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St. Catharines Heritage Permit Advisory Committee


The Ontario Heritage Act (OHA) enables the municipality to establish a municipal heritage committee to advise and assist the council on matters relating to Part IV (Conservation of Property of Cultural Heritage Value or Interest) and Part V (Heritage Conservation Districts) and such other heritage matters as the council may specify by by-law. Where a council has appointed a municipal heritage committee, the council shall consult with its committee on matters legislated by the OHA.

St. Catharines has 41 individual properties that have been designated under the OHA. There are four heritage conservation districts as follows with the year designated and approximate number of properties in the district in parentheses;

  • Queen Street (1992: 60)
  • Yates Street (1996: 120)
  • Port Dalhousie (2003: 600)
  • Power Glen (2010: 20)

Statement of Purpose

The St. Catharines Heritage Permit Advisory Committee (SCHPAC) provides advice and recommendations to City Council and staff regarding heritage permit applications in accordance with the Ontario Heritage Act (OHA).

To fulfill its mandate the Committee will be familiar with and consider the respective heritage district plan/guidelines as well as by-laws designating individual properties under the OHA. The Committee will also consider the Garden City Plan as well as any other provincial or applicable heritage resource (eg. the Ontario Heritage Tool Kit). Staff will either provide these resources to members or directions to where they can be found.


The Committee shall be comprised of not fewer than five (5) and up of seven (7) members, as follows:

Up to 7 citizen members, with heritage skills and experience, including but not limited to the following fields:
heritage related research;
architecture, design;
restoration, conservation, construction;
history, genealogy;
planning, geography.

Previous experience interpreting heritage district guidelines or plans and a demonstrated interest in heritage matters through membership in local or provincial heritage organizations is desirable.

Individuals that are not eligible electors in St. Catharines, but reside elsewhere in the Region of Niagara may be considered for appointment if there is a demonstrated connection/knowledge to St. Catharines heritage or to achieve the heritage skills and/or experience noted above.

Members of the St. Catharines Heritage Advisory Committee may also serve on this Committee.

Reporting Structure 

In accordance with the City of St. Catharines Delegation Bylaw (By-law 2004-277), recommendations from this Committee regarding heritage permits and demolitions will go to the Director of Planning and Building Services or to Council as appropriate.

For all other purposes including administrative or general policy matters, this Committee reports to the Cultural Sustainability Committee. The Chair of the St. Catharines Heritage Advisory Committee will also be a member of the Cultural Sustainability Committee.

Administrative support to the Heritage Permit Advisory Committee shall be provided by the Planning and Building Services Department, which shall assign a Secretary to the Committee. A representative from the Planning and Building Services Department (who may also be the Secretary) also serves as advisor to the committee, providing professional support, technical advice and research, and budget preparation and control.

Membership Term

Term of Council or as determined by City Council.

Membership List

Dr. John Bacher
Dr. David Bergen
Mr. Peter Connolly
Ms. Robin McPherson
Mr. Brian Narhi (Vice Chair)
Mr. Edward Smith
Mr. David Webb (Chair) 

Meeting Schedule and Location(s)

The Committee meets monthly or at the discretion of the Chair. Meetings are generally held on the last Thursday of the month, commencing at 4:30 p.m. in the Burgoyne Woods Room (Third Floor, City Hall).

Special meetings may be called at the discretion of the Chair and may involve site visits to properties that are the subject of heritage permit applications. Members should expect involvement beyond the regularly scheduled monthly meeting.

This is a "hands on" working committee that undertakes its duties under regulated time frames. The OHA requires that Council (or as delegated) consider applications within ninety (90) days. Members should be prepared to commit the time required to meet these timelines.


The Committee shall conduct its meetings in accordance with and otherwise comply with the City of St. Catharines Simplified Meeting Procedures for advisory bodies.


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