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Who we are

As the province's heritage agency, the Ontario Heritage Trust is entrusted with keeping Ontario's heritage alive and meaningful. The Trust gives Ontario's heritage relevance. The Trust:

  • promotes the importance of heritage conservation
  • preserves and protects provincially significant built, cultural and natural heritage sites
  • upholds and advocates the highest standards of conservation
  • demonstrates the adaptive reuse of heritage properties and promotes sustainable approaches to conservation
  • advises the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport on the provincial significance and conservation of properties throughout Ontario
  • commemorates important heritage sites, events and people with plaques throughout the province
  • celebrates community heritage
  • maintains a provincial register of all properties and heritage conservation districts designated under the Ontario Heritage Act
  • operates several museums that showcase Trust-owned properties and unique collections
  • encourages young people to get involved in heritage activities
  • raises revenue to support heritage activities
Together with our many dedicated partners across the province, we celebrate and protect Ontario's heritage.

The Trust demonstrates its commitment to engage all Ontarians in the work and promotion of heritage conservation in a number of ways. We do this by: The Trust's important work is supported by:

Minister's mandate letter to the Ontario Heritage Trust, November 2016

Our mandate

Our mandate

The Ontario Heritage Trust – the province's heritage agency – is dedicated to identifying, protecting, renewing and promoting Ontario's rich and diverse built, cultural and natural heritage that has influenced and continues to shape our society for the benefit of present and future generations.