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Public open house #2

In-person and online public open house for the Ontario Reformatory Heritage Conservation District Study

You are invited to join us at a public open house to hear how the study has been developed and provide your feedback on the draft proposed boundary of the Ontario Reformatory HCD area. Drop in anytime during the open house. A brief presentation will be provided at 7 p.m. You can provide your feedback in person or online. View our open house presentation and provide comments below by Oct 13.

In-person open house:

Date and time: Thursday, September 29, 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Where: Royal Canadian Legion Branch #234 57 Watson Parkway South, Guelph, ON N1L 0H8

Register here

The open house presentation and ways to provide feedback will be available from Sept 29 – Oct 13. If you prefer to participate online please review these materials then and submit your comments by Oct 13.

Project Overview

The City of Guelph is developing a Heritage Conservation District (HCD) Study and Plan for the Ontario Reformatory area.

The Ontario Reformatory opened in 1911 and served as a correctional facility for the first half of the 20th century. From 1970 through to its decommissioning in 2001, parts of the Reformatory site were repurposed and operated as the provincially run Guelph Correctional Centre. In 2016, Infrastructure Ontario indicated its intention to sell the property and completed the required environmental remediation at that time. The lands are now used by the public for passive recreation and environmental education.

The Ontario Reformatory lands, also known as the Guelph Correctional Centre, are at 785 York Road in Guelph’s east end, south of York Road and west of Watson Parkway South.

This project is divided into two phases. Each will include a mix of technical and engagement tasks:

Phase 1: Heritage Conservation District Study

We will assess the historical, design, and contextual value of the study area; identify contributing and non-contributing properties and resources; review the existing policy framework in the area, and define boundaries for the cultural heritage landscape. Phase 1 also includes community engagement to help the project team further understand the community’s experience of the area and to inform the proposed HCD boundaries.

Phase 2: Heritage Conservation District Plan

Based on the outcomes of Phase 1 and the Council’s approval, we will build on the recommendations of the study. The plan will provide guidelines for managing change in ways that highlight the distinctive character of the area.

Public Open House #1

The first Open House for the Reformatory District was held virtually using the Zoom webinar platform on June 8th from 6:30 - 8:00 pm. If you were not able to attend, you can view the recording of the session in the video widget on the right-hand side of the page. A transcript of the session is available here.

Public open house #2

In-person and online public open house for the Ontario Reformatory Heritage Conservation District Study

You are invited to join us at a public open house to hear how the study has been developed and provide your feedback on the draft proposed boundary of the Ontario Reformatory HCD area. Drop in anytime during the open house. A brief presentation will be provided at 7 p.m. You can provide your feedback in person or online. View our open house presentation and provide comments below by Oct 13.

In-person open house:

Date and time: Thursday, September 29, 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Where: Royal Canadian Legion Branch #234 57 Watson Parkway South, Guelph, ON N1L 0H8

Register here

The open house presentation and ways to provide feedback will be available from Sept 29 – Oct 13. If you prefer to participate online please review these materials then and submit your comments by Oct 13.

Project Overview

The City of Guelph is developing a Heritage Conservation District (HCD) Study and Plan for the Ontario Reformatory area.

The Ontario Reformatory opened in 1911 and served as a correctional facility for the first half of the 20th century. From 1970 through to its decommissioning in 2001, parts of the Reformatory site were repurposed and operated as the provincially run Guelph Correctional Centre. In 2016, Infrastructure Ontario indicated its intention to sell the property and completed the required environmental remediation at that time. The lands are now used by the public for passive recreation and environmental education.

The Ontario Reformatory lands, also known as the Guelph Correctional Centre, are at 785 York Road in Guelph’s east end, south of York Road and west of Watson Parkway South.

This project is divided into two phases. Each will include a mix of technical and engagement tasks:

Phase 1: Heritage Conservation District Study

We will assess the historical, design, and contextual value of the study area; identify contributing and non-contributing properties and resources; review the existing policy framework in the area, and define boundaries for the cultural heritage landscape. Phase 1 also includes community engagement to help the project team further understand the community’s experience of the area and to inform the proposed HCD boundaries.

Phase 2: Heritage Conservation District Plan

Based on the outcomes of Phase 1 and the Council’s approval, we will build on the recommendations of the study. The plan will provide guidelines for managing change in ways that highlight the distinctive character of the area.

Public Open House #1

The first Open House for the Reformatory District was held virtually using the Zoom webinar platform on June 8th from 6:30 - 8:00 pm. If you were not able to attend, you can view the recording of the session in the video widget on the right-hand side of the page. A transcript of the session is available here.

Tell us about your connection to the Reformatory Lands

The history of the Reformatory Lands is complicated. From its beginnings as a space where imprisoned individuals could learn new skills to a place where a more traditional form of incarceration was practiced to its present where it supports recreation, education and access to nature, these lands are filled with stories. As part of this project, we want to gain a stronger understanding of the stories associated with the Reformatory Lands - both the good and the bad. If you have a connection to these lands, we invite you to share it here. Anonymous responses are welcome, and if you would like to share your story privately, please contact a member of the project team to share your story via email or set up a phone call where you can share your story with one of our staff members in confidence. These stories are integral to the historical significance of these lands, and will form a significant part of our HCD Study. 

Thank you for sharing your story with us. We look forward to including it in our Heritage Conservation District Study.

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Page published: 04 Oct 2022, 12:56 PM