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 Heritage Information

Heritage Merit Awards and Heritage Appreciation Awards

Each February, the Town of Midland participates in the Ontario Heritage Trust's province-wide celebration of our past, known as Heritage Week. The Town of Midland uses this week as a vehicle to stimulate awareness of heritage resources and heritage-related issues within the Community. It is during this week that the Town of Midland presents the Heritage Merit Awards and Heritage Appreciation Awards.

​Heritage Merit and Appreciation Awards Fact ​Sheet​

List of Heritage Appreciation Award Winners for Individuals and Groups​

List of Heritage Merit Award Winners for Properties​​​

Heritage Tax Relief Program

Council of the Corporation of the Town of Midland approved the Heritage Tax Relief Program through passage of By-law 2014-50 at their Regular Meeting on August 25, 2014.  This By-law came into effect on January 1, 2015. Following suit with Midland's program, Council of the Corporation of the County of Simcoe also adopted a Heritage Tax Refund Program on August 11, 2015.

The Town is very excited to implement this Program as we recognize the important role that Heritage buildings play in the character and identify of our Town.  We further recognize that normal maintenance and restoration of Heritage buildings requires more intensive care and custom work at a somewhat higher cost than that of newer buildings.  Please visit the following links for more information on the Heritage Tax Relief Program:​

Heritage Property Tax Relief Program - Information Sheets

Heritage Alteration Permit

Application for Heritage Tax Relief

Christmas Home Tour

The Christmas Home Tour is an annual event organized by the Midland Heritage Committee in December in order to showcase Midland's beautiful heritage homes and to raise money for other heritage projects. The proceeds from the Christmas Home Tour help the Midland Heritage Committee to promote and preserve the Town's rich and unique heritage.

Check out the Ch​ristmas Home Tour web page for updates!

Please check back for more information regarding our 10th Annual Christmas Home Tour.

Doors Open Simcoe County

Doors Open is an annual event to celebrate heritage by providing people the opportunity to tour heritage buildings for free! Check back for more information about Midland's future participation.

For more information about Doors Open, check out the Doors Open Ontario website at www.doorsopenontario.on.ca/ ​

You can also check out the Doors Open Simcoe County web page at https://www.doorsopenontario.on.ca/en/simcoe-county

Heritage Inventory and Register

The Town of Midland Heritage Inventory and Register has been prepared by Planning and Building Services under the direction and with the assistance of the Heritage Committee. The Heritage Inventory and Register includes those buildings and structures on the Walking Tour list, Captain's Houses list, and a number of other buildings and structures identified by current and past staff and Committees.

Under Section 27(1) of the Ontario Heritage Act (OHA), the Clerk of the Town is required to keep a register of properties of cultural heritage value or interest within the Town. The register must include all properties that are designated under the OHA either locally or provincially and the register must include a legal description of the lands, name and address of current owner, a statement of the cultural heritage value or interest of the property, and a description of the heritage attributes of the property. The OHA also permits property/buildings that are not formally designated to be 'listed' on the Heritage Register where the municipality believes that there is a cultural heritage value or interest in the property/building.

The Heritage Inventory and Register is an important and significant part of the Town's overall heritage resource program. The Inventory and Register meets the Town's obligations and requirements under the Ontario Heritage Act and also establishes an important tool in the identification, promotion and protection of these significant heritage properties and buildings.

The Heritage Inventory and Register should be considered a living document that will continue to be added to and improved upon over time as additional historical information is found and incorporated regarding the existing designated and listed properties and as new buildings and resources are considered by the Committee for listing and designation.

Download the Heritage Inventory & Register​​ updated November 2020

Walking Tours and Brochures

Various brochures have been developed over the years to promote our local heritage:

Historic Downtown Midland Walking Tour

Midland's Marine Heritage: Captain's Homes Walking Tour

Century Home Plaque Program

​The Midland Heritage Committee is pleased to introduce the ​Midland Century Home Plaque Program!

The program is intended to recognize homes in Midland that are more than a century old and which add to the unique character of the built heritage of the Town.

Check out the Century Home Plaque Program w​eb page​​ for more information about the program, including application forms and FAQs!

​​Designated Heritage Properties

Under Section 29 in Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act (OHA), municipalities may pass by-laws to formally designate properties of cultural heritage value or interest.  Formal designation allows the municipality to acknowledge a property's heritage value and its significance to the identity of the community.  Formally designating a property under the OHA also helps to ensure the conservation of the identified heritage elements for the benefit of present and future generations.  Below is a list of the designated properties in the Town of Midland.

