Heritage Conservation Districts

A Heritage Conservation District (HCD) is a collection of buildings, streets and open spaces that collectively has a special character of historical association that distinguishes it from its surroundings. The value of a HCD as a whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

Part V of the Ontario Heritage Act provides for the designation of Heritage Conservation Districts. Legislation allows municipalities, through a study, to define areas to be designated and to implement policies and guidelines to guide change in HCDs through District Plans. Change that is consistent within the goals and objectives of the study and District Plan is encouraged.

Since 1976, four Heritage Conservation Districts in St. Catharines have been designated.

Power Glen

Port Dalhousie

Yates Street

Queen Street

Photo of a streets signs in a local heritage district
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