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Heritage Matters

Established in 1981, the Old Oakville Heritage Conservation District is Oakville’s first heritage district and one of the first in Ontario.  The District, which sits within our OLRA catchment extends south of Robinson Street to the lake from Sixteen Mile Creek on the west to Allan Street on the east. 

It is recognized by residents and visitors alike as having significant and distinct cultural heritage value given the area’s historical association with the founding of Oakville and its subsequent evolution into a small and prosperous town.  The collective character of the area is defined by the combination of its historical context, its pattern of development, built architecture, streetscape, topography and other natural features.

OLRA played a significant leadership role in the creation of the 1981 plan and is now working actively with the Town as a key stakeholder to update the District Plan to comply with numerous changes to the Ontario Heritage Act, the heritage legislation that permits municipalities to designate heritage properties and districts.

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Our OLRA Role

Given our significant interest in heritage matters, OLRA has established a Heritage Working Group to engage in the Town’s process for updating the Old Oakville Heritage Conservation District Plan. Learn more about our plans and efforts.

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Town References

Learn about the Town's plans and progress and stay informed. 

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Take Action for Heritage

Heritage matters and your input is important.  Our block analysis identifies some of the key elements of character for the area –read it and offer your input.  Our built inventory analysis begins to tell the story of each individual property.  We encourage your involvement. 

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