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Registration criteria

The following criteria must be met for a community to register an event in the Doors Open Ontario 2018 program:

  • formation of an organizing committee; the committee should consist of a range of community partners, including (but not limited to) the heritage sector, cultural sector, tourism sector, municipal sector, corporate sector and community volunteers
  • appointment of one lead contact by the local Doors Open organizing committee to co-ordinate, manage and act as liaison between the Ontario Heritage Trust and the participating community/community cluster
  • selection of the single-day or two-day date(s) for your Doors Open event, to be held between April 21, 2018 and October 28, 2018
  • a minimum of 10 sites to be open for public access on the date(s) chosen for your event
  • participating sites must be of historical, architectural, natural or cultural significance
  • admission to each participating site must be free to the public; sites that are normally open should consider opening an additional part of the property or arranging a special event or activity
  • the support of Doors Open Ontario and the Ontario Heritage Trust must be acknowledged in all promotional and publicity materials produced for the local event
  • submission of the Registration form and the $1,695 ($1,500 + HST) registration fee by December 22, 2017

What does your $1,695 registration fee pay for?

Registration fees offset approximately 25 per cent of the costs incurred by the Trust to deliver Doors Open Ontario. These costs include:

  • printing of the Doors Open Ontario brochure and other hardcopy promotional materials (combined volume of approximately 1 million units)
  • provincewide distribution of the brochure through local community newspapers (in 2013, our surveys indicated that 58 per cent of respondents had received a copy of the brochure)
  • production and distribution of other Doors Open Ontario promotional materials
  • event descriptions and site listings on the Doors Open Ontario website
  • promotion of the event through social media campaigns
  • promotion of your event at major public Doors Open Ontario launch event
  • Doors Open Ontario site signs
  • promoting Doors Open Ontario events in advertisements
  • Doors Open Ontario media releases (which result in approximately 900 news articles per year)
  • access to Trust staff and expertise to support the creation of a successful event
  • social media kit to support local outreach/promotions
  • digital advertising campaign to engage an Ontario audience
  • a Doors Open Ontario video to promote the program


Registered participants will receive their user login and password information by the end of the first week of January 2018, after which time they will be able to access the password-protected resources at www.doorsopenontario.on.ca.