Promotion and Advancement

In recent years the Windsor Heritage Committee has embraced two basic principles to promote heritage preservation:

  • Get frequent and positive public attention.
  • Work in partnership with others to advance the cause.

Examples of their efforts to achieve these goals include:

Built Heritage Awards - In conjunction with the annual Heritage Week in Ontario, City Council recognizes property owners for long-time heritage stewardship and/or recent well-done rehabilitations through the presentation of Built Heritage Awards. Owners of newly designated buildings are also presented a heritage designation plaque. See the Local Heritage Appreciation webpage.

Doors Open Windsor - is an annual family oriented celebration of local history.  For one day only, two dozen of Windsor's heritage buildings (and other sites of local interest) are open to free public tours.  The event is held annually in conjunction with Doors Open Amherstburg during the last weekend of September.  For further information, please visit Doors Open Windsor.

Heritage Highlights - short video clips that highlight different heritage buildings in the City that are shown randomly on the local CBC television station as fillers. They were developed in cooperation with CBC Television - Windsor and the local branch of the ACO (Architectural Conservancy of Ontario). Watch for them on CBC Channel 9 (COGECO Cable 10).

  • Walking Tour & Information Brochures - See the Walking Tours webpage.
  • Displays - Watch for Windsor Heritage Committee displays at local festivals and gatherings.
  • Built Heritage Awards - certificates of appreciation to owners of heritage properties, who have restored or beautifully maintained them for the enjoyment of all. These are presented at Council to several property owners annually during Heritage Week in February.
  • Presentation of Identification Plaques - bronze plaques are presented to owners of designated properties at a ceremony at City Council.
  • Community Heritage Recognition Program - each year an individual who has made a lasting and significant contribution to heritage conservation in Windsor is honoured at City Council with a certificate and pin from the Ontario Heritage Foundation.
  • Heritage Garden - a garden, located adjacent to City Hall, which commemorates the historic development of the Civic Square was dedicated in 2000.
  • New Official Plan Policies - The Windsor Heritage Committee was instrumental in incorporating new heritage conservation policies into the new Official Plan for the City.
  • Archaeological Master Plan - The Windsor Heritage Committee was instrumental in the development of a new Archaeological Master Plan for Windsor.
  • Canadian Heritage River Designation - The Windsor Heritage Committee was pleased to participate in the Essex Region Conservation Authority's successful efforts to designate the Detroit River as a Canadian Heritage River.
  • Local Heritage Council - The Windsor Heritage Committee is pleased to participate in the community-based effort to organize an umbrella organization for local heritage and history groups.

For general information, call 311. For detailed inquiries, contact us at:

Planning & Building Services Department
Planning Division
Suite 210, 350 City Hall Square West
Windsor, Ontario, Canada N9A 6S1
Phone: (519) 255-6543
Fax: (519) 255-6544