Advocacy

Heritage Ottawa advocates for 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 Billlings 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 advocacy efforts.

Heritage Ottawa maintains contact with the City of Ottawa Heritage Department and makes regular advocacy 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, along with other advocacy-related documents.

  • In Response to Letter from Heritage Ottawa, City-Owned Heritage Buildings unavailable for Corporate Naming Rights
    Wednesday, March 13, 2019

    HERITAGE OTTAWA

    Heritage Ottawa recently learned that at least two of the city's most important heritage structures appear on a list of city-owned buildings available for corporate naming...

  • HERITAGE OTTAWA | Response to Latest Design for Proposed Addition to Château Laurier | March 2019
    Monday, March 4, 2019

    HERITAGE OTTAWA | STATEMENT OF MARCH 4, 2019

    For more than two years, Canadians have been witnessing with growing concern a sequence of various design proposals for an addition to the...

  • Booth Street Complex One Step Closer to Designation under Ontario Heritage Act
    Monday, February 11, 2019

    HERITAGE OTTAWA

    A city staff report recommending designation of the Booth Street Complex as a property of cultural heritage value under the Ontario Heritage Act (OHA) received the support...

  • STUDENT EXHIBITION continues the discussion of forthcoming Château Laurier addition
    Sunday, December 9, 2018

    HERITAGE OTTAWA

    An exhibition of alternative designs for an addition to the Château Laurier Hotel, created by students of Carleton University's Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism,...

  • Today's Letters: Here's why the City of Ottawa must expropriate Somerset House
    Tuesday, November 20, 2018

    OTTAWA CITIZEN | EDITORIAL BOARD, By David Jeanes

    Re: Owner of Somerset House would rather tear it down, build a replica building, Nov. 16, 2018

    So the owner of Somerset House has...

  • Heritage Ottawa Asks the Municipal Candidates Where They Stand on Heritage
    Monday, October 22, 2018

    HERITAGE OTTAWA

    The municipal elections on October 22 provided an opportunity to consider the vital role of heritage places in our urban, suburban and rural environments.

    To see...

  • Heritage Ottawa Supports Stronger Measures to Save Somerset House
    Tuesday, September 18, 2018

    HERITAGE OTTAWA

    In a media release today, Heritage Ottawa expressed support for strong measures being put in place to protect Somerset House from further deterioration.  Located at the...

  • Westboro convent proposal gets planning committee's OK
    Tuesday, August 28, 2018

    CBC NEWS, By Joanne Chianello

    Worried about leaving a former convent in Westboro empty too long, city councillors on Ottawa's planning committee approved a plan Monday to attach a nine-...

  • Flemming: Ottawa needs more robust rules to preserve its heritage buildings
    Saturday, August 4, 2018

    OTTAWA CITIZEN, By David B. Flemming

    The recent partial collapse of the late 19th-century Magee House – a heritage designated building on Wellington Street West – raises the question of how...

  • Development controversy continues as vote goes against plan for former Westboro convent
    Friday, August 3, 2018

    OTTAWA CITIZEN, By Jon Willing

    The old Westboro convent is still at the centre of a development controversy, with the owner on Thursday failing to win approval from the city’s heritage...

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