Province Helping to Conserve West Carleton History

Published on February 19, 2020

Ontario Government Invests in Local Museum and Heritage Organizations

February 19, 2020 - The Province is celebrating Ontario Heritage Week, highlighting the important history of local communities and the diverse heritage of Ontario. Locally, Merrilee Fullerton, the MPP for Kanata-Carleton announced that the following organizations in West Carleton are receiving support through the Community Museum Operating Grant and/or the Heritage Organization Development Grant:

  • Diefenbunker, Canada's Cold War Museum, $31,625 (operating funding)
  • Huntley Township Historical Society, $1,545 (heritage development grant)
  • Pinhey's Point Foundation, $1,056 (heritage development grant)

"The Ontario Government understands the importance of supporting local stewards and champions of culture and heritage and I am pleased local organizations were provided funding," said Merrilee Fullerton, MPP for Kanata-Carleton "Museums and heritage organizations like Diefenbunker, Huntley Township Historical Society, and Pinhey's Point Foundation inform and enrich people’s lives about our own community. Local historical sites and organizations provide for visitors and tourists to the area a glimpse into our past.”


Photos have MPP Fullerton with Christine McGuire, Executive Director of the Diefenbunker and at a historical event at Pinhey’s Point this past summer.


Through the Community Museum Operating Grant, 166 eligible community museums receive just over $4.8 million annually. The grant provides operating funding to community museums that may fund staff salaries, museum maintenance, building and preserving collections, exhibitions and educational programs.

In addition, 176 heritage organizations receive a total of nearly $240,000 in funding through the Heritage Organization Development Grant. This grant provides annual operating funding to not-for-profit heritage organizations and historical societies, and supports community engagement activities such as exhibits, public programs, lecture series and walking tours.

The province’s annual Heritage Week celebrations are led by the Ontario Heritage Trust. Ontario Heritage Week 2020 runs from February 17 to 23. Ontarians can learn more about the Ontario Heritage Trust’s calendar of events and listings in their communities during Heritage Week and all year long.



  • In total, the government is investing more than $5 million in 342 community museums and heritage organizations across the province.
  • Community museums throughout Ontario are custodians and interpreters of the province's irreplaceable heritage collections. They contribute to Ontario communities' economic well-being, attracting more than 3 million visitors annually.
  • Many heritage organizations are operated exclusively by volunteers. Each year, thousands of community volunteers contribute tens of thousands of service hours for these organizations.
  • The Ontario Heritage Trust is an agency of the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries. The Trust’s mandate is to identify, protect, promote and conserve Ontario’s heritage.
  • In the 2019 Fall Economic Statement, the government proposed a new program to provide free admission for children and youth to cultural sites and attractions across the province.


Media Contact for Merrilee Fullerton, MPP:

Tiffany Lepack                           613-599-3000

Constituency Assistant            [email protected]