Thank you for supporting Ontario’s heritage.

There are several ways that you can donate:

Online – Donating online is secure and easy. We accept Visa, MasterCard and Amex (see below).

By mail – We accept donations by mail in the form of cheques, money orders and bank drafts. Donations can be made on a one-time or monthly basis.

By phone – Credit card donations using Visa, Mastercard or Amex can be made by calling 437-213-7322.


Area of greatest need

Donations to the area of greatest need are applied where they will have the greatest impact on the important work of the Ontario Heritage Trust as it responds to emerging opportunities and challenges.

Conservation (natural and cultural heritage)

Help us preserve and steward natural heritage — provincially significant wetlands, watersheds and woodlands; areas of natural and scientific interest and other environmentally sensitive areas; and habitat for species-at-risk — all need our protection.

The Trust conserves 26 cultural heritage sites and their collections. By interpreting and conserving our rich cultural heritage, and by celebrating its diversity, we can provide meaningful context to the present.

Telling Ontario’s stories – plaques, education and public programs

The Trust designs events and programs that promote a deeper understanding of the people and events, traditions and practices and treasured places from all parts of Ontario. You can help the Trust provide public programs and educational initiatives that engage Ontarians with the history of our communities. The Provincial Plaque Program, Doors Open Ontario, the Doris McCarthy Artist-in-Residence program, Heritage Week, Heritage Matters (our signature magazine) and educational programs all are made possible through the support of partners, donors and sponsors.

Elgin & Winter Garden Theatres

Rescued by the Ontario Heritage Trust and restored to its original grandeur, the Elgin & Winter Garden Theatres are the last operating double-decker theatre in the world. It is a superb venue for the performing arts — from stage plays to musicals to opera. Your donation can help sustain this much-loved landmark

Lincoln M. Alexander Legacy Fund

This special heritage fund was established in 2006 in honour of this outstanding Canadian to further the work of the Trust in heritage conservation across the province.

The Honourable Lincoln M. Alexander (1922-2012) — Canada’s first Black member of Parliament (1968) and Cabinet Minister (1979) — was the first minority group member to be named a Vice-Regal representative, serving as Ontario’s 24th Lieutenant Governor (1985 to 1991). He was Chair of the Ontario Heritage Trust from 2004 to 2010.

Harvey McCue (Waubageshig) Internship for Indigenous Youth

The Harvey McCue (Waubageshig) Internship for Indigenous Youth program will provide a 16-week paid internship to a recipient each year. Interns will work directly with Trust staff and other professionals to gain work experience in a variety of heritage conservation disciplines such as archaeology, education, interpretation and commemoration, and community development.

The program is named in honour of Harvey McCue, former Chair of the Ontario Heritage Trust. McCue is an educator and consultant who launched Canada’s first Indigenous Studies program at Trent University in 1969. His work over the past 50 years has been instrumental in shaping the teaching of Indigenous history and culture across Canada, and has empowered students and youth.

Plaque Program

You can make a difference to the stories we tell. A gift to our Provincial Plaque Program will help us address underrepresented topics in our plaque stories, working with communities across the province — urban and rural — and people of all backgrounds to share their stories in their own languages. Help us reshape our understanding of Ontario’s history for decades to come.