The Ontario government is providing the Ontario Heritage Trust (OHT) with $4.3 million to ensure it can carry out its important work during COVID-19. This one-time investment will protect jobs, while ensuring Ontario’s cultural and natural heritage properties remain supported and accessible. The OHT will also continue to offer province-wide programming, ensure compliance with public health protocols and fund necessary preservation efforts.

Details were provided today by Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries, and Beth Hanna, CEO of the Ontario Heritage Trust, as part of celebrations for Ontario Heritage Week.

“Our government is proud to support the Ontario Heritage Trust and its work protecting our province’s heritage,” said Minister MacLeod. “This funding will help keep facilities safe and ensure the preservation of historic landscapes including buildings, museums, cultural artifacts and natural lands and trails for all Ontarians to enjoy.”

This year’s Ontario Heritage Week runs from Feb. 15-21 and will focus on the province’s natural environment and sites the agency works to preserve and protect. Along with local communities, the OHT is hosting a variety of virtual events, including tours of heritage properties as well as online presentations and discussions.

The OHT continues to operate and support the recovery of the culture and heritage sectors in Ontario. For more information on their COVID-19 measures and operations of their public facilities, please visit the OHT’s website.