The Ontario Museum Association works with its members to ensure a relevant and sustainable museum sector for the benefit of Ontario residents and our global community. For any advocacy-related questions, please reach out to OMA Executive Director Marie Lalonde at email@example.com.
An advocacy-focused newsletter is sent to members on the 2nd Thursday of each month. See past issues here.
The documents below have been developed by the OMA to assist Ontario museums in communicating their impacts. For any further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact the OMA.
- Ontario's Museums and Action Plan
- Museums and Your Municipality
- Ontario Museums: Vital Tourism Assets
- Museums and Rural Communities
Current Advocacy Initiatives
OMA Releases White Paper
Exhibiting Resilience makes three specific recommendations to the Ontario Government. The first is for an Ontario Museum Relief Fund, valued at $8.5 million, which would support museums as they continue to navigate the revenue losses and increased operating costs brought on by COVID-19. The second recommendation is for a Digital Response Fund, valued at $10 million over three years. While the need for modernized digital strategies is particularly urgent in the time of remote work, learning, and tourism, an investment in the digital transformation of Ontario’s museums will ensure equitable access to the research, stories, and benefits that museums have to offer for years to come. Looking ahead to the long-term future of the sector, the OMA also recommends that the Government of Ontario renew the Ontario museum funding model. Raising the level of annual operating support for community museums will empower local museums to realize their mandates and serve their communities at their full potential. The OMA recommends an initial increase in sustainable operating funding for community museums to a total of $15 million annually.
Exhibiting Resilience will serve as a resource and a reference for the museum sector and the provincial government to work together to modernize the support systems for Ontario’s museums, so they continue to be essential community assets for economic, educational, cultural, and social vitality. The Ontario Museum Association stands ready to work with and on behalf of its members, and in partnership with the Government of Ontario, to develop and implement the above recommendations towards recovery. We are grateful to our members and sector partners who support us in our work to keep Ontario’s museums vibrant, inspiring, and impactful.
- Download a template letter HERE
- Find your MPP's contact information HERE
- Attach a copy Exhibiting Resilience from HERE.
- cc: Minister MacLeod (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- cc: the OMA (email@example.com) on your email
Ontario's Fall Budget 2020
2. A Digital Response Fund of $10million over three years, and a
3. A Renewed Funding Model of operating funding to a total of $15million annually
Read the full 500-word submission HERE.
Recommend Support for Museums
in the Fall 2020 Budget
- Use the OMA's Fall 2020 Budget Submission HERE (Submissions are limited to 500 words)
- include your name or the name of your organization
- use “Fall 2020 Budget Consultations” in the subject line
- attach your submission as a PDF or Word document
- cc: firstname.lastname@example.org on your email submission
The OMA's 2nd COVID-19 Impact Survey collected 150 responses from museums across the province between August 14 and September 4, 2020; capturing the impacts of COVID-19 to the end of July 2020 and the state of museums at the time of their response.
Some key findings:
- 22% of museums do not anticipate reopening to visitors in 2020
- The Average length of closure for museums was 127 days (1/3 of a year)
- Average revenue losses were estimated at 75% compared to 2019
The OMA recommends:
- That the 2021 Federal Budget extends and increases emergency support to museums;
- That through the 2021 Federal Budget the government continues to prioritize an investment of resources toward the review of the national museum policy;
- That the Federal Budget increases funding to Canada's museum to at least $60 million annually;
- That the government fund initiatives for digital transformation in museums; and
- That the government expands the Endowment Incentives and Limited Support components of the Canada Cultural Investment Fund to include heritage organizations including museums.
- 68% have delayed or cancelled seasonal hiring
- 63% of respondents will lose all revenue for April 2020
- 67% report potential for further job losses
Read a message from OMA Executive Director Marie Lalonde HERE.
The OMA has written a letter to Ministers MacLeod, Phillips, and McNaughton to request serious consideration and support of museums during this critical time in response to COVID-19. The OMA made the following recommendations:
1. An Ontario Museums Relief Fund
2. A Digital Response Fund
3. Early (first quarter) distribution of Ontario funding for museums and heritage organizations (Community Museum Operating Grants, Heritage Organization Development Grants, and Provincial Heritage Organization Grants)
4. Expanded employment program and income support measures, and facilitated access to these programs are top concerns for all Ontarians, including Ontario's museums.
Read the Letter HERE.
Support the OMA's recommendations by sending a letter to your local MPP.
The two recommended areas for funding are:
- Create Jobs for Young People in Growing Sectors
- Develop Digital Access & Engagement for Rural Communities
Museum staff, volunteers, and board members can support the OMA’s Submission in two key ways:
For more news about Advocacy, see the Advocacy editions of the OMA eNewsletter, ONmuseums, on the second Thursday of each month. ONmuseums is an OMA Member Benefit; to learn about membership, click here!