Lieutenant Governor’s Ontario Heritage Award for Excellence in Conservation

Who can be nominated?

The successful candidates must meet the following criteria. They:

  • are residents of Ontario
  • can be individuals and/or groups, including:
    • Ontario corporations (private and public, not-for-profit and for-profit)
    • municipal, regional, provincial and federal government agencies and departments
  • may include the following activities:
    • volunteer
    • professional
    • commercial
    • academic
  • have completed (or substantially completed within the year preceding the nomination deadline) a specific conservation activity or project that is an exceptional contribution to natural or cultural heritage conservation
  • must include a project that is located in, and benefits, Ontario
  • should demonstrate:
    • leadership
    • commitment
    • creativity
    • positive impact on the community, region or province
    • heritage conservation best practices

Note: Directors and employees of the Ontario Heritage Trust and members of their immediate families are not eligible.

Who can nominate?

Nominators can include:

  • individuals, including themselves
  • local or provincial heritage organizations
  • local or regional municipalities
  • First Nations band councils
  • Métis community councils
  • Ontario Heritage Trust staff

Note: Nominations submitted by municipal councils, regional councils, First Nations band councils or Métis community councils must be supported by a motion of council.

What projects are eligible?

  • conservation (i.e., preservation, restoration or rehabilitation) of any of the following:
    • cultural or natural heritage properties, sites or areas
    • cultural landscapes
    • heritage conservation districts
    • collections or major artifacts
  • development or implementation of an innovative practice, technology or approach that has resulted in the successful conservation of cultural or natural heritage
  • developing partnerships to support natural and/or cultural heritage conservation activities
  • fundraising and promotion to support heritage conservation activities
  • educational, interpretive and/or commemorative activities that focus on cultural and natural heritage and history
  • development and delivery of activities or events that identify, safeguard and promote intangible cultural heritage, including:
    • oral traditions
    • expressions
    • language
    • performing arts – e.g., music, dance or theatre
    • social practices
    • rituals/ceremonies and festive events
    • knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe
    • traditional craftsmanship
  • promotion, celebration and preservation of cultural heritage and biological diversity
  • activities that promote environmental sustainability