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The Township of Scugog has a rich heritage. Our community recognizes efforts to protect and promote our heritage through an awards program, our Heritage Conservation District (HCD) and a heritage plaque program. 

The Scugog Heritage Advisory Committee handles Scugog's heritage-related matters, including decisions about our Heritage Register

Heritage Register

Section 27 of the Ontario Heritage Act states that the municipal clerk shall keep a register of properties that are of cultural heritage value in the municipality. These local, publicly accessible registers contain information about all properties designated under sections 29 or 41 of the act. They may also include a list of properties that have not been designated but that the municipality has indicated has cultural heritage value. They are often referred to as “listed properties.”

For more information and to see Scugog's current list of properties please visit Scugog Heritage Register page.

Heritage Conservation District Grant Program

All property owners in the Downtown Port Perry Heritage Conservation District are now eligible to apply for a Heritage Conservation District Grant. This program has been approved by Council in the amount of $30,000. This Program is designed to encourage the restoration and improvement of building facades in the Heritage Conservation District.  Landowners of either contributing and/or non-contributing buildings in the District are eligible to apply. 

The assistance is in the form of a 50/50 matching grant, paid upon completion of the previously approved work. Approved applicants who undertake at least $500 in improvements are eligible for a grant of up to 50% of the costs with a maximum limit of $10,000 per property for eligible work.  Buildings identified as heritage structures would be eligible for an additional $5,000 in matching grant assistance. 

To be eligible for a Heritage Grant for consideration in 2024, draft applications including scope of the work must be received prior to Council Meeting date (*).  Landowners are required to contact Christy Harrison at to submit the draft proposal and to obtain comments/input from the Township’s Heritage Advisory Committee. Please note all applications will be reviewed on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The Heritage committee will review the proposal(s) and provide applicants with comments/input shortly thereafter. Secondly, an official application will be provided to the applicant to complete and must include two (2) contractor quotes and professional drawings. The Committee will review the final applications and recommendations will be forwarded to Council for their review and consideration. Applicants will be contacted regarding the status of their application Friday following Council Meeting and councils' approvals. 

For more information and to apply contact  
2024 official Heritage Grant Program Guidelines 
Heritage Grant Application and Checklist

Heritage Plaque Program

The Township of Scugog has two Heritage Plaque Programs to promote heritage buildings and sites. these programs are a great way for the community and visitors to appreciate our history and cultural heritage.

Contact the Heritage Committee Coordinator for more information on how to apply for a Heritage Plaque for your property by phone at 905-985-7346 ext. 115 or by email at 

The Heritage Plaque Program was created to partner with citizens of the Township of Scugog and to share in their pride of ownership of a historic home or commercial building. If you are the proud owner of a historic home or commercial building in the Township of Scugog please consider applying for your Heritage Scugog Plaque today. 

The Heritage Conservation District Plaque Program promotes cultural heritage in Scugog's downtown core. The Heritage Advisory Committee is pleased to have promoted Port Perry's cultural heritage within the downtown core by introducing a new Heritage Plaque Program to inform visitors and locals about the history of the commercial buildings of Queen Street.  

Heritage Awards

The Heritage Scugog Awards recognizes the hard work done by individuals and groups to preserve and promote our community's heritage. 

There are six different awards to be presented to individuals and groups who help preserve, protect and promote Scugog's heritage.

This award recognizes excellence in the preservation or adaptive reuse of a building 40 years or older. 

This award recognizes an individual or group that has worked to preserve and promote Scugog's agricultural heritage. 

This award recognizes a sensitive addition to a heritage building or modern infill building that is complementary to the heritage character of a specific area. 

Awarded to those who have made a career-long, cumulative impact and contribution to the practice and understanding of heritage within our Community. 

Awarded to a volunteer-based organization that promotes or protects heritage in the Township of Scugog.

This award goes to non-fiction work about Scugog's archeological, built, cultural and/or natural heritage. Projects such as films, websites, maps and exhibits are eligible. 

This award goes to non-fiction work about Scugog's archeological, built, cultural and/or natural heritage. 

Scugog Shores Museum Village & Archives

Interested in learning more about Scugog's heritage? Plan a visit to the Scugog Shores Museum Village & Archives.

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