City seeks Volunteers for Toronto Preservation Board

The Heritage Preservation Services unit of Toronto’s City Planning Division

is seeking qualified individuals to serve on the Toronto Preservation Board and the Community Preservation Panels. Skills and experience in heritage research, architecture, planning and engineering are especially useful.

The role of the 14-member Toronto Preservation Board is to advise City Council on issues relating to the Ontario Heritage Act and city-wide heritage policy. The act gives municipalities the power to conserve Toronto’s significant heritage properties.

The four district-based Community Preservation Panels make recommendations to the Preservation Board on heritage matters in their communities and panel members serve as advocates providing valuable input into the identification and conservation of heritage sites.

Volunteering for the Toronto Preservation Board or a Community Preservation Panel provides an opportunity to help shape the future of the city by preserving the past. These positions also offer an opportunity to enhance and gain leadership skills. Appointments to the panels or the board are for a term of four years. The term is from January 2011 to November 30, 2014.

To be eligible for an appointment to a Community Preservation Panel or the Toronto Preservation Board, applicants must be:
- a Canadian citizen,
- at least 18 years old, and
- a resident of the City of Toronto or an owner or tenant of land in Toronto or the spouse or same sex partner of such owner or tenant.

Employees of the City of Toronto or any of its agencies, boards or commissions are not eligible to apply. People currently serving on another of the City’s agencies, boards, commissions or special-purpose bodies whose appointments are continuing, a judge of any court, and members of the Legislative Assembly, the Senate or House of Commons of Canada, are also not eligible. To reflect the diverse nature of Toronto’s population, women, people with disabilities, native people, and racial and ethnic minorities are especially encouraged to apply.

Applications are available on the Heritage Preservation Services website - or by contacting Barbara Holt at 416-338-1076 or [email protected]. The deadline for submitting applications is 4 p.m. on Monday, November 15, 2010. 

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents. For information about non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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