Archaeological Management in Ontario: Legislation and Development Planning

Author(s): David Robertson; Ronald Williamson

Year: 2014


The legislative requirements for archaeology related to public and private development in Ontario must be counted among the most comprehensive in North America. How decisions related to archaeological resources are made at the municipal level, where the role of development approval resides, is not necessarily uniform across the province, but many of the areas experiencing the greatest development pressures seek to ensure that planning decisions are informed by detailed archaeological management plans. These plans consider the known and potential archaeological resource base, and when and by what means sites are identified, evaluated and mitigated. Some of the more recent of these plans more explicitly recognize the role of descendant communities and other local interest groups in these archaeological resources in decision-making and the importance of public interpretation and commemoration of these sites. This paper will explore a variety of issues related to these emerging trends.

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Archaeological Management in Ontario: Legislation and Development Planning. David Robertson, Ronald Williamson. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. 2014 ( tDAR id: 436660)

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PaperId(s): SYM-10,02