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Heritage Montreal

How does Heritage Montreal conduct its advocacy actions?

Heritage Montreal, via its team members, performs advocacy in various ways:

  • Ad hoc meetings with representatives of political bodies and interest groups;
  • Targeted actions with stakeholders in Montreal’s built heritage;
  • Media appearances;
  • Active participation on issue tables and advisory committees (projects; other areas of concern).

Where does the money from donations go?

Heritage Montreal is a privately run, not-for-profit foundation. It is financed almost exclusively by donations, with a small percentage of self-generated revenue. Heritage Montreal receives no operating grants. Donations received are therefore used to implement Heritage Montreal’s mission, through educational activities, special projects and advocacy actions. Besides a permanent staff of seven employees, Heritage Montreal relies on close to a hundred volunteers. With the support of its donors, partners and volunteers, Heritage Montreal has tangible, direct impacts on the quality of Montrealers’ living environment.

What does it mean to be a member of the Heritage Montreal Foundation, and what are the benefits of membership?

Members of Heritage Montreal are part of a dynamic network!

When you support Heritage Montreal as a member, you enable the organization to further develop its civic presence, gain additional legitimacy, and broaden its capacity as a support network for assembling the resources needed to fulfill its mission. Being a member also means having a voice—being part of the conversations that enrich the Foundation’s raison d’être.

In return, our members enjoy preferential access to our rich and diversified programming, information on our actions, and exclusive activities, as well as special rates for activities and events put on by our many partners.

See the Become a member section for more information.

How can I become a member?

There are three ways to become a member or renew a membership:

  • Complete a membership application online in the Become a member section;
  • Print out the PDF version of the application form, complete it, and mail it to:
    Heritage Montreal
    100 Sherbrooke St. E., Suite 0500
    Montreal, QC,  H2X 1C3;
  •  or contact Ms. Erin Whitterker, Philanthropic Development and Events Coordinator, at 514 286-2662, ext. 27.


I am a person with limited mobility. Can I take part in the guided tours?

It depends on the particular route and how accessible it is at the time of the tour; information is provided in the pamphlet. Please contact the person in charge of tours at 514 286-2662, ext. 21, or by e-mail, to ascertain whether the tour you are interested in is accessible to you.

Who are the guides that present your tours?

Heritage Montreal’s tour guides are all experienced volunteers eager to convey their enthusiasm for Montreal’s built heritage. They are professionals or students in fields such as architecture, urban planning, art history, tourism, museology and heritage conservation. To guarantee the quality of tours, all of our guides are trained by our team members, who together have more than twenty years’ experience in heritage interpretation and/or architecture.

Do I have to make a reservation to take part in a tour?

Unless otherwise stated, there are no reservations necessary for ArchitecTours. You need only arrive 15 minutes before the start of the tour. The fees for the tour and the Access Card are payable in cash only, on the spot.


Where can I access Heritage Montreal publications?

Although some publications are now out of print, you can obtain photocopied versions (you must pay for the cost of the copies). You may also view some publications at Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ), in some municipal libraries, or in our documentation centre. Publications edited by Heritage Montreal that are still in print, such as the technical guide and the guide to masonry, are on sale for $15 each, taxes included. If you have further questions, please contact us.

  • Couvertures traditionnellesLondon, M. and M. Ostiguy (1984). Couvertures traditionnelles. Montreal, Heritage Montreal. 69 p.
  • Fenêtres traditionnellesLondon, M. and D. Bumbaru (1984). Fenêtres traditionnelles. Montreal, Heritage Montreal. 68 p.
  • Maçonnerie traditionnelleLondon, M. and D. Bumbaru (1984). Maçonnerie traditionnelle. Montreal, Heritage Montreal. 68 p.
  • Revêtements traditionnelsLondon, M. and C. Baird (1986). Revêtements traditionnels. Montreal, Heritage Montreal.
  • Traditional MasonryLondon, M. and D. Bumbaru (1986). Traditional Masonry. Montreal, Heritage Montreal.
  • Traditional WindowsLondon, M. and D. Bumbaru (1985). Traditional Windows. Montreal, Heritage Montreal.
  • Maconnerie traditionnelle: Document technique : Régions de Montréal et de Québec / Origine et caractéristiques des matériaux (Volume 1)St-Louis, D. (1984). Maconnerie traditionnelle : Document techniques : Régions de Montréal et de Québec / Origine et caractéristiques des matériaux (Volume 1). Montreal, Heritage Montreal.
  • Maconnerie traditionnelle: Document techniques : Régions de Montréal et de Québec / Principaux usages dans la construction traditionnelle (Volume 2)St-Louis, D. (1984). Maconnerie traditionnelle : Document techniques : Régions de Montréal et de Québec / Principaux usages dans la construction traditionnelle (Volume 2). Montreal, Heritage Montreal.
  • Maconnerie traditionnelle : Document techniques : Régions de Montréal et de Québec / Pathologie et traitements (Volume 3)St-Louis, D. (1984). Maconnerie traditionnelle : Document techniques : Régions de Montréal et de Québec / Pathologie et traitements (Volume 3). Montreal, Heritage Montreal.

Where can I get pamphlets describing Heritage Montreal activities (e.g., ArchitecTours, Renovation Courses, At the Heart of the City)?

You can obtain our various pamphlets directly on our website, in the Activities section, or at the reception in our offices. You can also subscribe to our newsletter via the website.


How can I become a Heritage Montreal volunteer?

