With funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, branches of the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario (ACO) and Historical Societies will partner with the Heritage Resources Centre (HRC) at the University of Waterloo to undertake a province wide research program to answer the question: Have Heritage Conservation Districts in Ontario been successful heritage planning initiatives over a period of time?
Since it takes a period of time for the impacts of district designation to manifest, this study concentrates on examining districts that are well established. Applying the criterion of residential, commercial or mixed use areas designated in 1992 or before there are thirty-three HCDs that the study is examining. These districts are found in or near the following areas: Cobourg, Hamilton, Kingston, Ottawa, St. Catharines, Huron County, Brampton, Toronto, Ottawa, the Region of Waterloo and Thunder Bay.
The study began in May 2008 and the progress report for January 2009 is now avalible on the Heritage Resources Centre website.