senior Heritage Planner
Planning and Building Services
519-822-1260 extension 2496
[email protected]

Key terms

Built heritage resource means one or more significant buildings, structures, landscapes, monuments, installations or visible remains associated with architectural, cultural, social, political, economic or military history and has been identified as being important to a community. These resources may be identified through designation or heritage conservation easements under the Ontario Heritage Act, or listed by local, provincial or federal jurisdictions. (Source: City of Guelph Official Plan)

Conserved means the identification, protection, management and use of built heritage resources, cultural heritage landscapes and archaeological resources in a manner that ensures their cultural heritage value or interest is retained under the Ontario Heritage Act. This may be achieved by the implementation of recommendations set out in a conservation plan, archaeological assessment, or heritage impact assessment. Mitigative measures or alternative development approaches can be included in these plans and assessments. (Source: Provincial Policy Statement 2014)

Cultural heritage landscape (CHL) means a defined geographical area of heritage significance which has been modified by human activities and is valued by the community. It may involve a grouping(s) of individual heritage features such as structures, spaces, archaeological sites and natural elements, which together form a significant type of heritage form, distinctive from that of its constituent elements or parts. Examples may include, but are not limited to; heritage conservation districts designated under the Ontario Heritage Act, parks, gardens, neighbourhoods, townscapes, farmscapes, battlefields, main streets, cemeteries, trail ways and industrial complexes of cultural heritage value or interest. (Sources: City of Guelph Official Plan; Provincial Policy Statement 2014; Ontario Heritage Toolkit)

Cultural heritage resource means an archaeological resource, built heritage resource or cultural heritage landscape resource.

Designated property means property designated under Part IV or Part V of the Ontario Heritage Act.

Heritage attributes mean, in relation to real property, and to the buildings and structures on the real property, the attributes that contribute to their cultural heritage value or interest. (Source: Ontario Heritage Act)

Listed property means property listed as non-designated on the Municipal Register of Cultural Heritage Properties.

Preservation is the action or process of protecting, maintaining, and/or stabilizing the existing materials, form, and integrity of a historic place or of an individual component, while protecting its heritage value. (Source: Standards and Guidelines for the Conservation of Historic Places in Canada)

Protected heritage property means property designated under Parts IV, V or VI of the Ontario Heritage Act; property subject to a heritage conservation easement under Parts II or IV of the Ontario Heritage Act; property identified by the Province and prescribed public bodies as provincial heritage property under the Standards and Guidelines for Conservation of Provincial Heritage Properties; property protected under federal legislation, and UNESCO World Heritage Sites. (Source: Provincial Policy Statement 2014)

Significant means, in regard to cultural heritage and archaeology, resources that have been determined to have cultural heritage value or interest for the important contribution they make to our understanding of the history of a place, an event, or a people. (Source: Provincial Policy Statement 2014)


Phase 1 of the Cultural Heritage Action Plan (CHAP) began in January 2018. The draft CHAP Background Report has been completed and will be reviewed by Heritage Guelph prior to being finalized. The final CHAP Background Report will be presented to Council as an Information Report in Q2 2018.

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