The Town's Heritage Planning division oversees heritage management throughout the Town and plays an active role in the identification and conservation of significant heritage resources, which can include buildings, natural resources, monuments, structures, and landscapes.

Heritage Planning provides a number of services, including:

  • Management of heritage-related databases, such as the Aurora Register of Properties of Cultural Heritage Value or Interests
  • Processing heritage designations under Part IV and Part V of the Ontario Heritage Act
  • Processing heritage permit applications
  • Overseeing heritage studies, such as Heritage Conservation District (HCD) studies
  • Providing information relating to the heritage status of properties within the Town
  • Assisting with managing change and development in such a way that it is sympathetic to significant heritage resources
  • Providing information and resources to the Heritage Advisory Committee, who provide recommendations to Council on matters relating to the Ontario Heritage Act and heritage conservation best practices
  • Recognizes and organizes heritage related programs such as the Town of Aurora Wood Plaque Program, and events such as Doors Open Aurora and the bi-annual Heritage Awards Ceremony

Heritage Advisory Committee

Member of Council

Councillor Sandra Humfryes

Citizen Members

Neil Asselin

John Green (Aurora Historical Society Representative)

Matthew Kinsella

Jeff Lanthier

Bob McRoberts (Honorary Member, Vice Chair)

Hoda Soliman

Resources

Heritage Advisory Committee Awards of Excellence

The Heritage Advisory Committee Awards recognize excellence in the preservation, restoration and/or enhancement of Aurora's cultural heritage properties.

For additional information, please contact Planning and Building Services, Heritage Planning at 905-727-3123 ext. 4226 or email our Planning department.

Architectural Salvage Program

The Architectural Salvage Program enables the salvaging and re-use of architectural materials of significant cultural heritage value in Aurora.

The Program facilitates the appropriate re-use and conservation of materials at the discretion of the Heritage Advisory Committee in a manner that is sustainable, operational, accessible to the general public, and consistent.

This Program encourages the adaptive re-use of heritage materials instead of being deposited as landfill. Suitable elements for inclusion in the program include (but are not limited to), doors, windows, fireplace mantles and shutters.

As circumstances arise where it is not possible to conserve heritage resources, the Program outlines clear and objective guidelines for mitigating these situations.

The Architectural Salvage Program enables a process for accepting and distributing materials. Those interested in donating or receiving materials should may access the links below for further information or contact Heritage Planning at 905-727-3123 or email our Planning department.

Resources

Architectural Salvage program application form

Architectural Salvage program guide​

Doors Open Aurora

Doors Open is a fun, popular community event that opens doors to places of architectural, cultural, historical, or natural significance once a year – for free!

Application Forms

Application Guides

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