 Designated Properties

310 Fifth Street

310 Fifth Street 

310 Fifth Street is believed to have been built between 1905 and 1914.  The residence is a representative example of Edwardian Classicism, and more specifically the Foursquare style.  Fifth Street is well-regarded in the Town as having a distinctive historic character due to the large number of Edwardian homes set on well-kept properties with mature trees. 310 Fifth Street is an excellent example of the Foursquare design within the Edwardian architectural period, and it has been maintained to a very high standard with limited exterior alterations. 310 Fifth Street was designated a heritage building in 2016.

Final Signed By-law 2016-84 Passed Nov 28 2016 - 310 Fifth Street

Hillside Holme (251 Queen Street)

Hillside Holme (251 Queen Street)

This home was is believed to have been built in 1875 and was the home of Thomas Chew, a prominent industrial leader in the Town of Midland.  It was designated as a heritage building in 2013.

Designation By-law 2013-65 (251 Queen Street Hillside Holme)

Midland Public Library (320 King Street)

Midland Public Library (320 King Street)

This building was built in 1914 to serve as the town post office.  It was converted to the Midland Public Library in 1976, and was designated as a Heritage Building in 1981.

Designation By-law 2010-17 (Midland Public Library)

Heritage Animal Hospital (687 King Street)

Heritage Animal Hospital (687 King Street)

This building was built for use as a home in 1900, constructed of board and batten, clap board, and horizontal finished log.  It is now used as an animal hospital and was designated as a Heritage Building in 1992.

Designation By-law 2010-18 (Heritage Animal Hospital) 

Letherby House (422 King Street)

Letherby House (422 King Street)

The Letherby Home is strongly linked to Midland's lumber mill era as being one of four adjacent homes belonging to some of Midland's foremost lumber barons.  The property was purchased by Edwin Letherby in 1903 and was sold upon his death in 1953.  Mr. Letherby was a prominent lumberman including being president of both the Letherby-Terry-Nicholson Lumber Company and the Letherby and Sons Lumber Mill.  Mr. Letherby was also Mayor of Midland from 1908-1909 and 1916-1917, served several terms as a Town Councillor and was a lifelong supporter of the YMCA and St. Andrew's Hospital.  The property was designated as a Heritage Building in 2014.

Designation By-law 2014-60 (Letherby Home)

William Wilson Cemetery (17007 Highway 12)

William Wilson Cemetery (17007 Highway 12)

This property is the site of a rural "pioneer" cemetery, in which many of the area's earliest settlers are buried.  Burials ended in 1907 and only one headstone remains visible in this location.  The property was designated as a Heritage Site in 2009.

Designation by-law 2009-85 (William Wilson Cemetery)

Drummond Wall (353 Fuller Avenue)

Drummond Wall (353 Fuller Avenue)

This wall is all that remains from "Drummond House", also known as the Georgian Lodge, which was built in the 1890's.  The building was destroyed by a fire in 1980 and the wall was designated as a Heritage Structure in 2010.

Designation By-law 2010-95 (Drummond Estate Wall)

St. Margaret's Catholic Church (589 Hugel Avenue)

St. Margaret's Catholic Church (589 Hugel Avenue)The construction of St. Margaret's Catholic Church was completed in 1883, solidifying Midland as its own parish. By 1912, the original church had become too small and the decision to construct a new building on the property was made. The new, larger building was completed and dedicated by Archbishop Neil McNeil in 1914. In 1922, the congregation received eight bells, all of which had been cast in France. Each bell was engraved with the names of, and were dedicated to, all of the local men killed during World War I. The church was designated as a Heritage Landmark on March 23, 2015.

Designation By-law 2015-16 (St. Margaret's Catholic Church)

William Wilson Pioneer Cemetery Project

This project includes both an investigation into the physical restoration of the site and the framework for a management plan for future maintenance of the site, along with a Promotion Plan to increase awareness of one of Huronia's first European cemeteries and its ties to the area's military history.

M​ore information about the restoration of the William Wilson Pioneer Cemetery Project​.

 Planning & Building Links

Community Improvement Plans

The Town of Midland has a Community Improvement Project Area and a Community Improvement Plan for the Downtown pursuant to Section 28 of the Planning Act.  The formal process of formulating the Plan commenced in 2003 with the approval of the Town of Midland Official Plan, advanced significantly with the completion and adoption by Council of the Downtown Master Plan and Community Improvement Plan in 2015, and has culminated in 2016 with the adoption of this Plan by Council by By-law 2016-56 on August 22, 2016.

The Community Improvement Plan (CIP) includes a set of goals and objectives that are consistent with the Downtown Master Plan and Community Improvement Plan and a set of revitalization initiatives in accordance with Section 28 of the Planning Act.

The Downtown Community Improvement Plan applies to the lands within the Community Improvement Project Area as described in the Plan and By-law 2016-56.  The Project Area corresponds with the limits of the Downtown District as described in the Town of Midland Official Plan and as described in the Downtown Master Plan and Community Improvement Plan.

