Since 1986, the Toronto Heritage Grant Program has provided matching grant funds for eligible heritage conservation work to owners of properties that are designated under Part IV or Part V of the Ontario Heritage Act.
The Heritage Grant Program assists property owners repair and retain defining heritage attributes, including masonry, windows, doors, wood detailing, and slate roofs.
The program has had a noticeably positive impact in Heritage Conservation Districts such as Draper Street and Cabbagetown, as well as for individual properties across Toronto.
To qualify, properties must be:
located in the City of Toronto
designated under Part IV (individually) of the Ontario Heritage Act, or
designated under Part V (Heritage Conservation District) of the Ontario Heritage Act
Properties designated as part of Heritage Conservation Districts must contribute to the heritage value of the district
classified as residential properties or tax-exempt properties for the purpose of property tax. Properties identified as commercial or industrial by tax-class may be eligible to apply to the Heritage Property Tax Rebate Program.
Properties may receive one Toronto Heritage Grant every five years. Owners of multiple properties are eligible to apply for only one property each year.
Work that is Eligible for a Grant
Eligible work for Part IV (individual) properties
The work involves the heritage attributes as identified in the designation by-law. More information about how to receive a copy of a designation by-law.
Exterior work including the repair of existing heritage materials such as masonry, porches, woodwork and slate roofs.
Where a comprehensive repair or restoration of an original slate roof assembly is being proposed, applicants may seek funding for the entire roof, regardless of visibility from the right of way, and may include copper or zinc-coated copper eavestroughs and downspouts. A maximum grant of 50 per cent of costs up to $20,000 is available for slate roof repair or restoration.
The repair of existing, original windows and doors.
If original windows no longer exist or are in irreparable condition, new windows that match the original windows in their details, operation and materials.Note: historical documentation regarding the original windows and a detailed report from a heritage professional outlining the condition of the deteriorated windows must be attached to your application.
The reconstruction of significant architectural features which have been lost, but whose appearance can be clearly determined from historic drawings or photographs.
Technical studies related to the project, including but not limited to consultant fees for: