Our vision - Ontario Heritage Trust


Our vision

An Ontario where we conserve, value and share the places and landscapes, histories, traditions and stories that embody our heritage, now and for future generations.

Our mission

  • Demonstrate excellence in the conservation and stewardship of places and landscapes, objects, traditions and stories
  • Expand the narrative, spark new conversations, give voice to the diversity of Ontario’s people and places
  • Share knowledge and expertise, and foster an understanding of our histories and heritage in everyday life
  • Build mutually rewarding relationships with new and current partners

Our values

  • Integrated approach to conservation
  • Respect and inclusion
  • Inspiration and innovation
  • Co-operation and collaboration
  • Public good

Integrated approach to conservation

  • Integrated approach to conservation and stewardship of cultural, natural, tangible and intangible heritage
  • The centrality of heritage conservation in the effective stewardship of the environment and in the creation of sustainable and resilient communities
  • Landscapes of memory, storytelling, tradition and language as irreplaceable heritage resources of cultural significance

Respect and inclusion

  • Inclusive, multifaceted representations of the province’s heritage that reflect our diversity and complexity
  • The discovery, knowledge and insight, generated by cultural heritage, which fosters cultural affiliation and reconciliation, and enables us to understand ourselves better

Inspiration and innovation

  • The potential of heritage to inspire, stimulate creativity, and motivate us to bequeath knowledge, narratives and histories, and a diverse and authentic cultural environment for future generations

Co-operation and collaboration

  • Mutually rewarding relationships with new and current partner organizations
  • Create partnerships to build and enhance conservation capacity in communities

Public good

  • Holistic, sustainable planning that serves the public good and establishes a sense of place, civic identity and permanence
  • Empowering partners and individuals to be conservation leaders in their own communities