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Municipal Heritage Committee


Township of Selwyn
1310 Centre Line
Selwyn, ON
K9J 6X5

Phone: 705 292-9507
or 877 213-7419

The Municipal Heritage Committee's (MHC) mandate is to assist the municipal council in making decisions on any matter relating to the legal designation and conservation of a property of cultural heritage value or interest, as individual properties or as heritage conservation districts.

The MHC determined early on in its mandate that establishing criteria for the evaluation of properties would be a priority. To this end, the MHC has developed a Designation Evaluation Manual complete with a score sheet. The manual is intended to provide an evaluation methodology which is fair, transparent and consistent with the Ontario Heritage Act.

This document is limited in its use to the evaluation of individual properties and is not intended to be used in the evaluation of heritage districts or cultural landscapes. The document introduces the fact that until specific methods have been adopted by the municipality as it relates to the evaluation of heritage districts, we will use provincial guidelines.

The Committee's goal is to encourage heritage building owners to seek designation voluntarily and to work with them through the process in an effort to raise awareness of the benefits of heritage designation.

Heritage Property Tax Relief Program

Selwyn Approves a Heritage Property Tax Relief Program

Selwyn, ON - On November 28, 2017 Sheryl Smith, Chair of the Municipal Heritage Committee requested that Council support the adoption of a Heritage Tax Relief Program. The program provides a tax relief to eligible property owners to help maintain and restore their heritage properties.

The Selwyn Municipal Heritage Committee has been working on the detailed program criteria and application since 2016 and as a result, the program will provide a tax relief (applicable to the municipal tax levy only) between 20% and 40% to owners of eligible heritage properties.

For properties to be eligible for tax relief, the property must have a designated structure under the Heritage Act. Owners would enter into an agreement with the Township which would protect the heritage features of their property and encourage good stewardship. All applications will be reviewed and approved by the Selwyn Municipal Heritage Committee.

The Township believes that the tax relief program will act as an incentive to owners of heritage properties to seek the heritage designation of their properties.

"Our heritage properties tell us an important and essential story about our past. Protecting our history through these cultural assets is vital. This program helps to do just that." Selwyn Mayor Mary Smith.

The Selwyn Municipal Heritage Committee was formed in 2010. The Committee advises and assists Council in matters relating to heritage conservation districts and identifies individual structures of historical and/or architectural significance. The Committee supports the conservation of archaeological resources and cultural landscape features. The Committee is comprised of one Council representative and is made up of 4-6 members from the community at large.

Lakefield's old Train Station

Municipal Heritage Register:

Intent to Designate Property under the Ontario Heritage Act:

Johnson Bickell Cemetery


2019-2022 Members:

  • Members to be determined
  • Councillor Anita Locke - Council Representative
  • Robert Lamarre - Staff
  • Jamie-Lee Wiltshire - Staff

Members meet quarterly, or on a more frequent basis as required.