“An understanding of heritage is a major pillar that supports the open and respectful society we enjoy today, and ensures that these values continue to be shared and celebrated” from a letter by David Raymont, President of the York Pioneer & Historical Society in support of the Ontario Historical Society’s (OHS) campaign to have the cuts made by the Ontario Government in their Heritage Development Grants restored. These grants support small heritage volunteers groups and museums. The effort appears to have had the desired impact. In February during Heritage Week, the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario, the OHS and other groups met with politicians at Queen’s Park to raise awareness of their concerns about heritage policy. These meetings resulted in a promise to maintain funding to heritage groups in recognition of the work of volunteers in promoting an understanding of the Province’s history.
Let’s consider asking our MPPs what if anything has happened to date in relation to enhancements to the Heritage Development Grant programme ?