Celebrate the Power of Museums This May!

avr 14, 2022
Need to Know
Analysis of Canada's Federal Budget 2022

Ukrainian Conflict, Housing Crisis
and Fiscal Uncertainty Define Federal Budget 

Canadian Museums Association
Reflecting a domestic and global reality shaped by a deadly pandemic, Budget 2021 included new, large multi-year federal investments in Canada’s heritage, arts and museums sectors. Notably, $500 million for the recovery of the arts, culture, heritage, and sports sectors, and to support community-level festivals and other in-person cultural events
Budget 2022 was framed by a different set of circumstances. In this context, it’s not surprising that COVID assistance and cultural programming should take a back seat to measures to mitigate new military threats and promote housing affordability and economic stability in Canada.

The good news for Canada’s museum and heritage sector is that Budget 2022 maintained the large multi-year investments announced last year and supplemented them with modest new investments. Specifically:
  • An additional $50 M in 2022-23 to the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Canada Council for the Arts, and Telefilm Canada to compensate arts, culture, and heritage organizations for revenue losses due to public health restrictions and capacity limits.
  • $20 million to support the construction of the new Holocaust Museum in Montréal
Read the full analysis from the CMA HERE.
More Insights Into the 2022 Federal Budget
OMA Initiatives
May is Museum Month
Social Media Kit
May is Museum Month / Mai, mois des musées (MMM) begins soon! The OMA has prepared a kit to help museums share all about the power of museums through their social media and communications. Download the kit for example social media posts, fast facts about Ontario's 700+ museums, and ideas for engaging content for May.

May is Museum Month coincides with International Museum Day (#IMD2022) on May 18th, a worldwide initiative of the International Council of Museums.

May is Museum Month is an opportunity to celebrate the contributions of museums to their communities and to kick-off 2022’s summer tourism season! With so many Ontarians taking ‘staycations’ this year, museums are a vital asset to hyperlocal tourism. As visitors are once again welcomed through your doors, museums can emphasize all the ways that the public can experience their collections and stories—from fully online to safe, in-person experiences!

With this year’s International Museum Day theme of “The Power of Museums”, we want to highlight all the ways that museums are bringing positive change to their communities through contributing to achieving sustainability, innovating in digitalization and accessibility, and building communities through education. This May is Museum Month, show your community the power of your museum!

Download the Social Media Kit HERE
Read more about it HERE
Have you made a request for a municipal proclamation, or put the MMM 2022 logo on your website? Download all of the 2022 MMM materials from Google Drive at the link below
MMM 2022 Materials
Celebrate emerging leaders
#OMAAwards2022  #PrixOMA2022
A Fleming College graduate, Hailey Hollingshead is a proactive and reactive emerging museum professional. She identified and helped resolve a mould issue at Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives (PAMA) and subsequently helped train colleagues on abatement work. Hailey’s initiative is second only to the passion she brings to her work. Hailey was the recipient of the Promising Leadership Award of Excellence in 2021.

Sound familiar? Do you know a proactive leader like Hailey? Do you share her passion? Nominate your colleagues or yourself for an OMA Award of Excellence by May 20!

Please email your nomination, and any questions you may have, to Mary Collier, Professional Development Program Manager at pd@museumsontario.ca.

Find nomination forms HERE.
Provincial News
Metis Cultural Centre
to get $278K in provincial funding

Sault Ste. Marie MPP Ross Romano announced on March 17 that the Metis Cultural Centre locally will be receiving $278,000 in funding to help support a major renovation phase.

Read more HERE
Glengarry Nor’Westers and Loyalist Museum receives nearly $14K in OTF money
Seaway News
The Glengarry Nor’Westers and Loyalist Museum has received $13,900 in funding from the Ontario Trilium Fund (OTF). The money will be used to help create online exhibits, digitize its collection, and make their building in Williamstown more accessible.

“With these funds, the museum has overcome pandemic limitations and ensured safe and effective delivery of educational content to a much wider community, including students learning from home. The grant has also ensured that people of all abilities can enjoy the museum’s offerings,” reads a statement from the museum.

Read the full article HERE
Backus-Page House Museum
gets $50,000 Trillium grant

West Elgin Chronicle
The Backus-Page House Museum has received a $50,000 grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, to be paid over a 12-month period.News of the financial support was announced April 8 by the museum’s operators, the Tyrconnell Heritage Society.

The Society says the funding is already being put to use, with the addition of two staff positions. Katlyn Reintsma is the museum’s digital media manager, while Jim Atkinson is the custodian facility manager. As well, upgrades have been made to the security and content available on the museum’s website.

Read more HERE.
New Canadian Canoe Museum
to feature languages and voices from Indigenous communities throughout exhibits

Canadian Canoe Museum
Visitors to the new Canadian Canoe Museum (CCM) will see and hear languages and voices from Indigenous communities the moment they step into the museum, thanks to funding from TD Bank Group.

With a significant gift of $500,000 over five years from TD, the Museum will work directly with individuals in eight Indigenous communities. The funding also enables the CCM to hire an emerging Indigenous museum professional. These actions will help ensure that knowledges, perspectives, and voices from Indigenous communities are directly represented in the exhibitions and educational programming.

Read more HERE.
$50,000 OTF Grant Keeps
Railway Museum on Track

Toronto Railway Museum
“Museums educate and enrich our community and bring culture and vitality to our city. The pandemic has shown us the importance of being able to deliver online programming in a variety of ways, and we welcome this funding that will continue to allow everyone to enjoy all that museums like the Toronto Railway Museum have to offer.” – MPP Chris Glover

Through this support, the Museum has been able to continue operating facilities and delivering experiences throughout the pandemic. Funding from this grant is assisting with audiovisual equipment and operational costs to improve online programming including developing an online tour and supporting an ongoing lecture series.