To volunteer with Heritage Montreal, you must complete the form available on the website; you will then be invited to attend a group interview. All volunteers selected must then take part in an orientation session.

See the Become a volunteer section for more information.


Do I have to be a member to use the Documentation Centre?

No, you don’t have to be a member to come and view documents.

How do I access the Documentation Centre?

You may access the Documentation Centre by sending an email request, specifying your research needs. We will then contact you to schedule an appointment.

Can I do my own research alone at the Documentation Centre?

For technical reasons, it is not possible to conduct research alone at the Documentation Centre. When you arrive, the person in charge will have prepared the documents you requested for consultation.

Is there a cost to use the Documentation Centre?

Access to the Documentation Centre is free of charge. If you wish to make photocopies, however, there is a charge of 20 cents per page.

Where can I find other publications that aren’t in your holdings?

You can find additional documentation at Bibliothèque et Archives nationales (BAnQ) and in the university libraries:

Where can I find information on a specific building?

You may send a research request to the person in charge of the Document Centre, providing as many details as possible about the property in question (address, name of building, etc.). If no information is available from Heritage Montreal, you may consult the Répertoire des biens culturels du Québec (Quebec directory of cultural properties), the Grand répertoire du patrimoine bâti de Montréal (Montreal built heritage directory) and/or the Federal Heritage Buildings Review Office. You may also wish to consult the City of Montreal Archives, the various neighbourhood historical societies, and/or the Canadian Centre for Architecture.

Requests for Advice - Assistance

Can I obtain technical and/or renovation advice from you?

We do not provide any specific technical advice, as this is not part of the mission of Heritage Montreal. The renovation courses given by Heritage Montreal, however, are a good way of obtaining technical information about renovating heritage properties.

Can you recommend a person in a specific field?

Providing recommendations is against Heritage Montreal policy.

Is there a directory of contractors and tradespeople with contact information?

Is there a directory of contractors and tradespeople with contact information?

This type of information is found in the Heritage and Quality Renovation Guide. It contains a comprehensive list of the various entrepreneurs in your region. For your professional inspection needs, you may refer to the Canadian Association of Home and Property Inspectors website. For specialty trades and other professionals, see the directory of the Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals.

Can I send a grant request to Heritage Montreal?

By virtue of its mission, Heritage Montreal offers no grant programs. If your property meets certain criteria, however, there are financial assistance programs available from the City of Montreal, including one for buildings with heritage value and one for major residential renovations. You can also inquire with various government bodies, Hydro-Québec, Gaz Métro, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, the Office de l’efficacité énergétique du Québec and your financial institution.

Heritage and Planning Management

What can I do to help protect Montreal’s built heritage?

We urge you to become a member of Heritage Montreal, the mission of which is to promote and protect built heritage in Greater Montreal. Another effective way to help is to take part in public hearings. Our renovation courses, ArchitecTours and lectures are also excellent ways to learn about and help protect Montreal’s heritage.

How do I find out whether a district or building is a listed property?

Detailed information on listed districts and properties in Montreal is available in the city’s heritage databases as well as in the Master Plan.

What can I do to save a building, a church, or a tree?

For requests related to the safeguarding of built heritage, please e-mail us at contact@heritagemontreal.org with your request and a description of the situation. Your request will be forwarded to the relevant department, and you will be contacted. Please note that all requests that we receive are studied to assess their relevance and our capacity to intercede.

You may also use the interactive platform on our website, which features a toolbox.

Where do I take old doors, windows, etc. after renovations?

For recovery or resale of construction and renovation materials, contact Éco-Réno at 514 725-9990.

What do I do if I make a chance archeological discovery?

Quebec’s Cultural Heritage Act (Section 74, 2011, c. 21, s. 74.) stipulates that anyone who discovers an archeological property or site must inform the Ministry of Culture without delay; the validity of the discovery will be assessed and the proper protection measures enforced, as needed.

More information is available (in French) on the following Web page: http://www.mcc.gouv.qc.ca/index.php?id=5295.

I heard that… / I noticed that… / It seems that…

For requests of this type, it is best to send an e-mail message.


What were the Save Montreal Orange and Lemon Prizes?

This competition was developed by Save Montreal to spark debate and thinking around the issue of quality in architectural. The goal of the Orange and Lemon Prizes was to highlight qualities and benefits as well as faults and inconveniences, respectively, of architecture projects in Montreal, both large and small. The competition was created in the early 1970s, and the first Lemon Prize was awarded to the Institut d’hôtellerie de Montréal building (which has since been renovated). It’s important to note, however, that Heritage Montreal was not a stakeholder in the project; only a jury member.

What is Opération Patrimoine Architectural de Montréal (the Montreal Architectural Heritage Campaign) and what are your links to this initiative?

The Montreal Architectural Heritage Campaign, known by its French acronym OPAM, is an annual event created by the City of Montreal in collaboration with Heritage Montreal. It seeks to raise Montrealers’ awareness of the importance of protecting built heritage, and to reward work by homeowners to maintain their heritage properties. Each year OPAM awards a number of prizes to property owners who maintain and/or restore their homes in keeping with their original character.

For any further questions, please e-mail us, and the person in charge will get in touch with you.

What is the Montreal Heritage Calendar (Calendrier du Patrimoine de Montréal)?

The Montreal Heritage Calendar is an initiative of Heritage Montreal in collaboration with the Montreal Heritage Network and its partners. It is an online day-by-day guide to exploring Greater Montreal, and is a clearing-house for information on the various heritage-related events in and around the city.