Conservation Programs - Canada

British Columbia

Quesnel, British Columbia
Established: 2009
Degree Granted: Certificate in Heritage Building Conservation
Areas of Emphasis: Heritage building conservation focused on wood structures; transferring knowledge & skills to the building trades and continuing education. 
Current Activity Areas: Theory & hands-on; establishing the fundamental knowledge, skills & attitudes to perform interventions & maintenance; recording and condition surveys; implementing capital and maintenance plans.
Victoria, British Columbia
Established: 1983
Degree(s) Granted: Diploma in Cultural Resource Management
Areas of Emphasis: heritage conservation, museums studies and cultural management knowledge and skills to emerging and mid-career professionals across Canada
Current Activity Areas: heritage conservation planning; heritage area conservation and revitalization; cultural landscapes


Athabasca, Alberta
Heritage Resources Management Program
Degree(s) Granted: Undergraduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma in Heritage Resources Management
Established: 2006
Areas of Emphasis: Conservation theory and practice, including; research, documentation, design, project management, interpretation and collections
Current Activity Areas: Canadian museum and heritage history, community heritage programming, cultural heritage landscapes, tax incentives for heritage conservation.


Perth, Ontario
Degree(s) Granted: Diploma in Heritage Carpentry and Joinery; Diploma in Heritage and Traditional Masonry;
Established: Carpentry, 1989; Masonry, 1991
Areas of Emphasis: Focuses on hands-on technical training in construction,, replication and restoration techniques; history of Canadian architecture; principles of conservation; adapting buildings to meet current energy efficiency guidelines.
Current Activity Areas: Timber frame construction projects for local municipalities; masonry restoration field work at the Prince of Wales Fort and at heritage buildings in Eastern Ontario.
Ottawa, Ontario
Degree(s) Granted: MA, PhD (the latter jointly with Trent University)
Established: 1989
Areas of Emphasis: interdisciplinary approaches to conservation theory and practice, policy and legislation, documentation and research, strategies and approaches.
Contexts: tangible cultural and natural heritage, buildings, historic cities and towns, archaeological sites, cultural landscapes, objects and collections, and the intangible, national and international arenas.
Current Activity Areas: Cultural Heritage Impact Statements, Ontario Municipal Board, Heritage Conservation Districts in Ontario, cultural landscape management, establishing significance.
Additional Courses: undergraduate courses in heritage conservation.
Joint program with Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism
Ottawa, Ontario
Established: 2011
Degree(s) Granted: BEng in Architectural Conservation and Sustainability
Areas of Emphasis: Two streams offered – Structural Stream and Environmental Stream, both completing a specialized design project in the final year of study.
Current Research Areas: conservation and sustainability of new structures, assessment and retrofit of existing structures, sustainable building practices, water quality and conservation, life cycle analysis, disposal of materials and waste streams, green building design and rehabilitation of heritage building. Additional courses: Co-op terms available.
Established: 2011
Degree(s) Granted: Diploma in Architecture Conservation (must be in or graduated from a M Arch program)


Toronto, Ontario
Degree(s) Granted: Ontario College Diploma (2 years/4 semesters)
Areas of Emphasis:  The program provides students with an interdisciplinary learning approach by integrating the challenges facing culture and heritage sector managers with the operative requisites commanded by the tourism industry. This convergent methodology mirrors the convergence of culture, heritage and tourism.
Toronto, Ontario
Degree(s) Granted: Ontario College Graduate Certificate (one year post graduate program)
Areas of Emphasis:  Learners will be engaged in practical management courses as well as industry-based subjects relevant to this largely publicly-run or not-for-profit culture and heritage sector pursuing an in-depth exploration of issues and cases pertinent to current challenges confronting cultural and heritage organizations at home and abroad. Partnerships with local, regional, provincial and national institutions and establishments will facilitate in-session learner field placement during the second semester.
Toronto, Ontario
Degree(s) Granted: Undergraduate Certificate in Architecture Preservation and Conservation
Areas of Emphasis: heritage policies, preservation technologies and documentation for emerging and mid-career professionals
Current Activity Areas: urban interventions in historical cities; assessment of heritage buildings.
Queenston, Ontario
Established: 2005
Degree(s) Granted: Diploma in Heritage Conservation; Certificate in Documentation of Historic Places; Certificate, Field School Canova Italy
Areas of Emphasis: Conservation theory and practice, including; research and documentation, design and project management and craft skills;
Current Research Areas: contemporary application to restoration arts, regional, national and international approaches to conservation, cultural landscape theory, aboriginal approaches to archaeology.


Montréal, Québec
Degree(s) Granted: MA in Applied Science, Planning (Environmental design), Conservation of the Built Environment ; PhD Planning
Areas of Emphasis: Conservation theory; management and policy; research and documentation;
Current Activity Areas: heritage evaluation, world heritage issues; history of conservation in Canada
Québec City, Québec
Established: 1960 (School of Architecture)
Degree(s) Granted: M. Arch, specialization in Built Heritage and Historic Preservation
Areas of Emphasis: documentation and research; interpretation of built heritage and cultural landscapes, both ordinary and extraordinary; conservation history, theory and practice; design intervention strategies on existing buildings; policy and legislation; restoration methods.
Current Research Areas: built heritage and cultural landscapes in Canada; community participation in historic preservation, interpretation and design intervention; urban, rural, religious, and First Nation’s built environments.
Additional Courses: Summer Field School in Built Heritage and Cultural Landscapes; undergraduate design studio in adaptive reuse and interpretation of built heritage; courses in Restoration Technology, Architecture, and Heritage.
Montréal, Québec
Degree(s) granted: MA Urban Studies, PhD Urban Studies
Areas of emphasis: building analysis, urban heritage, heritage narratives, heritage conservation theory.
Current research areas: religious built heritage; world heritage; history and theory of conservation; Québécois heritage narratives; heritage evaluation; heritage and citizenship.
Montréal, Québec
Degree(s) granted: Diploma in Modern Architecture and Heritage
Areas of emphasis: modern building and construction history; theories on modern building conservation; methodology in heritage studies; conservation techniques.
Current research areas: Inventory of modern heritage buildings and sites in Québec (with DOCOMOMO), heritage planning with modern heritage buildings and sites.
Additional courses: Summer Field School School on modern Heritage Sites: France (summer 2009) and Mexico (summer 2010)

Prince Edward Island

Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
Degree(s) Granted: Certificate, Heritage Retrofit Carpentry
Areas of Emphasis: Historically significant structures and methods of building preservation, renovation and restoration. Construction techniques used during the last 200 years, advances in building science. Students get hands-on skill development in a purpose-built and acquire skills using the best traditional woodworking techniques and modern equipment.
Current Activity Areas: Program deals with Standards and Guidelines as it pertains to a carpenter, trim production, reproduction and installation, stair production, and energy efficient building and retrofitting.

Nova Scotia

Lunenburg, Nova Scotia
Degree(s) Granted: Diploma in Heritage Carpentry – Two-year program
Areas of Emphasis: Carpentry craftsmanship in the areas of rehabilitation, restoration and preservation of historic buildings.
Current Activity Areas: heritage conservation theory, practice and applied research; hands on heritage carpentry craftsmanship; project documentation.