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.

For the latest Château Laurier related news, CLICK HERE to visit our dedicated webpage.

  • Somerset House Redesign Abandons Brick Facade Replica after Staff Error
    Friday, April 7, 2017

    CBC NEWS OTTAWA, By Paul Jay

    If a proposed addition to Ottawa's historic Somerset House doesn't look quite like the original red brick facade the city tore down last summer, there appears...

  • Heritage Ottawa 'not impressed' with Somerset House facelift plans
    Friday, March 17, 2017


    Images of a proposed addition to Ottawa's historic Somerset House given to city staff provide the first glimpse of a long-awaited redesign of the heritage building, but...

  • 'A lot of passion': City receives more than 1,700 responses on Château design consultation
    Thursday, March 16, 2017

    OTTAWA CITIZEN, By Jon Willing

    Ottawa City Hall received 1,759 responses in a month-long consultation on the proposed addition to the historic Château Laurier.

    In a rare move, the...

  • YOUR VOICE MATTERS: Complete the online survey re: Château Laurier Addition by March 14
    Tuesday, March 7, 2017


    Our heritage stands at a critical crossroads.

    A controversial application for major alterations to Ottawa's Château Laurier, if allowed to proceed as proposed,...

  • Baseline rapid transit plan contributes to 'erosion' of Central Experimental Farm
    Wednesday, February 1, 2017

    CBC News Ottawa, By Waubgeshig Rice

    A City of Ottawa plan to build a rapid transit corridor along Baseline Road includes expropriating part of the Central Experimental Farm, and that has...

  • Heritage in the Service of City Building: Celebrating 50 Years of Heritage Ottawa
    Monday, January 30, 2017

    Heritage Ottawa was honoured to have Councillor Tobi Nussbaum deliver the following keynote address at our January 'Heritage Ottawa at 50' event.

    By Councillor Tobi Nussbaum


  • Civic Hospital Relocation - Let's Save the Farm and Get this Right
    Thursday, December 1, 2016

    OTTAWA CITIZEN, by Leslie Maitland

    The last week has been a roller-coaster ride for the citizens of Ottawa. First, many were encouraged to see the National Capital Commission Board vote in...

  • Heritage Ottawa: Remarks on Revised Design of Proposed Addition to Château Laurier
    Sunday, November 27, 2016


    The Château Laurier, a prominent Ottawa landmark since 1912, is clearly a special place.

    A National Historic Site of Canada and a designated structure under the...

  • Heritage Ottawa Welcomes NCC Recommendation of Tunney's Pasture as Site for New Civic Hospital
    Friday, November 25, 2016

    HERITAGE OTTAWA, By Leslie Maitland

    Heritage Ottawa welcomes the National Capital Commission’s recommendation of Tunney’s Pasture as the preferred site for a new Civic Campus of The Ottawa...

  • Group unhappy with proposed makeup of planning advisory committee
    Monday, October 31, 2016

    METRO NEWS / OTTAWA, By Adam Kveton

    A new provincial bill is requiring cities like Ottawa to create planning advisory committees in an effort to encourage greater...