Heritage Montreal promoting the city's DNA for more than 40 years!

Since 1975, Heritage Montreal has worked to promote and to protect the architectural, historic, natural and cultural heritage of Greater Montreal, its neighbourhoods and communities. This private non-profit organization is at the heart of an extensive network of partners, working through education and representation to celebrate, develop and preserve Montreal’s identity and uniqueness.

Objectives and roles that follow from the mission

  1. Publicize heritage and promote its protection among all components of society
  2. Increase awareness and advise all decision-makers whose actions affect heritage.
  3. Help the public and private sector to acquire the mechanisms needed for heritage protection.
  4. Promote the appropriate use and refinement of these tools, as well as the enhancement of heritage.
  5. Provide a critical viewpoint based on knowledge and expertise.
  6. Assemble, mobilize and co-ordinate interests.
  7. Maintain a permanent, efficient and reliable organization.

Definition of heritage

Heritage Montreal is interested primarily in the type of heritage that can be described and located on a map. Such heritage consists of immoveable property and may be covered by urban planning instruments. While Heritage Montreal focuses its efforts on built heritage, there are five facets to Montreal’s built heritage of concern to the organization:

  • Sites of commemorative interest (places or buildings associated with historical people or events, place names)
  • Sites of archeological interest (sites or vestiges, buried or not, related to stages in Montreal’s history)
  • Sites of architectural interest (buildings that are exceptional in some way or typical of periods, works of civil engineering, public works of art, landscape architecture)
  • Sites of landscape interest (urban views and landmarks, the river, the mountain, topography, street trees, major parks, the canal, architectural characteristics of the neighbourhoods)
  • Sites of ecological interest (sites identified in terms of natural science, hydrology (water), geological evidence, forest ecosystems, migratory stopovers)