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picture History:
The Toronto Branch was the founding branch of the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario, and remains one of the largest branch. In recent years it has been involved in research and publishing, including exhibitions on Queen West, research and advocacy around the Riverdale Hospital, Yonge Street and College Street.

Members receive both the Acorn, and the Toronto Architectural Conservancy newsletter.

We have just relaunched TO Built, including 7000 Toronto property listings making it editable by all ACO members.

You can buy our books online at acotoronto.ca , distributed by the wonderful Toronto's First Post Office

Website: http://www.acotoronto.ca

   Catherine Nasmith
   416 598 4144


   Catherine Nasmith
   416 598 4144

Vice President:
   Steve Russell

Communications Contact:
   Adam Sobolak
   416 769 9136

Membership Chair:
   Janet Walters
   416 536 7836


Buildings at Risk

York Square
33 Avenue Road, 148 Yorkville


Parkside School
Dundas Driving Park Road



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.

ACO Celebrates Heritage at Queen's Park
Visits with Ontario MPPs
February 27, 2017
Following on last year's successful meetings with 24 MPP's, once again Architectural Conservancy Ontario representatives will be at Queen's Park to talk about why, even with a stronger Ontario Heritage Act, we are still losing our heritage. This will be the third Heritage Week MPP Day when knowledgeable ACO members take time to approach parliamentarians at Queen’s Park with the purpose of reinforcing the importance of heritage to the province. This year’s visit will be held on February 27th, immediately after Heritage Week. Our volunteers are doing our part, but we could use some help plugging the policy and legislative loopholes that cost us important community landmarks.


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.

Do you have a financial background and a commitment to preserving our built heritage? ACO’s Council Executive currently seeks a qualified individual to join the Provincial Council (Board) and to assume the role of Treasurer of the organization.

ACO Toronto Launches TOBuilt
Over 10,000 entries on Toronto Buildings
ACO Toronto Branch has re-launched TOBuilt at http://www.acotoronto.ca with 10,000 Toronto Properties listed. Any ACO Member can post or edit another's post there. We want YOU to share what you know about Toronto Buildings. The original database was developed by Robert Krawczyk but has since been augmented and made open source.

ACO Writes to the Honourable Eleanor McMahon to Save the Gore Buildings
Only the Province Has the Power to Save them Now
Last night Hamilton City Council voted to accept a compromise that saves only one facade and incorporates it into a 14 unit housing proposal no-one seems to like.

Culture Strategy for Ontario
ACO stresses need to build heritage into the Culture Strategy Program
In September the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport (MTCS) announced a new initiative, the development of a Culture Strategy for Ontario. A series of Town Halls are planned to get our views. Click on this item to learn more.

Heritage Day: ACO visits Queens Park
ACO has outstanding Heritage Day at Queen's Park

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.