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Clarington Heritage

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Clarington’s past foundations are vital to understanding how the community has thrived and changed. Much of Clarington’s charm and character is rooted in its collection of well-preserved historic buildings, many of which date back to the early 19th century. Preserving the local built heritage evokes the community’s storied history and is essential in maintaining Clarington’s distinctive identity.

Clarington’s heritage buildings can be found scattered throughout the rural countryside, clustered within historic downtowns, and within scenic hamlets and residential areas.


In Ontario, the conservation of heritage resources officially began in 1974 with the Ontario Heritage Act. The Act allowed local municipal councils to establish Local Architectural Conservation Advisory Committees (LACAC). The role of these volunteer committees was to advise and assist council on matters related to the conservation of individual buildings which were of historic or architectural value, as well as the conservation of groupings of buildings, known as heritage conservation districts.

In 1977, the Town of Newcastle (present-day Municipality of Clarington) appointed its first LACAC. In 2006, the name of the Committee was changed to the Clarington Heritage Committee (CHC).

The role of heritage committees has expanded since then to include any heritage issues that Council would like the committee to address.

Find more information on the Clarington Heritage Committee page.


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