"Heritage means any asset or group of assets, natural or cultural,
tangible or intangible, that a community recognizes for its value as a witness
to history and memory, while emphasizing the need to safeguard, to protect,
to adopt, to promote and to disseminate such heritage."
In May 2005, city council adopted the Heritage Policy, responding to a need
expressed through the decades by Montrealers and reaffirmed during the
Sommet de Montréal.
The objective of the policy is to organize and
orient the actions of the city and its partners in order to encourage the
development of a collective vision and a shared responsibility for
Montréal’s heritage and to make heritage a lever of cultural, social and
economic development. The policy envisions municipal activities in the following areas:
of a system of organization for heritage-related actions.
of this organization by ensuring that the city serves as a model
owner and administrator.