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under Ontario Heritage Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. O.18

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Ontario Heritage Act


criteria for determining cultural heritage value or interest

Historical version for the period January 25, 2006 to December 14, 2022.

No amendments.

This is the English version of a bilingual regulation.


1. (1) The criteria set out in subsection (2) are prescribed for the purposes of clause 29 (1) (a) of the Act.  O. Reg. 9/06, s. 1 (1).

(2) A property may be designated under section 29 of the Act if it meets one or more of the following criteria for determining whether it is of cultural heritage value or interest:

1.  The property has design value or physical value because it,

i.  is a rare, unique, representative or early example of a style, type, expression, material or construction method,

ii.  displays a high degree of craftsmanship or artistic merit, or

iii.  demonstrates a high degree of technical or scientific achievement.

2.  The property has historical value or associative value because it,

i.  has direct associations with a theme, event, belief, person, activity, organization or institution that is significant to a community,

ii.  yields, or has the potential to yield, information that contributes to an understanding of a community or culture, or

iii.  demonstrates or reflects the work or ideas of an architect, artist, builder, designer or theorist who is significant to a community.

3.  The property has contextual value because it,

i.  is important in defining, maintaining or supporting the character of an area,

ii.  is physically, functionally, visually or historically linked to its surroundings, or

iii.  is a landmark.  O. Reg. 9/06, s. 1 (2).


2.  This Regulation does not apply in respect of a property if notice of intention to designate it was given under subsection 29 (1.1) of the Act on or before January 24, 2006.  O. Reg. 9/06, s. 2.