About Us

Heritage Toronto is a charitable arms-length agency of the City of Toronto established in 1949 to promote a greater appreciation for the city’s rich architectural, cultural, archaeological and natural heritage. Through partnerships with local community groups and volunteers, Heritage Toronto provides city-wide programs and services.

Core annual programs include neighbourhood Tours, the Heritage Toronto Awards and Kilbourn Lecture, and a heritage Plaques and Markers program.

Heritage Toronto’s efforts are supported by the generosity of individuals, foundations and corporations. We recognize contributions by either issuing an official income tax receipt for qualifying gifts, or through sponsorship agreements.

Charitable no: 119266609RR0001

Mandate

Heritage Toronto’s mandate is to enhance the understanding and appreciation of Toronto’s past and present among residents and visitors through education, commemoration and celebration of the city’s diverse people, places and events.

Vision

To be the recognized voice of Toronto’s heritage stories.

History

On April 4, 1949, the Toronto Civic Historical Committee (the first of its kind in Canada) was established by Toronto City Council. Its role was to supervise and control all matters of a historical nature with a view to proper preservation and display of all historic sites, buildings, monuments, objects and documents within the City of Toronto. Toronto City Council formally established the Toronto Historical Board on July 1, 1960 as an arm’s length agency of the City. It became a registered charity in 1967.

On January 1, 2000, after amalgamation of the former municipalities of Metro Toronto, the functions and composition of the Toronto Historical Board changed, as did its name, to Heritage Toronto.