Protecting Historical Sites Across Ontario

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Toronto’s Enoch Turner Schoolhouse is a provincially significant heritage site

TORONTO – 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 intriguing landscape of the Cheltenham Badlands. All three pics: Ontario Heritage Trust

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.

• The Ontario Heritage Trust plays an important role in promoting local tourism in Ontario and provided an economic impact of more than $39.1 million in 2019-20 for local communities.

• Doors Open Ontario participants spent more than $11 million in 2019 while learning about heritage conservation and local history.

• Learn more about the virtual events in your community during Heritage Week and all year long by visiting the OHT’s calendar of events.

Beth Hanna, CEO of the Ontario Heritage Trust, said: “The Trust appreciates the confidence of the Minister as demonstrated by this important support. Like so many others, we have experienced challenging losses of revenue from all of our business areas. We have worked hard throughout the year in collaboration with our agency and community partners to continue to engage Ontarians with innovative new programming and to effectively conserve and steward our provincewide portfolio of more than 475 owned and easement properties. This funding provides the stability we need to plan for recovery and strive to rebuild a vibrant and robust culture sector.”

John Ecker, Board Chair of the Ontario Heritage Trust, said: “On behalf of the Board of Directors, I express my gratitude to Minister MacLeod for her support of the work of the Ontario Heritage Trust. This funding helps us continue to serve the people of Ontario and will have a significant impact on our ability to fulfill our mandate in the face of the pandemic. We look forward to working with her and others across the sector as we recover and rebuild.”

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