Municipal Heritage Committee

Announcements - MHC Youth Photography Contest

The North Bay Municipal Heritage Committee would like to announce the launch of the 2019-2020 Youth Engagement Photography Contest. The contest will run from August 6, 2019 until May 29, 2020. It is our hope that you will share this email with the relevant individuals and online to ensure that your students are aware of the contest and are able to participate. Further, we would encourage your respective visual art instructors to incorporate the competition into your classes during the upcoming school year.

The Youth Engagement Photography Contest and the prizes to be awarded are open to photographers aged 18 and under.

Photo submissions may highlight one or more of the following areas:

  • Built Heritage – Photos may include physical features that symbolize the built environment perhaps including traditional materials, including but not limited to, brick, plaster, wood, metal and stone. Such assets may include, but are not limited to, cathedrals, churches, cemeteries, factories, fences, houses, hotels, museums, water towers, culverts or bridges.
  • Natural Heritage – Photos may include sites that provide examples of natural evolution or outstanding natural beauty, including but not limited to, rare and/or endangered species (flora and fauna), waterways, park, river, creek or lake. However, in order for a photo to be considered for this category, the photo must demonstrate a connection between the natural environment and the history/development of the City of North Bay or how the natural environment has shaped the local community.
  • Human Heritage – Photos in this area may be symbolized by a historic group, organization, movement or event or characterized by a historic figure that helped to influence, shape or define the City of North Bay.

The following prizes are to be awarded to winners:

  • 1st Prize - $100 DIA GIFT CARD
  • 2nd Prize - $50 DIA GIFT CARD
  • 3rd Prize - $25 DIA GIFT CARD

Photographic entries and the required photographic release form(s) can be submitted by email to beginning August 6, 2019 until the contest closes at 4:00pm on May 29, 2020.

Complete contest rules and release forms are attached and submission details are available at

For further information contact:
Peter Carello
Secretary-Treasurer, North Bay Municipal Heritage Committee
474‐0400, ext. 2409


History of the MHC

The North Bay Local Architectural Conservation Advisory Committee (LACAC) was established in 1996 consisting of a Council-appointed body of local architects, historians, citizens and community representatives. The main objective of the LACAC was to identify and evaluate local heritage buildings and sites with the aim of recognizing buildings and/or sites within the community which have architectural and/or historical significance under the Ontario Heritage Act.

In November of 2003, the provincial government decreed that henceforward these bodies would be identified as Municipal Heritage Committees, consequently, as of the reconstitution of the North Bay body in 2004, it was renamed the North Bay Municipal Heritage Committee.

As of April 2005, the provincial government passed new legislation strengthening the authority of municipalities in their efforts to identify, protect, and promote the heritage of our communities. Further, clarification was made that heritage properties include buildings, streetscapes, districts and landscapes.

Additionally, the Ministry of Culture expanded the mandate of these bodies to include the identification of properties of heritage value in a broader historic context that would include newer properties worthy of recognition as part of our legacy for future generations.

In principle, the definition of heritage is that which is worthy of inheritance, is of guidance in the determination of the goals, objectives and actions of the Municipal Heritage Committee. Inherent in this program is the aim of educating the public as to the worth and value of those sites and structures that deserve to be conserved and preserved, to develop a communal spirit of self-respect, and to instill a pride of residency in the City of North Bay.


What We Do

The Municipal Heritage Committee (MHC) was 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 Municipal Heritage Committee 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.

The Municipal Heritage Committee is also responsible for evaluating and documenting 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.

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 twenty-one located throughout the community.

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 sixty properties for their heritage characteristics.



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)

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. 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. 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. Current members of the Committee are:

  • Peter Handley (Chair)
  • Jennifer Buell (Vice-Chair)
  • Scott Robertson (City Council)
  • Andrew Bruce-Payne (North Bay Society of Architects)
  • Naomi Rupke (North Bay Museum)
  • Jeff Serran (Community Representative)
  • Ed Valenti (Community Representative)
  • George Maroosis (Community Representative)
  • Margaret Surtees (Community Representative)
  • Caroline Loiselle (Ex-Officio)
  • Peter Carello (Secretary-Treasurer)


Upcoming Meetings

Municipal Heritage Committee meetings are typically held monthly on Tuesday's at 12 pm in the 7th Floor Boardroom at City Hall.

For more information about upcoming meetings dates please contact Planning Services.


Peter Carello
 Senior Planner, Current Operations
 (705) 474-0400 x2409