COVID-19-A message from OMA President Paul Robertson

mar 24, 2020

March 24 Update
COVID-19 and Ontario Museums

In this eNews Alert you will find:
  1. A Message from Paul Robertson, OMA President
  2. An OMA Survey on the Impacts of COVID-19--Deadline Friday March 27!
  3. Ontario's Fiscal Outlook 2020--to be announced March 25
  4. Charities T3010 Filing Extension
  5. Temporary Wage Subsidy Information
  6. New Resources for HR and Business Continuity Planning
 
The health and safety of our visitors, communities, and staff are a priority for our institutions. The OMA encourages all to exercise caution and act in alignment with the recommendations of public health and government authorities. 

The OMA is in touch with stakeholders to support our members, and will provide updates regularly as the situation progresses.

Please contact us with questions at community@museumsontario.ca
 
OMA President's Message
Dear Friends,
           Over the past weeks, COVID-19 has changed all of our lives rapidly and in unprecedented ways. My sincere wish is that you and your families are together and well. As we are learning, abiding by the guidelines set out by governments and health authorities is our best defence against the virus.
 
           As a museum sector, we are all working together as this complex and rapidly evolving situation unfolds. Recently, when the Government of Ontario declared the mandatory closures of public facilities, museums across the province responded by closing their sites and cancelling in-person programming...
 

Read the full Message HERE.
 
OMA Survey
OMA Survey for Ontario Museums on the Impact of COVID-19
Deadline March 27!

As part of the Ontario Museum Association’s role to represent the province’s museum sector to governments and funders, we have developed a short survey to collect up-to-date and sector-specific information on the impacts of COVID-19 for Ontario’s museums. We are asking for your assistance to provide this information so that we can advocate on your behalf.

We reviewed other heritage, tourism, and culture surveys; and will be collaborating with other organizations to share results of all of our work. 

Respond to the Survey HERE. 
 
Ontario's Fiscal Outlook 2020
Ontario to Release Fiscal Outlook for 2020
Press Conference Scheduled for March 25
 
After announcing earlier this month that the full provincial budget will be delayed until the fall, the Ontario government will instead release a fiscal outlook for 2020 on March 25. 

Watch for the Fiscal Outlook 2020 at the Ministry of Finance's News page HERE

Watch the LiveStream on the Premier's YouTube Channel HERE. 
 
Canada Revenue Agency Resources
Charities Directorate Extends T3010 Filing Deadline to December 31, 2020
 
As part of government actions taken in dealing with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Charities Directorate is extending the filing deadline to December 31, 2020, for all charities with a Form T3010, Registered Charity Information Return due between March 18, 2020 and December 31, 2020. This will allow charities more time to complete and submit their T3010, recognizing that charities will be focused on deploying their resources to address the effects of the COVID-19 virus situation.

Read more HERE. 
 
Canada Revenue Agency Announces Temporary Wage Subsidy for Employers
 
The Temporary Wage Subsidy for Employers is a three-month measure that will allow eligible employers to reduce the amount of payroll deductions required to be remitted to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).

You are an eligible employer if you:
  • are a non-profit organization, registered charity, or a Canadian-controlled private corporation (CCPC);
  • have an existing business number and payroll program account with the CRA on March 18, 2020; and
  • pay salary, wages, bonuses, or other remuneration to an employee.
The subsidy is equal to 10% of the remuneration you pay between March 18, 2020, and June 20, 2020, up to $1,375 per employee and to a maximum of $25,000 total per employer.
Read more HERE. 
 
Resources
Human Resources & Business Continuity Planning
New Additional Resources
  • Government of Ontario - Backgrounder - Employment Standards Amendment Act (Infectious Disease Emergencies), 2020 HERE
  • Canada Revenue Agency - Charities Directorate Update - T3010 Filing Deadline Extension HERE
  • Canada Revenue Agency - Frequently Asked Questions - Temporary Wage Subsidy for Employers HERE
 
Government Resources regarding
COVID-19
  • Ontario Ministry of Health dedicated website (updated twice daily): HERE 
    • General COVID-19 Information Sheets (available in multiple languages)HERE
  • Public Health OntarioHERE 
  • Health CanadaHERE
Your local or regional government or health unit websites can also provide credible local information. 
 
The OMA has prepared a dedicated webpage of COVID-19 communications and resources, updated as new information and resources become available.


Read more HERE.

 
Please also consult the Resources section of the OMA website HERE. 
 
We're Here to Help!

For all questions or inquiries please contact the OMA: community@museumsontario.ca or call 416-348-8672 / 1-866-662-8672.

Marie G. Lalonde
Executive Director
mlalonde@museumsontario.ca 
 
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