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. 

Queens Park Legislature

Ontario Budget Submission

As part of the public consultation process for Ontario’s 2019 provincial budget, the OMA recommends four areas of investment:

  • Digital Access & Engagement
  • Workforce Development
  • Investment in annual funding for Community Museums and reduction in red tape
  • Centralized Museum Services

Read the full Pre-Budget Submission HERE

Members can support these recommendations in two key ways:
1. Submitting comments online by February 8 HERE.

You can copy and paste the following statement showing your support:  (79 words)
"I support the Ontario Museum Association’s recommendations for public investment, based on these four funding priorities: Digital Access & Engagement; Workforce Development; Investment in annual funding for community museums and reduction in red tape; and centralized museum services.  Museums, galleries, and heritage sites help make Ontario communities distinct and vibrant places to live, work, visit, and invest. These recommendations for investment will empower museums to help Ontario reach its potential—for tourism, economic development, employment, and education."                     (Please add your own information as well)

This statement can also be used to engage local support of the OMA's budget submission in the coming weeks. 

2. Sending an invitation to your local MPP to meet with them. 
Download a template invitation HERE
Find your MPP's contact information HERE.

Please copy the OMA ( on your communications with your MPP. 


Heritage Week (February 18-24) presents an excellent opportunity to engage your local representatives and welcome them to your museum. The OMA will assist members in preparing for any meetings with their MPPs.

Please contact the OMA if you have any questions regarding the Ontario Budget process:
Marie Lalonde, Executive Director,

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!