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The Ontario Heritage Trust, established in 1967, is the province’s heritage agency, with a statutory responsibility for identifying, preserving, protecting and promoting built, cultural and natural heritage across the province. The responsibilities and powers of the Trust are set out in Part II of the Ontario Heritage Act.

An annual Business Plan is developed and submitted to the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport for approval. The most recent approved plan (2016-17) is posted here.

An audit is conducted annually by the Provincial Auditor’s Office. Annual Reports are posted here, following tabling in the legislature.

The Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, Management Board Secretariat guidelines and government procurement directives govern how the Board and the agency operate.

The Trust is a corporation without share capital. The members of the Board of Directors are appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council.