Cultural Heritage

ASI was founded in response to increasing public awareness of the importance of Ontario’s heritage resources. We began our operations with a focus on providing archaeological consulting services, but quickly began to apply a more holistic and comprehensive approach to cultural heritage management. Our leadership team formally expanded our range of services to include heritage planning services with the development of a dedicated Cultural Heritage Division in the late 1990s.

With over 20 years experience, ASI’s Cultural Heritage Division offers a specialized and integrated approach to the delivery of cultural heritage policy development, and the management of built heritage resources and cultural heritage landscapes. Our work is wide-ranging and reflects the unique expertise of our staff in both urban and rural contexts. Our dedicated and multidisciplinary team brings together historians, policy advisors, cultural landscape theorists, anthropologists, environmental planners, and cultural heritage specialists who together employ a cooperative approach to provide above ground heritage services. Many have previously worked in municipal or provincial environments and at other consultancies and, as such, understand the diversity of client needs.

Our team 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

Infrastructure and Land Use Planning Services

  • 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
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