As per the Ontario Heritage Act, the Town of Innisfil maintains a publicly accessible register of properties that are of cultural heritage value or interest within the municipality, called the Municipal Heritage Register.

View our Municipal Heritage Register for properties that are:

Designated heritage properties

Under Section 29 of the Act, Council may pass by-laws to formally designate properties of cultural heritage value or interest. The Innisfil Heritage Advisory Committee takes guidance from the Act to advise Council on heritage designation.

Formal designation:

  • Allows the municipality to acknowledge a property's heritage value and its significance to the identity of the community
  • Helps ensure the conservation of our identified heritage elements for the benefit of present and future generations

Heritage Property Tax Relief Program

Our Heritage Property Tax Relief Program offers a tax rebate to eligible owners of designated heritage properties, aiming to assist with costs associated with their unique care and additional maintenance that can arise compared with modern buildings.

We recognize the important role that heritage buildings play in contributing to the character and cultural identity of a community. We are proud of Innisfil's many properties that encompass a wide range of historical context and architect styles and influences. The program aims to assist property owners to preserve these places that help tell the story of the settlement and growth of our Town.

Contact us for a program application form.

Non-designated properties of cultural value or interest

Properties included on the Municipal Heritage Register that are not officially designated as heritage properties but are properties of cultural value or interest (or 'listed' properties) allow the Town to plan for their conservation and provide a measure of interim protection.

Demolishing or removing a building or structure

If you are an owner of a listed property, you must give the Town at least 60 days' notice of your intention to demolish or remove a building or structure on the property. This allows staff and Council time to determine whether to begin the heritage designation process, giving long-term protection to the property. No other obligations are placed on the property owner.

Myths of heritage designations

A common myth about properties with heritage designations is that it has a negative impact on the property owner and restricts the use of the property. This is not the case. A heritage designation does not:

  • Adversely affect property values
  • Prevent alterations or expansions to a building, as long as they complement the heritage attributes
  • Restrict the use of the property