OTTAWA, Sept. 28 /CNW/ - The Heritage Canada Foundation is pleased to
announce that the Town of Oakville, Ontario, has been selected to
receive the 2010 PRINCE OF WALES PRIZE for Municipal Heritage
In keeping with His Royal Highness' commitment to architecture, the
environment, and inner-city renewal, The Prince of Wales agreed in 1999
to lend his title to the creation of a prize to be awarded annually to
the government of a municipality which has demonstrated its strong and
sustained commitment to the conservation of its historic places.
The Town of Oakville has been committed to conserving its heritage
resources for over six decades. It acquired and preserved its first
heritage building in 1948, began a plaquing program in 1957, and
incorporated heritage policies Official Plan in 1962, putting Oakville
on the map as a leader in building preservation. In the 1970s, Oakville
was quick to take advantage of the opportunities provided by the new Ontario
Heritage Act; designating and today it has designated over 120
properties and three conservation districts.
A Municipal Heritage Planning Committee, was established in 1976 with
responsibilities for policy development, has provided a proactive
approach to preserving built heritage. The policies created in the past
35 years have helped ensure that over 90 percent of Oakville's historic
building stock present then, continues to exist today.
Oakville's long-term commitment to heritage conservation is also evident
in its Planning Department, where the heritage planning staff is
integrated into the broader urban design and planning decision process.
Along with the municipality, heritage advocates, homeowners and
community volunteers work tirelessly to maintain the history and the
character of Oakville.
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For the second time since the inception of the Prince of Wales Prize,
the jury made a unanimous decision to award an Honourable Mention to the
City of Calgary, where efforts to develop policies and plans that favour
the conservation of the city's built heritage have been ongoing for 30
For information about the City
of Calgary, click here.
The Prince of Wales Prize, which consists of a plaque, framed scroll and
flag with the insignia of The Prince of Wales and the Heritage Canada
Foundation, will be presented to Mayor Rob Burton at the 2010 National
Awards Gala and Reception in St. John's Newfoundland later this month.
The Town of Oakville was nominated by lifelong resident and heritage
volunteer, Barbara Savage.
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