A heritage conservation district is a collection of buildings, streets and open spaces that are collectively of special interest or architectural significance to the community. Individual elements may or may not stand apart, but together the individual elements combine to create a sense of cohesiveness and instill a sense of space.
Part V of the Ontario Heritage Act provides for designation of heritage conservation districts. Legislation allows municipalities, through study, to define areas to be designated and to implement policies and guidelines to guide change in heritage conservation districts through district plans. Change that is consistent within the goals and objectives of the plan and study is encouraged.
Since 1976, four heritage conservation districts have been designated.