Read the full release HERE
Community Building Fund Supports
Woodland Cultural Centre
Through COVID Recovery

Woodland Cultural Centre
In 2021, Woodland Cultural Centre (WCC) received a $128,200 grant from the Government of Ontario’s Community Building Fund – Operating stream. This grant, delivered by the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF), is assisting Woodland through the COVID-19 pandemic, helping the organization retain many Education staff who would have been laid-off due to pandemic-related closures throughout the Tourism sector.

“This funding has been instrumental to ensure that Woodland Cultural Centre is able to still provide virtual programming to our audiences during this pandemic,” said Executive Director, Janis Monture. “This funding is so crucial when the arts and cultural sector was unable to open our doors to our patrons for months and as we prepare to re-open it provides our visitors with peace of mind that we are doing everything in our power to keep our visitors and staff feel safe.”

Read more HERE.
Lake of the Woods Museum
receives $400k in funding

Northern Development, Mines,
Natural Resources and Forestry

The Ontario government is providing $400,000 through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) to the City of Kenora for its Lake of the Woods Museum – "to protect and preserve local and Indigenous artifacts and improve the building’s accessibility"

Read more HERE
$477k for a Car Museum
in Thunder Bay

Northern Development, Mines,
Natural Resources and Forestry

The Ontario government is providing $477,375 through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) for the Municipality of Oliver Paipoonge to "build a car museum to house a collection of racing cars and automotive paraphernalia next to the Founders' Museum and Pioneer Village."

Read more HERE
Science North launches $3M capital
campaign for the Go Deeper project

CTV News Northern Ontario
This week at Dynamic Earth, Science North kicked off its $3 million capital campaign for its Go Deeper expansion project.

"The project represents the largest investment in mining and earth sciences experiences since Dynamic Earth’s inception in 2001," the science centre said in a news release. "Go Deeper will provide memorable experiences that portray modern mining in a realistic way and showcase this rapidly changing and dynamic industry."

With an overall budget of $7.4 million, a key component of the campaign is to reach areas across northern Ontario.

Read more HERE
London City Council approves $71k
to move Fugitive Slave Chapel to
Fanshawe Pioneer Village

London city council approved $71,000 to relocate the Fugitive Slave Chapel to Fanshawe Pioneer Village at Tuesday's full council meeting on April 13.

The money is intended as the city's contribution to a wider plan to restore the chapel which was built in 1848 and played a role in Black Londoners fleeing slavery. The building is currently located at 423 Gray St. where it has fallen into such a state of repair that councillors backing the motion didn't want to wait later in the year to seek the money through the city's community grants program. 

Read more HERE
North Huron approves lease agreement for museum at old train station property
Blackburn News
North Huron Council is moving forward with a proposal to establish museum services at the old train station property on Main Street Wingham.

CAO Dwayne Evans says the municipality is entering into a lease agreement with the property owners where a fundraising campaign will raise money to complete some capital project upgrades in the building.

“The property owners have offered the building at essentially no cost. At the end of the time period of the lease agreement, the owners will be signing over and transferring over ownership of the building to the municipality, to continue the museum services there,” explained Evans.

Read more HERE.
Government of Canada announces
$68.5 million in relief support for
southern Ontario tourism sector

Federal Economic Development Agency
for Southern Ontario

On April 6, the Honourable Helena Jaczek, Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario) announced a total investment of $68.5 million through the Tourism Relief Fund for Indigenous Tourism Ontario and 11 Regional Tourism Organizations (RTOs) across southern Ontario. This investment will help tourism businesses and communities safely welcome back visitors, recover from the impacts of the pandemic and prepare for future growth.

With an investment of $3.5 million, Indigenous Tourism Ontario will provide non-repayable contributions of up to $100,000 to Indigenous businesses, not-for-profit organizations, Band Councils, and Indigenous communities to invest in new or enhanced tourism experiences, upgrade tourism assets, and attract domestic and international tourists. ITO will also deliver the Renew Indigenous Tourism program to support Indigenous organizations, businesses, and entrepreneurs as they work to recover from the pandemic. This investment will support up to 40 Indigenous projects to create and maintain up to 100 jobs.

Read more HERE
Support Ontario’s Museums by Giving Forward!
As museums across Ontario face the challenges of reopening safely and renewing relationships with your communities, the OMA is here for you now and as we move forward. The OMA successfully advocated for federal emergency support funding through the Museums Assistance Program, the early and streamlined release of Community Museum Operating Grant (CMOG) funds in 2020 and 2021, and for an additional $2 million to support digital activities during pandemic closures. Your support, participation, and membership make our work possible.

Representing the interests of over 700 museums, galleries, and heritage sites across the province, the OMA offers regular webinars and professional development opportunities and resources for pandemic recovery. An OMA membership connects you with our network of over 1000 members, provides you with the tools and resources that support your professional practice, and keeps you informed of breaking news about funding opportunities and policy changes via the ONmuseums weekly newsletter and timely eNews alerts.

If you are already an OMA member, thank you! Please renew your membership when you receive an email reminder.

If you are not yet a member, please consider an individual, institutional, or commercial membership for yourself, your colleagues, or your institution. You can find information about member categories and benefits on our website.

You can make a donation to the OMA on our website or through Canada Helps. Every contribution is giving forward, not giving back, by adding to the collective strength of our sector and investing in a vibrant future for the next generation of museum professionals. You can help us build a more resilient museum sector. 

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