Two incentive programs for property owners in the Downtown already exist. One is the Town policy to waive Development Charges on new commercial and residential developments in Downtown.  The second is the Façade Program administered and funded by the BIA, which offers grants to cover 50% of the cost of exterior façade improvements, such as repainting, restoration, window and sign replacements, up to a maximum grant of $3,000.  Both of these programs will be continued. 

Revitalization efforts will be focused on encouraging the development and redevelopment of privately held lands in the Downtown.  This Plan will implement a comprehensive package of the following three component programs to stimulate investment in buildings that require improvements to meet current building code requirements, or require improvement in their façade or business entrance for appearance or accessibility requirements.

This CIP provides three (3) programs to offset the costs of site improvements and development in the Downtown:

1.  Façade Improvement Grant Program
2.  Building Renovation Grant Program
3. Application Fees Grant Program

Notice of Adoption CIP Aug 25

Bylaw 2016-56 - Community Improvement Plan

Community Improvement Plan - Fillable Application  (*External Link to Midland BIA site and Facade Improvement Program HERE)​


The Town has the capability to print in colour and copy in black and white large format plans and mapping products. The cost for prints is based on the number of pages, page size and colour use. Site-specific area maps may also be created upon request at an additional cost. 

The Town has the a variety of large-sized maps available for purchase including: Official Plan Maps, Zoning Map, Street Name Map, Historical Town Boundary Map identifying amalgamations, Assessment Maps, Ward and Poll Maps, Municipal Park Location Map and more. Several letter-sized maps, such as Tourist Information and Recreational Trail Maps, are available at the NSSRC, VIC and Town Hall for free.

The County of Simcoe may also be contacted to obtain the Town's 911 maps. Or visit https://www.simcoe.ca/dpt/it/gis for interactive maps and aerial photos.

The Municipality does not provide digital copies of maps with the exception of those that are available on this website.​

Please contact Zachary Fleras at zfleras@midland.ca or call (705) 526-4275 ext. 2242 for more information

Municipal Record Search

If you require information on a property in Town regarding information related to the Planning, Building and Fire Departments, you will be required to submit a Municipal Record Search Form. Typically, these forms are requested by solicitors performing a property transfer or placing a mortgage. Please fill out the top portion of the form as complete as possible and return it along with the accompanying fee(s) to the Planning Department. If a survey is included ensure that it is to scale.

The Municipal Record Search Fee is $60.03 with a response provided within five to seven days, upon receipt of the form and fee. If a survey is resubmitted after being returned with comments that it is not to scale or illegible, or if a survey is submitted after the Municipal Record Search Form, a fee of $25.00 will be charged.

Other municipal search options that are available include:

Subdivision Clearance Form and Site Plan Clearance a fee of $50.00 each, and Septic Search, a fee of $25.00.

Planning Applications

The Planning and Building Services Department is responsible for the processing and management of all development applications, including but not limited to Official Plan Amendments, Zoning By-law Amendments, Site Plan Control Approval, Plans of Subdivision, Plans of Condominium, Provisional Consent and Minor Variances. A complete listing of application fees is set out in the Composite Fees by-l​a​w ​N​o.​ 2​022-15​​​​​​.​

On June 24, 2013, Council passed Official Plan Amendment 3 which establishes a mandatory Consultation Meeting with Town Staff for applications for a Plan of Subdivision, Plan of Condominium, Official Plan Amendment, Zoning By-law ​​Amendment, Provisional Consent and/or Site Plan Approval.  Applicants are also encouraged to consult with the Town for all other applications. For those applications with a mandatory Consultation Meeting, a completed Pre-Consult​ation Form​ will be required as part of a complete application.  This form should be downloaded, and the relevant sections filled out, prior to the Consultation Meeting. Individuals requiring a Pre-Consultation Form are to contact the Manager of Planning Services by email at sfarquharson@midland.ca.   

Application Forms:

​Minor Variance​Application Form

Official Plan Amendment

Application Form

​​Plan of Subdivision-Condo

Application Form

​​Provisional Consent

Application Form

Sign Variance/Sign By-law Amendment

Application Form​​

Site Plan Approval

Application Form

Source Protection Plan Pre-Application Screening

Source Protection Plan Pre-Application Scre​​ening Form

​​Zoning By-law Amendment

Application Form

Notice Signs

On January 28, 2013, the Town of Midland resolved to require applicants to install approved Notice Signs for the following applications: Official Plan Amendment, Zoning By-law Amendment, Draft Plan of Subdivision and Draft Plan of Condominium. Please click here for the Notice Signs: Procedures and Protocols.​

Sign By-law

Site Plan Control By-law