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.

  • 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...

  • Heritage Committee rejects developer’s latest bid to repurpose Westboro convent site
    Thursday, August 2, 2018

    GLOBAL NEWS | OTTAWA, By Beatrice Britneff

    The committee that reviews applications to redevelop Ottawa’s heritage properties has rejected Ashcroft Homes’ latest bid to repurpose the site of...

  • Heritage Ottawa to Built Heritage Sub-committee re: Chateau Laurier Addition | JUNE 18, 2018
    Sunday, June 24, 2018

    HERITAGE OTTAWA

    The following text was formally submitted by Heritage Ottawa to the Built Heritage Sub-committee for consideration at its meeting of June 18, 2018. President David Jeanes...

  • Phyllis Lambert to Mayor Jim Watson: Architects of Proposed Château Laurier Addition "Have Not Found a Viable Approach"
    Saturday, June 23, 2018

    HERITAGE OTTAWA

    Architectural visionary Phyllis Lambert, widely considered one of the world's most influential figures in architecture, has written a letter to Mayor Jim Watson to express...

  • Heritage Ottawa: Response to Latest Design for Proposed Addition to Château Laurier | June 2018
    Sunday, June 3, 2018

    HERITAGE OTTAWA | STATEMENT OF JUNE 3, 2018

    Owners of the Château Laurier have unveiled their latest design for a proposed addition to the venerable historic hotel, a National Historic Site...

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