Celebrating the contributions of Black Ontarians

Illustration of a crowd of Black people.

Each February, the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is proud to celebrate Black Heritage Month. It’s an important opportunity for Ontarians to explore and discover the heritage, traditions and culture of Black Ontarians.

Black Heritage Month is a time to honour the legacy of Black people across our communities. The learning and conversations that take place throughout February helps us understand and acknowledge the significant achievements, past and present, of Black peoples. Their contributions continue to enhance the cultural and economic diversity and vibrancy of Ontario.

During Black Heritage Month, Ontarians learn more about the work of Black civil rights leaders who continue to address anti-Black racism, discrimination and inequity in our communities. As a public agency, funder and employer, OTF supports a range of projects to address systemic barriers and promote inclusion, and commits to reflecting the diversity of those we serve. OTF’s Framework for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is the foundation for our priorities and guides our work.

Each year, OTF funds over 400 community-led projects to build healthy and vibrant communities. Since 2015, OTF has invested more than $98 million in projects benefitting Black communities across Ontario through our different granting programs. Explore the grants awarded serving Black communities.

A Black grantee impact story

Guelph Black Heritage Society welcomes everyone to Heritage Hall

Community need
Although the city of Guelph has a wonderfully diverse cross-section of art, music and community groups, there was not enough accessible, affordable space for events, concerts, and smaller workshops and classes. A request was made by the Guelph Black Heritage Society for funding to improve the accessibility of Heritage Hall. The proposed project would make it a welcoming space for people with disabilities, elderly patrons, and other members of the community.

Funded project
Heritage Hall is a centrally-located heritage building, stewarded by the Guelph Black Heritage Society. With a $131,000 Capital grant, upgrades were made to make the space accessible and usable for all members of the community. An exterior wheelchair ramp, updated flooring and a new addition with an accessible washroom were installed.

Impact in community
The Guelph Black Heritage Society successfully created an accessible heritage space with better infrastructure, enhancing their quality programming and making room for all in their community to experience a wide range of culture, heritage and the arts.

Quick facts

  • The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is an agency of the Government of Ontario with a mission to build healthy and vibrant communities in Ontario.
  • Since 2015, OTF has invested more than $98 million in projects benefitting Black communities across Ontario. Explore the grants awarded serving Black communities.