Bill 23 Impact Series Introduction

Bill 23, the More Homes Built Faster Act, 2022 poses a massive threat to heritage and heritage advocacy (Click here to read the act).

On January 1, 2025, buildings in Ontario that are on a Heritage List of Interest and are not designated and have been on the list for more than 2 years will be removed from that list. The building will not be eligible to return to the list for 5 years and the catch is that a building cannot be designated unless it in on the list. Currently 73% of the heritage inventory in Essex County is listed as a property of interest and is not designated. Municipalities in Essex County designate at an average of 1 property per year.

The list has been used in the past to protect properties and bring them to the attention of advocates and the municipality should a developer request a demolition permit. Many buildings in the municipality have been saved by the advance warning of a demolition request sent to Council. In the era of Bill 23, there will be no warning when a heritage building and no time to save it when a significant building is lost.

There are further changes though Bill 23 to the requirements to designate which will put Indigenous, Black and 2SLGBTQIA+ spaces at threat.

To that end, our branch is launching a series in which we will highlight heritage buildings and landscapes that are listed but not designated. Some of the properties at risk will surprise you.

If there’s a building that you’re passionate about and would like to see listed in this series, reach out to We look forward to hearing from you and working with you to advocate for the properties that you value.

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