Hamilton Heritage Property Grant Program

The Hamilton Heritage Property Grant Program provides financial assistance in the form of a grant for:

  • structural/stability work required to conserve and restore heritage features of properties
  • the conservation and restoration of heritage features of properties
  • heritage studies/reports/assessments for properties that are designated under Parts IV or V of the Ontario Heritage Act

Eligible properties must be:  

  • Located within a Downtown Hamilton or Community Downtowns, Mount Hope/Airport Gateway
  • Located within an active Business Improvement Area within the City of Hamilton
  • Located with Commercial Corridors as identified in the Downtown and Community Renewal Community Improvement Project Area
  • Designated under Parts IV or V of the Ontario Heritage Act and located within the lower city between Highway 403 and the Red Hill Valley Parkway and used for commercial, institutional or multi-residential purposes.

Program details

The objective of the program is to assist in development and re-using heritage properties. City Council values heritage properties as important to the urban revitalization and regeneration.

Conservation and restorative initiatives must be consistent with the policies, principles and design themes contained within the Downtown Hamilton Secondary Plan, relevant Urban Design Guidelines, regulations contained within the applicable Zoning By-laws as well as any other City Council approved policies or regulations.

Eligible structural or stability work

Work necessary to restore the building to structural soundness such as:

  • The correction of serious structural faults that threaten the building's survival
  • Stabilization works to retain portions of the property
  • Underpinning of building structures
  • Repair or new roofs

Eligible conservation work

Eligible conservation work includes the following:

  • Conserves or enhances elements specified in the Reasons for Designation, the Statement of Cultural Heritage Value of Interest or, a description of the Heritage Attributes accompanying the designating by-law under the Ontario Heritage Act.
  • The conservation of significant architectural features is eligible. This may include the conservation or restoration of: doors, windows, verandahs, cupolas, chimneys, bargeboard or other decorative trim, parapets, cornices, hood mouldings and any other features important to the overall composition of the structure as specified in the Reasons for Designation, the Statement of Cultural Heritage Value of Interest or, a description of the Heritage Attributes accompanying the designating by-law under the Ontario Heritage Act.
  • The conservation of fences and outbuildings if specifically referred to in Reasons for Designation, the Statement of Cultural Heritage Value of Interest or, a description of the Heritage Attributes accompanying the designating by-law under the Ontario Heritage Act.
  • The conservation or renewal of original siding and roofing materials including repair and replacement where necessary of wood clapboard or board-and-batten, repair and repointing of masonry buildings, stucco repair, repair or replacement of original roofing materials  such as slate, wood shingles, or tile. Eligible work also includes removal of a modern material such as synthetic siding, asphalt shingles and replacement with documented original materials.
  • The reconstruction of former and significant architectural features for which the appearance can be clearly determined from documentary sources, such as photographs and drawings, is eligible.
  • The reconstruction of store fronts which have been altered or replaced. The documentation should be in the form of historic photographs or drawings clearly showing the feature(s) to be reconstructed.
  • Cleaning of masonry buildings may be eligible if it is necessary for the building's preservation. Under no circumstances will grants be paid for any form of abrasive cleaning, such as sandblasting or sodablasting or high-pressure water cleaning. Heritage Staff approval is required as to cleaning method to be employed before work is undertaken.
  • Exterior painting in documented original colours. Colours must be documented for the individual building or be proved to have been a common contemporary colour in the area. Painting of unpainted masonry is not eligible.

The following works, including repair, maintenance, reconstruction or improvements to the following are ineligible for grant assistance:

  • Short-term, routine maintenance. This includes minor repairs such as repairing a broken step or a broken window; repair of non-original siding or roofing materials such as aluminum siding or asphalt shingles.
  • Landscaping.
  • Work on modern additions.
  • Work on sheds or outbuildings not specifically referred to in the Reasons for Designation, the Statement of Cultural Heritage Value of Interest or, a description of the Heritage Attributes.
  • Installation of modern doors and windows unless replicas of the original .
  • Installation of new storm or screen doors and windows.
  • Chimney repairs other than restoration of a significant chimney.
  • Repair of eavestrough unless its nature is such that it is significant to the heritage of the structure.
  • Repairs to or renewal of modern materials.
  • Painting previously unpainted masonry.
  • Interior work, unless required to stabilize or preserve the property such as  furnaces
  • Abrasive cleaning such as sandblasting, sodablasting or high-pressure water cleaning

How to apply

  1. Review the full program description, including program terms. (PDF, 200 KB)
     
  2. Complete the Hamilton Heritage Property Grant Program application form (PDF, 340 KB) and submit in person or by mail to:

    City of Hamilton
    71 Main Street West, 7th Floor
    Hamilton, Ontario, L8P 4Y5
    Attention: Hazel Milsome, Co-ordinator of Urban Renewal Incentives
     
  3. You will need to pay the administration fee when you submit your application. For grants that are $12,500 or less, the administration fee is $254.25. For grants that are more than $12,500, the administration fee is $395.50.