The Prince of Wales Prize for Municipal Heritage Leadership

Heritage Canada The National Trust believes that historic places are the cornerstones of community, identity and sense of place. The National Awards Program recognizes individuals, organizations, corporations and rehabilitation projects that give new life to Canada’s historic places. HCNT’s awards are presented at a ceremony held in conjunction with our annual conference. Selections are made by independent juries whose members represent, on a broad basis, the regions of Canada, the various disciplines relating to heritage conservation, and the voluntary heritage movement.

“I have always believed that if you want to effect change it is not enough merely to champion an idea, but absolutely vital to make the effort to create tangible examples on the ground that prove this philosophy, and then inspire other communities to do the same.” HRH The Prince of Wales.

In keeping with His Royal Highness’s commitment to architecture, the environment, and inner-city renewal, The Prince of Wales agreed to lend his title to the creation in 1999 of a prize to be awarded annually to the government of a municipality which has demonstrated a strong and sustained commitment to the conservation of its historic places. The local government must have a record of supporting heritage preservation through such means as regulation, policies, funding and exemplary stewardship. The nomination must provide evidence that heritage properties in the given municipality have improved over a period of time.

The award consists of a metal plaque and a scroll, as well as a flag or pennant to be flown outside the winning municipality’s headquarters and/or placed on permanent display. The Prince of Wales Prize logo must be displayed on the homepage of the municipality’s website.

Nominations must be received on or before March 14, 2014.

To make a nomination, please visit

Heritage Canada The National Trust is a partner with Prince’s Charities Canada, a facilitating organization that works with existing Canadian charities already connected to The Prince of Wales to help arrange opportunities for charitable organizations in Canada and the UK to work together.