Waterloo Region is committed to the conservation of its architectural and cultural heritage. Cultural heritage resources are inheritances that give residents a sense of place, community and personal identity. These resources provide an important means of defining a regional identity and enhancing our community's quality of life. They support social development and promote economic prosperity.

There are many ways to learn more about our heritage:

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The Region of Waterloo's responsibility to conserve our cultural heritage is shared with the Federal and Provincial governments. Area municipalities, other government agencies, the private sector, property owners and the community as a whole also play an important role.

Waterloo Region Public Building Inventory

Public Building Inventory document coverThe Region of Waterloo's Heritage Planning Advisory Committee (HPAC) has inventoried all purpose-built public buildings in Waterloo Region constructed pre-1951 and compiled them into a two-part Public Building Inventory. Over 200 structures have been recorded, including post offices, hospitals, town and city halls, farmers' markets, armouries, police and fire stations, court houses, jails, water pumping stations, railway and trolley stations, arenas, swimming pools, parks, auditoriums, and 104 education-related buildings, such as one-room school houses. 

These structures have played a central role in the growth and development of our local communities over the past two centuries. The goal of the inventory is to increase awareness of these structures to support future heritage conservation efforts. It is hoped that the inventory will be a useful tool for researchers, municipal staff, heritage committees and interested individuals.

The inventory can be downloaded in two parts:

Part 1: Public Building Inventory
Part 2: Public Building Inventory - Educational Buildings

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The Region of Waterloo's Heritage Planning Advisory Committee (HPAC) hosts and supports educational workshops related to various aspects of heritage conservation. Past workshops include:

  • The Economics of Heritage Development - February 2016
  • Cultivating Heritage Gardens and Landscapes Workshop - January 2015
  • Heritage Impact Assessment Workshop - November 2012
  • Old House Maintenance and Repair Seminar - November 2009

Contact Lindsay Benjamin at for information about these workshops.