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Calgary Heritage Authority

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The Calgary Heritage Authority (CHA), established in 2000, is a merger of the previously existing Heritage Advisory Board and the Calgary Municipal Heritage Properties Authority. The CHA is governed by the Province of Alberta CHA Act.

The CHA comprises 12 members of the public who are appointed by Council – four of whom are appointed for a three-year term. The chair is chosen annually by the board members, while heritage planning staff serves as a non-voting professional resource.

The CHA seeks board members with experience, education and interest in heritage conservation, architecture, urban planning, local history/heritage, communications, public and stakeholder engagement, fund development and non-profit governance. Recruitment to the CHA is handled by the City Clerk’s Office every fall when it recruits for boards, committees and commissions.

The functions of the CHA include:

  • Advising Council on all matters relating to heritage resources in Calgary. 
  • Evaluating potential heritage sites and maintaining the Inventory of Evaluated Historic Resources.
  • Promoting public awareness of Calgary’s heritage.

The CHA operates with two committees, the Evaluation and Review Committee, and the Public Awareness Committee.

The Evaluation and Review Committee evaluates potential heritage sites for the Inventory of Evaluated Historic Resources and maintains the inventory.

The Public Awareness Committee undertakes and participates in a wide variety of initiatives. Specific, ongoing initiatives include hosting the biennial Lion Awards and Heritage Plaque programs.

The CHA meets monthly with meetings open to the public. Meetings are typically held the second Friday of each month (except August, and may be moved in July due to Stampede) from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Legal Traditions Boardroom (Old City Hall, 4th floor).

Moving Forward

Heritage has value and helps promote our City’s civic identity. Heritage places, sites and stories connect us with the essence of our past. Calgarians’ stories of how we got here reveal the values we live by and the lessons of how we adapted so we could thrive and grow our communities.

The Calgary Heritage Authority report, Moving Forward, provides an update on our many initiatives and accomplishments and describes how the CHA plans to adapt to meet new realities so it can continue to serve Calgarians.

Heritage Matters

The CHA hosts the Heritage Matters lecture series in collaboration with the Calgary Public Library. Events will be listed in the CPL’s program guide and on their website.

Community heritage plaques

At least three enamel plaques are awarded biennially to sites of historic significance. Sites that are awarded plaques are proposed by the CHA, heritage planning staff and the public.

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Contact

Contact the Calgary Heritage Authority at info@calgaryheritageauthority.com. For media inquiries, please contact pdamedia@calgary.ca or call 403-828-2954.