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picture History:
The current Guelph-Wellington branch of the ACO was formed in January 2006. An earlier branch dates back to 1969. As with many ACO branches, heritage is most at-risk when the community is complacent about preservation.

Between 2003-06, Guelph had a particularly non-heritage-friendly City Council. During this period, a number of significant buildings were put at-risk or demolished. The local heritage community realized that our built heritage cannot be left to the whim of political will. Today, with over 80 local members and growing, our voice is stronger as part of the ACO.

Website: http://www.guelphheritage.ca

   Susan Ratcliffe
   519 822 8236


   Susan Ratcliffe
   519 822 8236



2017 Meeting Schedule for ACO Ontario
January 30, 2017 to December 30, 2017
Schedule of Executive and Council Meetings for 2017. Please open the attached pdf to see the full schedule. This document will be revised periodically as dates and locations are confirmed.


Bill establishes tax credits for rehabilitation of historic properties
ACO supports Private Member's Bill C-323, An Act to Amend the Income Tax Act (Rehabilitation of Historic Property), which will receive second reading in the House of Commons on February 10. This bill will establish a tax credit for expenses related to the rehabilitation of a historic property. It also establishes a tax deduction for the capital cost of property used in the course of such a rehabilitation.

Call for Nominations: ACO Provincial Heritage Awards
Deadline for nominations: August 23, 2017
Architectural Conservancy Ontario is now receiving nominations for its 11th annual Heritage Awards, honouring preservation leaders, projects and initiatives that have contributed significantly to architectural conservation in Ontario.

Call for Ontario Heritage Conference Location Proposals
Communities across Ontario are Invited to Consider Hosting
Attached is the terms of reference for hosting a conference including contact information to submit proposals.

CBC Interview: President Catherine Nasmith debates Fa├žadism with Past President Chris Borgal
Sunday Edition host Michael Enright moderates a discussion of Fa├žadism on CBC radio, Sunday May 7.

MP Peter Van Loan Proposes Tax Credits for Heritage Properties
National Trust for Canada is organizing Response
MP Peter Van Loan has introduced a Private Members Bill proposing Income Tax Credits to assist private owners of heritage property with restoration costs. This is good news for heritage, whether or not it passes as widespread support for the initiative may result in either passage or a similar bill from government. National Trust for Canada is organizing heritage organizations across the country. ACO's Policy Committee will be developing a formal response from ACO.

Vice President Shannon Kyles Tests Restored Historic Windows for Energy Efficiency...Historic Windows Win!
MAHONEY: Old windows part of the soul of our past
Article from the Hamilton Spectator