Working with the archaeological consultants WSP-Golder, the City of Cornwall’s Planning Division is preparing the City’s first Archaeological Management Plan.

The Archaeological Management Plan (CAMP) will establish a management framework to ensure the future identification, evaluation and conservation of the City of Cornwall’s archaeological resources.  An archaeological resource is a physical object or feature that has cultural heritage value or interest, the term may refer to artifacts and archaeological sites. Archaeological sites in Ontario include Indigenous camps and villages, pioneer homes, burial grounds, shipwrecks and other evidence of past human activity.

The AMP needs to be compliant with relevant provincial legislation and comparable to other municipal plans. The outcome of the CAMP will include recommendations for policies, programs and strategies to protect known and potential archaeological resources. The AMP will serve as a planning tool to assist the City with managing known archaeological resources and identify where and when archaeological assessments should be required at the time of a development application.

Project Update: Draft Archaeological Management Plan and Public Open House #2 (May 31, 2023) - Thank you!

The Draft Archaeological Management Plan (May 2023) (CAMP) has been prepared and can be viewed at the link here.

The Draft CAMP includes:

  • An overview of the relevant policy and protocols for managing archaeological resources;
  • Indigenous Engagement Protocol for the City;
  • Historical background and known archaeological evidence;
  • Archaeological site potential model for Cornwall; and
  • An outline for when an archaeological assessment is required.

Thank you to those who participated at the Public Open House held at the Benson Centre on May 31, 2023. The display boards are available to view by clicking here.

The Final CAMP will be presented to the Planning Advisory & Hearing Committee this summer and then will be considered by City Council for endorsement. At project conclusion, the Final CAMP will be published at this project webpage, once available. Virtual training sessions on how to use the CAMP and archaeological potential mapping will follow this Fall 2023.

The official Public Open House Notice can be viewed at the link here.

Questions or comments can be submitted to

Research and Background Report (July 2022)

The first step in the project was the preparation of a Research and Background Report covering:

  • Relevant terrestrial and marine archaeological conditions;
  • Provincial policy and legislation;
  • Municipal practices and policies;
  • Policies and practices for engagement with Indigenous communities;
  • The City of Cornwall’s development planning review processes; and
  • Recommendations to improve the current City of Cornwall development planning review process.

The Final Research and Background Report (July 5, 2022) is available to view at the link here.

Get Involved

The Archaeological Management Plan is an important City initiative, and we encourage you to get involved.

Throughout the project, there will be numerous opportunities to provide your input through in-person and online activities. Check back here for details on upcoming engagement events and to review supporting background documents, as well as the draft and final versions of the new Archaeological Management Plan.

May 2022: Public Open House #1

Thank you to those who participated in our first Public Open House at Cornwall Civic Complex the evening of May 5, 2022 and to those who completed the Public Survey!

The Public Open House Notice can be viewed at the link here.

The presentation boards from the Public Open House are available to view at the link here.

An “As We Heard It” Report (June 6, 2022) has been prepared that presents a summary of the feedback received from the community through the Public Open House and Public Survey, as well as from external agencies and groups, and Indigenous communities. 

Questions or comments can be submitted to

Project Timeline

Winter - Spring 2022

  • Research and Background Paper
  • Public Open House #1 and Online Survey

Summer 2022 - Spring 2023

  • Draft Archaeological Management Plan
  • Public Open House #2
  • Consultation Report

Summer 2023

Fall 2023

  • Virtual Training Sessions

Questions? Comments? Contact Us

If you have questions or would like to submit comments on the Archaeological Management Plan, please send an email to or call 613-930-2787 ext. 2328.

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