Heritage Resource Management

Heritage resource management seeks to identify, document and ensure the conservation of all significant heritage resources within its municipal boundaries; whether in public or private hands.

The City of Brampton is committed to protecting its heritage buildings. Click here to find out how you can help.

A variety of tools and measures are available, including: heritage inventory registers, evaluation tools, heritage designation, heritage permits, heritage conservation easements, incentives, demolition control and monitoring protocols, property standards enforcement and by the responsible stewardship of all municipally owned heritage assets .

View Heritage Registers by Property on our Interactive Maps

  1. Click Map it and launch Brampton Maps
  2. Expand the "Arts, Culture, Tourism" group in the legend and activate Heritage Properties by clicking in the checkbox
  3. Zoom in on property or area and click to view Heritage Registers

Heritage Inventory

Heritage InventoryClick here for the Heritage Inventory list

The Ontario Heritage Act requires a municipality to keep a register of property that is of cultural heritage value or interest. This register focuses only on properties that have been "listed" as being of cultural heritage value.

Brampton’s Inventory Register is an administrative and documentation tool used to help identify and preserve significant heritage resources within the land uses planning and permit application process. It is also used to set priorities for subsequent heritage designations under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act. As such, the Inventory also represents public acknowledgement of specific heritage resources to contribute to the rich cultural history of Brampton.

In 2003, Council endorsed a staff proposal to expand the Heritage Inventory to include a broader range of heritage resources, including significant cultural heritage landscapes, cemeteries, modern heritage, engineering features, areas of significant archaeological potential, trees and other natural elements.

Heritage Designation

Heritage DestinationClick here for the Heritage Designation list

The City has established an active heritage designation program. Heritage designation serves as formal, public recognition that a particular property has heritage value and is worthy of on-going care and protection.  Designation identifies and describes the specific cultural heritage attributes that give property its heritage significance.  Designation also puts in place a simple mechanism to encourage care, maintenance and preservation of those cultural heritage attributes.  Designation is used to control demolition and it gives Council the legal authority to prosecute parties that damage or encroach on the designated heritage property (e.g. a pioneer cemetery).   Owners of designated heritage properties are eligible to for the incentive grant program, and a wall-mounted plaque to mark the fact that a property is significant and worthy of preservation. 

There are two types of designation that affects property owners - designation of individual properties (known as "Part IV" designation) and the designation of unique and important streetscapes or "heritage districts" (known as Part V designation).

Heritage Cemetery Program

Heritage CemetariesIn accordance with Brampton's Flower City Strategy, the City introduced a heritage cemetery conservation program. Brampton is the first municipality in Ontario to approve the heritage designation of all pioneer heritage cemeteries within its boundaries. 

The City has launched a heritage cemetery urban design program, introducing new gates, fencing and landscaping.  Old Brampton Cemetery on Main Street North is the first heritage cemetery to undergo the installation of heritage fencing, gate, landscaping and signage. The project was launched in the Spring of 2007 following the completion of an archaeological survey.

Heritage Incentives

Heritage IncentivesThe City of Brampton offers a Heritage Property Incentive Grant Program intended to encourage and assist designated heritage property owners with the preservation, maintenance and restoration of their property. The grant offers funds to cover half of the cost of eligible conservation work up to a maximum of $5,000, subject to available funding, on the condition that the grant is matched by the property owner. Projects must focus on the care and rehabilitation of existing heritage attributes or restoration that contributes to the cultural heritage significance of the property.

Property Standards & Heritage

The City of Brampton has a maintenance standards by-law in effect, under the Building Code Act. With that, Council may stipulate minimum maintenance standards for the architectural heritage attributes of designated properties. The municipality may require that an owner to undertake basic repairs in order to maintain the character and visual integrity of the building or structure. The City also has established a set of protocols for securing vacant heritage buildings.