Municipal Heritage Committee
The Ontario Heritage Act allows municipalities to establish a Municipal Heritage Committee (MHC). An MHC provides advice to City Council on matters and properties with architectural and/or historical significance. The Committee also evaluates properties that have heritage significance in order to develop and maintain a list of heritage properties in the community.
A Municipal Heritage Committee is established by a municipal government by passing a by-law, in accordance with guidelines in the Ontario Heritage Act.
The City of North Bay passed By-Law No. 38-96 on April 15th, 1996 which created the North Bay Municipal Heritage Committee (initially called the North Bay Local Architectural Conservation Advisory Committee). This By-law also provides Terms of Reference under which the Committee operates.
The MHC is comprised of 9 voting members and 2 ex-officio members. The Committee meets monthly at City Hall.
The overarching goal of the North Bay Municipal Heritage Committee is to achieve conservation through community recognition and awareness. Since its inception, the MHC has recognized over fifty properties for their heritage characteristics.
- North Bay Municipal Heritage Committee introduces the Century of Service program.
- St. Joseph Scollard Hall re-evaluation complete - full document. Press Release - St. Joseph Scollard Hall unveils heritage glass plaque July 22nd.
- Masonic Temple re-evaluation complete - full document here.
What We Do
The Municipal Heritage Committee's primary responsibility is to evaluate and document properties throughout North Bay that have heritage value to the community. With the property owner's permission, members of the Municipal Heritage Committee conduct a site evaluation. Properties are scored based on a series of criteria, ranging from architectural features, construction materials, historical context, etc. Based on the scoring a property achieves, it is given a priority ranking. Buildings scoring in the highest priority category are denoted with a glass plaque that commemorates their status and importance to the community.
The Municipal Heritage Committee also plays a leading role in promoting community heritage. The Committee takes on a variety of projects to accomplish this goal, such as producing promotional materials and attending events such as Culture Days.
The Committee also works with the City's Parks, Recreation and Leisure Services Department to install heritage site plaques at notable sites throughout the community. The heritage site plaques are approximately 2'X3' in size and recount the story of a site that no longer stands in its original condition. The goal of this program is to recognize the community's heritage and to provide information to residents and visitors. There are presently nineteen located throughout the community.
To see the location of properties featuring either a glass plaque or a heritage site plaque, please visit our Heritage Site Tours page. Download a copy of the current Municipal Heritage Committee Illustrative Guide for an overview of the properties that have been recognized by the Committee.
The Committee meets monthly to discuss its workplan and to review progress being made on the various projects that it has underway. These meetings are open to members of the public. For information on upcoming meetings, please communicate with the Municipal Heritage Committee's Secretary-Treasurer as per the contact information listed below.
The City of North Bay's Municipal Heritage Committee is comprised of a minimum of 5 members. By-law 38-96, which establishes the MHC, identifies that the Committee must have representation from one member of each of the following organizations:
- North Bay City Council
- North Bay Society of Architects
- North Bay Museum (Discovery North Bay)
The balance of the membership is made up of community volunteers that are appointed by City Council. The term of membership coincides with the term of City Council.
The City of North Bay provides the MHC with staff support, enabling the Committee to fulfill its mandate. A member of the City's Planning Services department serves as Secretary-Treasurer, providing professional and administrative support to facilitate Committee activities. The City Treasurer keeps financial records on behalf of the Committee.
Other public organizations support the Committee's activities through their attendance at meetings and provision of advice and expertise. The Committee receives regular attendance from the Ministry of Citizenship, Immigration and Culture as well as the North Bay Public Library.
Current members of the Committee are:
- Peter Handley (Chair)
- Jennifer Buell (Vice-Chair)
- Jeff Serran (City Council)
- Andrew Bruce-Payne (North Bay Society of Architects)
- Naomi Rupke (North Bay Museum)
- Amber McCarthy (Community Representative)
- Robin Gendron (Community Representative)
- Aaron Northrup (Community Representative)
- Margaret Surtees (Community Representative)
- Simon Blakeley (Community Representative)
- Caroline Loiselle (Ex-Officio)
- Peter Carello (Secretary-Treasurer)
For More Information
Download a copy of the current Municipal Heritage Committee Illustrative Guide which provides an overview of the community's heritage properties.
Go check them out yourself with our Printable Walking Tour Maps.
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