Heritage Resource Management Profile

Heritage Resource Management preserves, presents and sustains Hamilton’s irreplaceable cultural heritage of City of Hamilton owned historic sites, museums, adaptive re-use heritage facilities, collections, monuments, statues and cenotaphs, interpretive materials, and plaques for the benefit of Hamiltonians and Canadians.

Key heritage sites owned and operated by the City of Hamilton include: 

  • National Historic Sites (e.g. Dundurn NHS, Battlefield House): 6
  • Community Museum (Fieldcote Memorial Park and Museum): 1
  • Children’s Museum: 1
  • Military Museum: 1
  • Adaptive Reuse Heritage Facilities (e.g. Tisdale House, Veevers Estate): 1

Service Details

Related Subservices

  • Museum Operations
  • Heritage Facility and Resource Management
  • Heritage Policy, Initiatives and Strategies 

Type of Service

  • Public facing


  • Core municipal service

Primary Funding Sources

  • Capital Budget
  • Grants/Subsidies
  • Net Levy
  • User Fees

Service Level

  • At standard

Service Level Source

  • Council approved policy or service standard
  • Funding agreement/grant covenant
  • Past practice


Performance Measures

How much did you do? (volume)


  • Museum Visitation:  203,000
  • Total Facility Bookings:  1,417
  • Total Artifact Records processed:  10,647
  • Total number of properties assessed for inclusion on Inventory, Register or Work Plan for Designation: 788

Is anyone better off? (impact)

Surveys report that the vast majority of Canadians value the role of museums/heritage/historic sites and that museum visits are part of a larger process of engaging with the past and finding identity and meaning in their lives. Over 90% of Canadians believe that:

  • Museums contribute to our quality of life.
  • Children should be exposed to museums. 
  • Museums play a critical role in preserving objects and knowledge of Canada’s history.
  • Museums are trustworthy and valuable learning institutions.

Strategin Plan Priority - Built Environment & Infrastructure and Cultural Diversity