Heritage Conservation Districts & Studies
Heritage Conservation Districts (HCDs) are a planning tool that enable the City to manage change within places that represent Toronto’s rich social, cultural and architectural history—places that contribute to the livability and appeal of Toronto as a multicultural, sustainable and equitable city. HCDs provide place-based policies that conserve and enhance historic neighbourhoods, while pointing to opportunities for contextually appropriate growth and change.
In addition to identifying and designating HCDs, City Planning is undertaking a number of planning studies that include heritage components, such as cultural heritage resource assessments (CHRAs), which provide an opportunity to identify heritage resources and inform the development of area-specific policies and guidelines.
The City’s website is currently being transitioned to a new web platform, and this page will be updated shortly. For any information related to this project, or to receive a copy of any of the below listed Heritage Conservation District Plans, please contact Alex Corey at Alex.Corey@toronto.ca or by phone at 416-338-1092.
- Blythwood Road
- Cabbagetown (Metcalfe, North, Northwest, South)
- Draper Street
- East Annex
- Fort York
- Harbord Village (Phase 1 & 2)
- Kingswood Road South
- Lyall Avenue
- North Rosedale
- Queen Street West
- South Rosedale
- Union Station
- Weston (Phase 1)
- Wychwood Park
City Council has designated the below HCDs, which have been appealed to the Ontario Municipal Board.
The Garden District HCD is characterized as a residential neighbourhood book-ended by two public parks in Toronto’s downtown east side: Allan Gardens to the north and Moss Park to the south. the District primary contains representative examples of late 19th and early 20th century residential houses.
Historic Yonge Street
The section of Yonge Street between College Street and Bloor Street has a dynamic history as one of Toronto’s premier main streets, occupied by independent businesses, government services, professional and fraternal organizations and cultural/entertainment venues and defined by late 19th and early 20th century commercial main street buildings.
The King-Spadina HCD is valued for its collection of 19th and 20th century residential and commercial warehouse buildings, historic parks and a distinctive network of laneways associated with several periods of Toronto’s historical and economic development.
St. Lawrence Neighbourhood
The St. Lawrence Neighbourhood HCD is a dynamic mixed-use area that encompasses the original 10 blocks of the Town of York, significant cultural institutions and a dynamic historic context that reflects the evolution of Toronto from it’s initial period of European settlement to the mid-20th century.
West Annex (Phase 1) Madison Avenue
Madison Avenue, between Bloor Street West and Dupont Street, is significant as a major street within the West Annex neighbourhood. Madison Avenue contains an important series of residential houses that were designed in the prevailing architectural styles of the era by renowned Toronto architects.
City Planning is currently undertaking a number of Heritage Conservation District studies. You can learn more about each one of the active HCD studies by click the neighbourhood name below.