Oak Bay Heritage is the umbrella for the Commission and Foundation.

Volunteer Opportunities

The Oak Bay Heritage Foundation is accepting applications for Director positions. 


About the Oak Bay Heritage Foundation

  • The Oak Bay Heritage Foundation is incorporated as a non-profit society under the BC Societies Act and is governed by the Foundation’s Constitution and Bylaws.
  • In accordance with the Foundation’s Bylaws, Directors are to be appointed by the Oak Bay Municipal Council.
  • The term of appointment is three (3) years.
  • If you have any questions about the Heritage Foundation, please contact: oakbayheritagefdn@gmail.com

Important Notes About Heritage Foundation Meetings

  • The Heritage Foundation generally meets monthly on the second Tuesday of the month at 4pm. In-person meetings are held at the Dogwood Room at the Monterey Centre, or via Zoom. You are welcome to attend these meetings as a guest
  • The anticipated volunteer commitment is approximately 3-8 hours per month to prepare for and attend weekday meetings, including:
    • the monthly Foundation meeting
    • Foundation committee meetings
    • events such as heritage lectures, the heritage booth at the Night Markets, and other community activities 
  • The positions of Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary and Treasurer require more time involvement of 10-15 hours per month.

Heritage Commission

The Heritage Commission combines the former Heritage Committee and Heritage Advisory Panel into one entity. The Commission is mandated to promote public awareness of heritage conservation, including the architectural and cultural history of Oak Bay, providing research and inventories of real property of heritage significance, making recommendations to Council on the content of a heritage registry.

More information about the Heritage Commission


Heritage Foundation

The Oak Bay Heritage Foundation was established in 1992, and is separately incorporated under the Society Act. One of its purposes is to provide cost-sharing grants to owners of designated and registered properties to assist with preservation, maintenance or restoration. The Foundation also promotes education and awareness of heritage in Oak Bay; this is done through the annual fall lecture series and other events or workshops that may be sponsored throughout the year.

In addition, the Foundation provides fine bronze Century House plaques at reasonable cost to ownders of Oak Bay 'century' homes, one hundred or more years old.

Volunteers to work on sub-committees are always welcome.

More information on Heritage Restoration Grants

Order Century House Plaque


Contact Us

For information regarding Heritage Designation, Heritage Register, Heritage Restoration Grants:

Oak Bay Heritage Commission
Email: oakbayheritage@oakbay.ca

For information on Heritage in Oak Bay, please refer to the following pages:

For information regarding house histories, historical information and research, maps and photo orders visit Oak Bay Archives.

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