Ontario Heritage Trust
The Ontario Heritage Trust – the province's lead 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.
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Doors Open Ontario – 20th Anniversary and COVID-Recovery Program
This application is for “Doors Open Ontario – 20th Anniversary and COVID-Recovery Program”, a hybrid delivery of the program with a predominantly digital start to the season in the spring, followed by a shift (depending on health regulations) to in-person events in the summer, fall and winter of 2021-22. Entering its twentieth season, Doors Open Ontario is transitioning to a year-round operating model, ensuring that the Trust and its program partners have the capacity and flexibility to deliver both digital programming as well as in-person events. As of March 2021, the following community partners have expressed interest in hosting in-person Doors Open Ontario programming: Aurora, Belleville, Burlington, Brampton, Carleton Place, Clarington, Dutton-Dunwich, Elora & Fergus, Guelph, Innisfil, Kawartha Lakes, Kingston (two events, one each in late spring and early fall), Lincoln, Niagara on the Lake, London, Orillia, Ottawa (limited outdoor experiences only), Quinte West, Simcoe County, Timmins, Whitby, Whitchurch-Stouffville, and Simcoe County. Dates for community events as listed above will be determined at a later time, in consultation with lead organizing partners and dependent on both the timeline of the relaxation of regional public health restrictions. Additionally, the following community partners will be participating predominantly digitally: Barrie, Hamilton, Mississauga, Ottawa, Toronto, Waterloo Region, and Windsor. The Trust has also received interest from individual sites unaffiliated with a community organizing partner to participate in Doors Open Ontario, including several MHSTCI culture agency partners who participated digitally in 2020-21, such as the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Niagara Parks, the Royal Botanical Gardens, and the Royal Ontario Museum.