Plaques and Markers

Heritage plaques and markers have been produced in Hamilton for more than one hundred years, contributing to civic memory and to a broad awareness of place and story in our communities.  The Plaques and Markers Program of Hamilton’s Tourism and Culture Division currently facilitate 3 plaque types:  Commemorative; Heritage Recognition; and Designated Property.  Broadly speaking, Commemorative and Heritage Recognition plaques are `picture and story’ plaques, while Designated Property Plaques mark architectural or built heritage.

Commemorative Plaques mark sites telling larger stories (approx. 250 words) of historical/cultural events, and of persons and places associated with specific locations. Commemorative Plaque Application Form (PDF, 259 KB)

Heritage Recognition Plaques mark sites commemorating more bounded or discrete stories of people or places of historic importance (approx. 150 words). Heritage Recognition Plaque Application Form (PDF, 257 KB)

Designated Property Plaques are cast-metal ovals which mark only those properties designated under the Ontario Heritage Act. Eligibility for a Designated Property plaque comes automatically with designation under the Act. For information about designated properties in Hamilton, visit heritage propertiesDesignated Property Plaque Application Form (PDF, 359 KB)

Call For Ideas: 2020 Heritage Plaquing Theme

While plaque applicants are required to secure funding for their proposed plaques, the Heritage Resource Management Section, Tourism and Culture Division, Planning and Economic Development Department dedicates a budget for the production of three (3) Commemorative Plaques annually.   

Each February, at the Heritage Day Ceremony in Council Chambers, a broad historical theme for the year’s three plaques is announced. From Heritage Day until Labour Day, members of the public, schools and students, heritage and neighbourhood associations submit topics which fit the annual theme. All proposed topics will be considered by an adjudication committee which will select the three successful projects. 

The theme for 2020 is Planes, Trains, and Automobiles: Transportation. Proposed topics can range far and wide within this guideline:

  • Trails
  • Portages
  • Canoe routes
  • Toll gates
  • Steamships or incline railways
  • Public transit
  • Private jets
  • Bridges
  • Highways
  • Technology
  • Local cabs or transcontinental flights
  • Labour and management

Submit your topics. Just keep in mind that plaques should tell stories of events, persons and places associated with specific locations. It all comes down to `location, location, location!'

To submit a topic, please fill out our online form. Submission deadline is Labour Day, Monday, September 7, 2020.

Contact Us

Christopher Redford
Phone: 905-546-2424 Ext. 4688
Email: [email protected]