The Historical Plaque Program, launched in 2012, is a great success - and is keeping branch volunteers busy with research. Today, we are researching our 153rd plaque application. Each individual plaque displays the date the structure was built, and the name and occupation of the first resident. In addition to residential properties, commercial, public and other properties are invited to join the Program. For further information, please contact the branch by phone or email below.
The Stratford-Perth County Branch mailing address is: 356 Ontario Street, Stratford Ontario N5A 7X6.
Heritage Canada The National Trust included the Grand Trunk Railway/Cooper Site in downtown Stratford on the 2014 Top Ten Endangered Places across the country! Go to www.heritagecanada.org to read about this significant railway site and the other sites at risk.
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.
ACO EXPRESSES SUPPORT FOR BILL C-323
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.
ACO IS SEEKING A TREASURER
VOLUNTEER COUNCIL (BOARD) POSITION
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.
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.
Key note Address, Ontario Heritage Conference 2016
David Prosser, Literary and Editorial Director, Stratford Festival
A brilliant talk, by an excellent wordsmith and speaker. In it he makes the connections between the creative economy as evidenced in Stratford Ontario, heritage buildings, and artists. He opens with a description of how we have come to still have Shakespeare's plays, moves to the debate around preserving the parkland that is now home to the Stratford Festival theatre, and on to describe the role that the heritage building stock of Stratford has played in the festival's success. He eloquently makes the arguments for communities building on their past. Rich with quotable statements
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.