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ARCHITECTURAL CONSERVANCY ONTARIO encourages the establishment of local branches in as many communities as possible to have ongoing local monitoring to keep heritage emergencies from developing. However, as well as being a local community group, becoming a branch of ACO brings with it the experience and credibility of a province-wide organization.

Each branch has its own Executive and its own accounts to manage local affairs. Branches operate independently, focusing on local issues and programming opportunities, and recruiting and supporting local members.

Branches are responsible for representing their community at ACO Provincial Council meetings, the Annual General Meeting (AGM), and annual conference. Reporting to Council on financial and other activities as well as the payment of dues are the other obligations of an ACO branch.

Typical branch activities include advocacy for threatened heritage properties, owning and restoring heritage property, publishing a local newsletter, organizing Doors Open events, managing revolving funds for heritage restoration projects, creating fundraising events, developing awards programs, leading tours, and holding antique auctions.

Benefits of branch membership
  • Instant establishment in a recognized province-wide organization
  • Access to all ACO activities
  • Access to web facilities, currently being upgraded
  • Availability of group-rate insurance for Executive members, general liability and events
  • Access to VISA and MasterCard accounts
  • Access to the experience of others in the heritage and related fields, with mentoring from other branches
  • Exposure to emerging province-wide trends
  • ACORN for all members

Interested in becoming a branch? Visit our Becoming a Branch page.