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.


  • Re: Mandate of Built Heritage Sub-Committee
    Thursday, April 9, 2015

    The following submission was made by Heritage Ottawa to the Built Heritage Subcommittee on April 9, 2015.


    9 April 2015

    Heritage Ottawa to Built Heritage Sub-Committee (BHSC...

  • Heritage Ottawa Submission to Planning Committee Re: 2015 Draft Operating and Capital Budget
    Tuesday, February 24, 2015

    Re: 2015 Draft Operating and Capital Budget - 2015.02.24 -  Agenda Item 10 

    For more than 40 years Heritage Ottawa volunteers have worked with City Council and staff, community associations...

  • Concerns For The Future of the Central Experimental Farm
    Sunday, February 15, 2015

    HERITAGE OTTAWA, By Leslie Maitland

    The recent announcement that 60 acres will be severed from the Central Experimental Farm (CEF) raises serious concerns for the future of this culturally...

  • Ottawa Landmark Heads for Designation
    Saturday, February 14, 2015

    HERITAGE OTTAWA, By Leslie Maitland

    ​The Built Heritage Sub-Committee (BHSC) has recommended the designation of St. Anne's Rectory, located at 17 Myrand Street in Lowertown, under Part IV...

  • A Better Location for Memorial to the Victims of Communism
    Monday, February 9, 2015

    HERITAGE OTTAWA, By Leslie Maitland

    Heritage Ottawa supports the position of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) that the proposed Memorial to the Victims of Communism be...

  • OMB Ruling on Sandy Hill Project Reveals Need for Change
    Friday, February 6, 2015

    HERITAGE OTTAWA, By Leslie Maitland

    The recent OMB ruling in favour of a developer's proposal to build new student housing in Sandy HIll points to certain weaknesses in our city's heritage...

  • New Term of Council Begins for Built Heritage Sub-Committee
    Tuesday, January 13, 2015

    HERITAGE OTTAWA, By Leslie Maitland

    Today marked the first meeting of the newly-constituted Built Heritge Sub-Committee (BHSC). The purpose of this Committee is to consider City staff...

  • City Staff Support Proposed Alterations to Charles Billings House
    Thursday, January 8, 2015

    OTTAWA CITIZEN, By Matthew Pearson

    City staff are recommending that the Built Heritage Subcommittee approve an application to alter an historic home in Alta Vista, despite concerns from...

  • Changes to Built Heritage Sub-Committee Proposed for Next Term
    Thursday, November 27, 2014

    By Leslie Maitland, Heritage Ottawa

    Yesterday the City announced its 2014-2018 Council Governance Review.

    Now, before your eyelids start to get heavy, it’s worth putting on that pot...

  • Heritage Ottawa to Built Heritage Sub-Committee 13 November 2014 re: Hartin Hotel
    Thursday, November 13, 2014

    Hartin Hotel, Bell’s Corners

    Heritage Ottawa is delighted to see this fine structure come forward for designation, and warmly encourages the Sub-Committee to recommend this for designation...