The Built Environment

The Prince of Wales Prize for Municipal Heritage Leadership

Administered by the Heritage Canada Foundation, this award is given annually to municipalities that have demonstrated a strong and sustained commitment to the conservation of their historic places. The local government should have a record of supporting heritage preservation through such means as regulation, policies, funding and exemplary stewardship.

Nominations for the award are accepted from any individual or organization, as long as they are independent of the local government in question and are endorsed by a similarly independent heritage organization. Selection is made by a national jury of experts in the field.

The winner of the 2013 prize, Owen Sound, Ontario was announced on Oct. 30.

Past winners of the prize include: Saguenay, QC (2012), Oakville, Ont. (2010), Edmonton (2009), Quebec City (2003), Saint John (2002) and Victoria (2001).

For more information: www.heritagecanada.org/en/get-involved/awards/make-nomination/prince-wales-prize

How The Prince is involved

During an official visit to Canada in the 1990s, The Prince of Wales visited a carefully restored 18th Century home in New Brunswick. There he met with a number of representatives of the heritage community in the area, including a member of the board of the Heritage Canada Foundation.

The Prince asked for more information about the organization and enquired how he might be of help in pursuing its heritage objectives. It was determined that His Royal Highness could lend his name and title to an award to encourage the preservation of the built heritage of Canada.

Community regeneration through regenerating heritage buildings is one of The Prince of Wales’s core interests.

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