Intangible cultural heritage includes living expressions of our identity passed from generation to generation, such as oral traditions, performing arts, social practices, rituals and festive events, knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe, and the knowledge and skills to produce traditional crafts. This intangible heritage is important in maintaining the diversity of our communities and building intercultural dialogue and understanding. The significance of intangible cultural heritage – and its inextricable link to tangible heritage – is increasingly being recognized.

The Ontario Heritage Trust supports the safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage through a range of programs and initiatives: