Cultural Heritage

ASI’s core values recognize that cultural heritage resources exist below and above ground, are inextricably linked with natural heritage, and have tangible and intangible qualities. This approach reflects industry best practice and provides integrated and seamless consulting services for our clients in the public and private sectors. Our firm has embedded this practice through complementing our core strengths in archaeology with a dedicated Cultural Heritage Division.

Originally created in the late 1990s, this Division consists of a team of heritage professionals that together provide a range of interdisciplinary expertise and skill. Our team also has extensive experience preparing assessments required for undertakings subject to the Ontario Environmental Assessment Act, including all Class Environmental Assessments in the Province of Ontario, Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, Transit Project Assessment Process, Environmental Protection Act, Planning Act, Ontario Heritage Act, municipal Official Plans, Standards and Guidelines for the Conservation of Provincial Heritage Properties; and Ontario Heritage Bridge Guidelines.


The Division works across and with all other ASI business areas. Through our depth of experience, integrated approach, and resource capacity we are able to provide the following above ground heritage services:

Infrastructure and Land Use Planning Services

  • Cultural heritage evaluation reports
  • Statement of Significance writing
  • Streetscape and public realm heritage evaluation and analysis
  • Heritage conservation district studies and plans
  • Heritage Impact Assessments for private and public sector clients
  • Landscape visibility studies
  • Bridge evaluations
  • Landscape and building documentation reports
  • Mitigation strategy development
  • Conservation strategy development

Content Planning and Development

  • Thematic, archival,  and oral historical research
  • Environmental landscape research
  • Interpretative strategy and program development
  • Commemorative content development
  • Geo-coded/GIS-ready  building and cultural heritage landscape inventories

Policy and Program Development

  • Cultural landscape policy development
  • Policy analysis and development for Official Plans, Master Plans, and Secondary Plans
  • Stakeholder consultation program development and implementation
  • Guideline and protocol development for municipalities and public sector agencies