Created in 2009, the Jean-Paul-L’Allier Prize for Heritage is named in honour of Mr. Jean-Paul-L’Allier, former Mayor of Québec City and founder of the Organization of World Heritage Cities (OWHC). The Prize aims at highlighting projects, programs, or policies implemented within member cities for the conservation, enhancement or good management of their historic living urban ensemble.

With this prize, the OWHC seeks to:
• Affirm the World Heritage cities’ capacity for resilience;
• Showcase their community’s engagement;
• Highlight the concrete outcomes on local communities;
• Recognize learning experiences upon which the international community might draw for the enhancement of the quality of life in heritage cities.

Member cities in good standing of the OWHC, are invited to submit a project or achievement that has been implemented within their urban area during the last five (5) years by their municipal administration or an organization supported, directed, or influenced by the municipality.

The projects submitted by the participating cities will be evaluated by a jury composed by key political actors of the Organization’s member cities.


The mayor (or his/her official elected representative) of the 2024 edition winning city of the Jean-Paul-L’Allier Prize for Heritage will be guest of honour at the 17th OWHC World Congress (24-27 September 2024, Cordoba, Spain), entitled to transportation, lodging, and meal expenses, as well as the registration fees to the Congress covered by the Organization. A certificate will be awarded to the mayor (or to his/her elected representative) during a dedicated ceremony.

Furthermore, the winning city will receive up to 3000 CAD $ as a financial support from the OWHC for the design and installation of an honorary plaque to mark the receipt of the Jean-Paul-L’Allier Prize for Heritage, as well as benefit from worldwide promotion on the OWHC network, website, and social media.


22 January 2024: Opening of the call for candidacies
22 March 2024: Deadline for cities to submit their preliminary application (early birds)
Note: Cities that submit a preliminary application will receive feedback from the OWHC General Secretariat and may make corrections to their final application. This step is optional.
19 April 2024: Deadline for cities to submit their final application
24 June 2024: Announcement of the candidate cities and presentation of their projects
September 2024 (OWHC 17th World Congress): Announcement of the winning city of the Grand Prize

For more information, please visit the website of the Organisation of World Heritage Cities.