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Heritage Policy

"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."

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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:

  • Establishment of a system of organization for heritage-related actions.
  • Implementation of this organization by ensuring that the city serves as a model owner and administrator.