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Toronto Preservation Board

The Toronto Preservation Board provides advice to City Council on the identification, protection and promotion of the cultural heritage resources that make Toronto a unique and sustainable place to live. The Toronto Preservation Board also consults with the City's four Community Preservation PanelsOpens in new window (one for each Community Council district).

Board responsibilities

The Board shall, with the assistance of staff, advises and assists Council on:

  • Designation of individual heritage properties and heritage conservation districts and inclusion of properties on the City's Heritage Register;
  • Applications to alter, demolish or remove properties included on the City's Heritage Register;
  • Authorizing entering into heritage easements or covenants;
  • Grants for the preservation of heritage properties;
  • Other duties relating to Heritage Preservation as may arise.

Board size and composition

The board consists of 12 members and is composed of:

  • 1 member of City Council
  • 7 public members
  • 4 Chairs of the Toronto Community Preservation Panels or their designates

Chair and vice chair

The Board shall appoint one of the members as Chair and another of the members as Vice-Chair as soon as possible after its first meeting of the term.

Term of office

Public members of the board are appointed for four years.

Qualifications

In addition to the general eligibility requirements set out in the Public Appointments Policy, public members of the board should collectively demonstrate a range of qualifications including:

  • Expertise in one of the following: architecture, archaeology, planning, landscape architecture, local history, natural heritage, land development and law
  • Knowledge of cultural, environmental or built heritage preservation, and a good understanding of current heritage issues in the City of Toronto.
  • An interest in City building and civic engagement.

Meetings

The board meets at least 10 times a year, and at any time at the request of a majority of the members of the board, or at the call of the chair.

The Board meetings are generally 3 hours in length at City Hall during business hours and held in public. Members are also required to review agenda materials prior to meetings. The monthly time commitment is approximately 5 hours.

Remuneration

No remuneration is paid to board members.

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Membership

The current and historical Appointments for this body.

9 Vacancy
10 Vacancy
11 Vacancy
12 Vacancy

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City Council appointed new members to the Board in July 2019. Applications for future vacancies are always being accepted.