Where the Past Greets the Fututre

About our Heritage

Brighton Heritage

The Municipality of Brighton situated on the north shore of Lake Ontario is a pleasing mix of idyllic farmland, small hamlets and a bustling town which has its origins in the period of intensive settlement by non-aboriginal peoples following the ‘Gunshot Treaty’ of 1787 under which the Mississauga first nation ceded their land to the Crown.

Recognizing that our community identity is rooted in these origins Brighton places great value on heritage preservation; conserving the stories of early settlers and entrepreneurs, and the landscapes, artifacts and buildings that they created.

We welcome residents and visitors to share this legacy by exploring this section of our website and discovering our heritage sites, museums and history.

Heritage Advisory Committee

In recognition of the value of heritage resources to the economic and social well-being of our community Municipal Council has appointed a Heritage Advisory Committee that promotes identification, conservation and celebration of heritage resources.

Municipal Registry

Under section 27 of the Ontario Heritage Act the Municipality maintains a Register of property that is of cultural heritage value or interest that lists important heritage buildings and sites. The committee identifies and researches candidate properties and recommends to Council to pass a resolution to add properties to that register. Listing on the register requires that property owners give 60 days’ notice before demolishing the property but no other restrictions apply. Listed properties are identified with a generic metal plaque.

Under section 29 of the Ontario Heritage Act Council can pass a bylaw to Designate a property. This is a more onerous process that gives the Municipality a legal say in alterations to the property that may affect the specified heritage features, so that its heritage value will be conserved for appreciation by future generations.

Designated properties are identified with a custom, cast aluminum plaque and are automatically added to the Municipal Registry - click here for listing.

For more information on the Ontario Heritage Act visit the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Sport and Culture - click here.

Heritage Sites - Every Building Tells a Story...

Building Stories is an online interactive inventory and mobile application that enables Canadians to view details of heritage properties in selected communities and take a direct role in identifying important heritage assets. To explore sites in Brighton and other communities click here.