The Ontario Heritage Act came into force in 1975. Its purpose is to give municipalities and the provincial government powers to preserve the heritage of Ontario. The primary focus of the Act is the protection of heritage buildings and archaeological sites. The legislation also mandates the Ontario Heritage Foundation, a Crown agency, and the Conservation Review Board, a tribunal that hears objections to municipal and provincial decisions under the Act. The Ministry of Culture has made changes to the Ontario Heritage Act as part of the Government Efficiency Act, which received Royal Assent on November 26, 2002.
The Ontario Heritage Foundation is the province's lead heritage agency. Dedicated to identifying, preserving, protecting and promoting Ontario's rich and varied heritage for the benefit of present and future generations.
Doors Open Ontario From April through October each year, communities open the doors of some of the most intriguing and charming heritage sites.