Heritage Conservation Districts (HCDs) are a planning tool that guide change in neighbourhoods 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 nomination, study and planning of HCDs is guided by the City Council-adopted document “Heritage Conservation Districts in Toronto: Procedures, Policies and Terms of Reference“. HCDs are designated under Part V of the Ontario Heritage Act and protected through municipal by-laws.