Celebrating municipal leadership in heritage preservation

The Prince of Wales Prize for Municipal Heritage Leadership, presented by the National Trust of Canada, is awarded to municipalities that demonstrate a strong and sustained commitment to the conservation of historical places.

The local government who wins the award must have a record of supporting heritage preservation through such means as regulation, policies, funding and exemplary stewardship.  Created in 1999, the prize reflects His Royal Highness’ commitment to architecture, the environment, and inner-city renewal.

2016 Recipient: City of Richmond, British Columbia

Richmond’s richness of place and its long history of celebrating and protecting its heritage assets positively reflect this municipality’s sustained commitment to heritage conservation. The City of Richmond’s approach to heritage conservation is described by the Prince of Wales Prize Jury as ‘holistic’ and ‘forward-looking’ in its principles, policies and practices.

Since the 1980s, The City of Richmond has made strong efforts in the preservation of its cultural heritage. This is demonstrated in their commitment to the documentation and conservation of cultural landscapes, archaeological sites and vegetation and heritage areas. They have also had considerable success in the integration of heritage conservation into urban planning.

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