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Heritage Toronto Board of Directors
||Historic St. Lawrence Hall
157 King Street East, 3rd floor
Toronto, ON M5C 1G9
Heritage Toronto is a charitable organization that works with the citizens of Toronto to advocate for, preserve, and promote a greater appreciation for our city's rich heritage. Through partnerships with local community groups and volunteers, Heritage Toronto works to heighten awareness of our shared history by providing city-wide programs and services.
Programs include free neighbourhood walking tours, the annual Heritage Toronto Awards and William Kilbourn Memorial Lecture, a heritage plaques and markers program and participation in Doors Open Toronto.
Heritage Toronto is governed by the Toronto Municipal Code, Chapter 103, Heritage (PDF). As an arm's length agency of the City of Toronto, it holds charitable status with Canada Customs and Revenue Agency.
A Council-approved Relationship Framework (PDF) sets out City Council's delegation of authority, expectations and requirements for the Heritage Toronto Board of Directors.
The board of directors:
- provides advice from a community perspective to the City, civic organizations and members of the public regarding heritage issues
- promotes and educates the public regarding heritage issues
- ensures that any privately donated funds received are applied to the specific purpose designated by the donor
- establishes and manages publicity and public programs, including awards programs, respecting city-wide heritage issues and to otherwise promote public awareness of the city's heritage
- serves as a liaison with the heritage community and promotes public awareness of the city's heritage resources
- serves as a focal point for volunteer sector groups
- assists and advises in the development of the Heritage Master Plan
- carries out such other duties relating to the city's history and development as the Council may assign
Term of office
The board consists of 29 members:
- the Mayor or a designate appointed by the Mayor
- 3 members of Council appointed by City Council
- 25 citizen members as follows:
- (8) 2 members nominated by each community council from the Museum Board the Preservation Panels or interested citizens
- 15 citizen members
- 1 member nominated by Toronto Historical Association
- 1 member nominated by the Aboriginal Community
The board meets at least six 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.