For nearly half a century, Heritage Toronto’s Historical Plaques program has commemorated key people, places, and events in Toronto’s past. These plaques help us explore our rich cultural, natural, archaeological, and architectural past—the people who lived in our homes and once walked our streets; the communities, events and streetscapes they shaped; and the world they faced and changed.
The program encourages Torontonians to apply for plaques and find funding support within their communities to make them happen. Heritage Toronto provides expertise in historical research and writing, plaque design and fabrication, and installation of plaques on buildings and in public spaces.
Together we work to remember our past, enrich our present, and inform future generations.
Plaques are available in bronze and enamel, in various sizes. Plaque project applications will be assessed according to set criteria and will follow set procedures in accordance with the Historical Plaques Program Policy. Plaque projects are reviewed by Heritage Toronto’s Historical Plaques Committee, a group of individuals with expertise in Toronto’s diverse heritage.
All properties on the City of Toronto’s Heritage Register, including those within Heritage Conservation Districts, qualify for a plaque or marker, and applications will be reviewed by the Historical Plaques Committee bimonthly.
Applications for proposed Commemorative Plaque projects are reviewed bimonthly at the Committee level and then are approved by Heritage Toronto’s Board.
Upon completion, plaques become a part of the property, with ownership and maintenance the responsibility of the applicant. Plaques (14”x9” and larger) are the property and maintenance responsibility of Heritage Toronto.
See the links at the top of the page to download the plaques application. If you require more information, please contact:
Historical Plaques Program Coordinator