Heritage Planning

The conservation of Oakville’s heritage is an important part of the town’s commitment to creating a livable community. We conserve heritage in order to:

  • enhance our quality of life and sense of history, community and identity
  • improve our economic health by employing local craftspeople and trades people related to conservation
  • add diversity and character to new development
  • contribute to sustainability by reducing landfill waste, and lessening the demand for energy and resources needed for new construction

In 2010, the Town of Oakville received the Prince of Wales Prize for municipal heritage leadership from the Heritage Canada Foundation. This prestigious prize was established in 1999 under the patronage of His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales. The prize is awarded each year to a Canadian municipality that demonstrates a strong and sustained commitment to the conservation of its heritage.

Heritage planning staff, as well as the Heritage Oakville Committee, promote heritage conservation through the documentation and protection of heritage sites and the implementation of policies to help guide change to these properties and areas.

Heritage Grant Program — information on how to apply for a heritage grant
Heritage Register — outline of the different types of heritage properties, including links to the town’s Heritage Register
Heritage Conservation Districts — information on Oakville's four heritage conservation districts
Heritage Permits — information and application forms for heritage permits
Heritage Oakville Municipal Advisory Committee — overview of the committee, its members and meeting information
Heritage and Environmental Sustainability — information and resources on the link between heritage conservation and environmental sustainability
Heritage and History — information on heritage trails, memorials, cairns and resources for completing historical research
Heritage Planning Studies — various heritage studies and policies
Heritage Mapping — link to heritage layers in GIS mapping system

Other helpful links on heritage conservation

Architectural Conservancy of Ontario
Community Heritage Ontario
Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport
Ontario Heritage Act
Ontario Heritage Trust
National Trust for Canada


Susan Schappert, CAHP, MCIP, RPP
Heritage Planner, District East/West
Planning Services
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601, ext.3870

Carolyn Van Sligtenhorst, CAHP, MCIP, RPP
Heritage Planner, District East/West
Planning Services
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601 ext. 3875

Prince of Wales Prize

Prince of Wales Prize