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.


  • Heritage Ottawa Supports a National Portrait Gallery at 100 Wellington
    Tuesday, September 6, 2016
    Public Consultation Continues to September 9


    On August 18, several members of Heritage Ottawa's board of directors welcomed the opportunity to tour the former U.S. Embassy...

  • Advocates Offer Advice for Ottawa's New Heritage Task Force
    Monday, July 25, 2016

    OTTAWA CITIZEN, By Matthew Pearson

    The first thing Mayor Jim Watson’s new heritage task force must do is ensure the city’s property standards bylaw is being actively enforced, says the...

  • Task force promises to help protect Ottawa’s architectural heritage
    Friday, July 15, 2016


    The City of Ottawa will create a heritage matters task force that will monitor heritage properties on a regular basis to help encourage the proper maintenance and protection...

  • Heritage Ottawa opposes demolition-by-neglect of Somerset House
    Thursday, June 30, 2016


    Formerly a grand landmark at the intersection of Bank and Somerset Streets, Somerset House appears doomed to be demolished piece-by-piece.

    The building has stood...

  • Celebrating a Successful Advocay Effort for respect of the Capital's Long Term Vision and Plan
    Wednesday, April 20, 2016
    Memorial to the Victims of Communism to be built at new location


    Advocating for the protection of Ottawa's built heritage and cultural landscapes is an ongoing effort for...

  • Editorial: Limiting Public Input on the Hospital
    Wednesday, March 9, 2016

    OTTAWA CITIZEN, Editorial Board

    There has been “confusion” about how the public is to be consulted on building a new Civic campus for The Ottawa Hospital, admits CEO Dr. Jack Kitts. Indeed...

  • Hospital goes to public with pitch, but public won't get say in location
    Tuesday, March 8, 2016

    OTTAWA CITIZEN, By Elizabeth Payne

    It is time for Ottawa residents to “resolve our differences” over the location of a new Civic hospital and forge a plan for a new one, The Ottawa Hospital...

  • Public Has its say on proposed super-hospital site
    Tuesday, March 8, 2016

    OTTAWA CITIZEN, By Aeden Helmer

    The public was finally given the chance to offer feedback on the site of the city’s new multibillion-dollar hospital on Monday night, and the people didn’t...

  • CBC Radio Interview: Kitts on New Hospital
    Monday, March 7, 2016

    CBC Morning

    Is the Central Experimental Farm the best site for a new hospital in Ottawa?

    After the controversy over the Central Experimental Farm site, The Ottawa Hospital is now...

  • Anderson: Stop Coveting the Experimental Farm
    Monday, February 29, 2016

    Heritage Ottawa and the Coalition to Protect the Central Experimental Farm remain concerned that the Farm is still the principle target for a new site for the Ottawa Hospital. We can still achieve...