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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.
An advocacy-focused newsletter is sent to members on the 2nd Thursday of each month. See past issues here.
In December 2018, swift collective action in the tourism sector led to the government announcing a one-year price freeze in the TODS program. Relevant ministries stated in the press release that they would “look for ways we can help mitigate this price increase”. Read the press release HERE.
Members have again expressed concerns about increases to TODS program fees for 2020. The OMA has conveyed these concerns in a letter to the Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries, the Honourable Lisa MacLeod, highlighting the importance of signage to support tourism in Ontario, including rural and Northern communities.
The OMA is collecting feedback on the TODS program and whether museums are able to participate at the increased prices.
Please answer a two-minute survey about your participation in the TODS program HERE.
Comments may also be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The TODS signs in Ontario have been contracted to Canadian TODS Limited, a subsidiary of an American company, Interstate Logos LLC., since 1997.
Read more on the Canadian TODS Limited website HERE.
In response, on September 27th, Ontario Museum Association President Petal Furness sent a letter to Minister Yurek, encouraging consultation with the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport and stating the value of museums and historic sites connected to Ontario’s Conservation Authorities for visitors and tourists. Museums in Conservation Authorities offer learning activities that bring thousands of people to special events in rural areas in off-peak tourist seasons.
“Conservation Authorities that make heritage and cultural experiences a part of their functions have significant impacts for their communities and their vitality. If requiring Conservation Authorities to re-focus on their “core mandate” means a loss of these vital places and programs, the people of Ontario will be losing a valuable part of their communities.”
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!