$12million Supplement for Young Canada Works

Aug 12, 2021
Need to Know
OMA Submission for Federal Budget 2022
As part of the consultation process for Canada's Federal Budget 2022, the OMA submitted six recommendations echoing calls made by the Canadian Museums Association:
  1. That through the 2022 Federal Budget, the government continues to prioritize an investment of resources toward the review of the national museum policy;
  2. That the 2022 Federal Budget extends and increases funding support for museums to reopen;
  3. That the 2022 Federal Budget increases funding to Canada’s museums towards $60 million annually;
  4. That the government fund initiatives for digital transformation in museums; 
  5. That the government expand the Endowment Incentives of the Canada Cultural Investment Fund to include museums and heritage organizations; and
  6. That the Federal Budget includes sufficient financial resources to recognize the tremendous benefits of museums to the economy and society.
Read the full Submission HERE.
Reopening Ontario: Roadmap Exit Step
The Province of Ontario has released the regulation of the full full list of public health and workplace safety measures that will still need to be followed upon exiting Step 3 of Ontario's Roadmap to Reopen

In order to safely exit the Roadmap to Reopen, Ontario needs to remain in Step Three for at least 21 days and until certain vaccination thresholds are met. Key public health and health care indicators must also remain stable.

Read the full Regulation HERE.
Supplemental Funding for Young Canada Works
$12million for up to 1,240 additional jobs
The Government of Canada is committed to supporting heritage organizations and helping meet the needs of employers by creating new employment for youth in the heritage, arts and culture sectors.

The Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage, was at the Guelph Civic Museum on August 4th to reaffirm the government’s commitment to helping the next generation of Canadians gain the skills and experience for careers in the heritage, arts and cultural sector and ensure the next generation is well equipped to take over multiple positions. Guelph Museums received funding through Young Canada Works’ Heritage program to hire three young people in the community.

This funding is part of $12 million in supplementary recovery funds devoted to Young Canada Works – Heritage Program, which aims to create as many as 1,240 additional jobs for young people in the heritage, arts and culture sectors across Canada. 

Read the News Release HERE

From the Canadian Museums Association Young Canada Works team:  
There is additional funding available for employers in the Young Canada Works in Heritage Organizations (short term jobs) stream, both to fund additional applications at already funded organizations and to extend existing positions for a longer work term. Funding can be used to fund positions retroactively (if you have already hired an eligible candidate) or can be used to hire a new student on a full- or part-time basis in the fall and winter. Please note that Young Canada Works in Heritage Organizations is not accepting new job funding applications at this time.

Your organization may have already received notification that additional funding is available to you under the Young Canada Works in Heritage Organizations program (short-term jobs for students), so please check your inbox. If you did not receive an email, you can confirm your eligibility and take advantage of these additional funds by contacting your YCWHO Program Officer.

Read more HERE.
New Federal Funding Opportunity:
Communities at Risk

Deadline: September 22, 2021

Canada's Ministry of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness is currently accepting applications to the Communities at Risk: Security Infrastructure Program (SIP). The funding is available to private, not-for-profit organizations (including religious institutions) that are at risk of being victimized by hate- motivated crime. It helps with the cost of security infrastructure improvements for example:

- Places of worship such as a temple, mosque, synagogue, gurdwara, or church, where a group of people can gather to perform acts of religious praise, meditation, honour, or devotion;
- Provincially/territorially recognized private educational institutions, including primary and secondary schools; and
- Community centres, such as a community drop-in centre or aboriginal Friendship Centre, where members of a community can gather year-round for social or cultural activities

Approved projects may receive up to 50% of total project costs to a maximum Public Safety Canada contribution of $100,00 per project.

Read more HERE.
Provincial News
Grants Announced for the
Reconnect Festival and Event Program 

$43 million to support 439 festivals and events
The Ontario government is investing nearly $50 million to help festival and event organizers deliver innovative and safe experiences that allow people to safely reconnect with their communities. This one-time funding increase – more than double the annual funding provided to the festival and event sector in the past – will ensure the long-term success of the festival and event sector.

Read the News Release HERE. 

Several Ontario museums were recipients of the grants to support their projects, including:
  • Myseum of Toronto
  • The Gardiner Museum 
  • Pickering Museum Village
Read the full list of recipients HERE.
$2.9 million for Spadina Museum revitalization
To rehabilitate the historic Spadina Museum, the Government of Canada is investing over $1.18 million through the Community, Culture and Recreation Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada plan. The Government of Ontario is providing nearly $1 million, and the City of Toronto is contributing more than $790,000.

The project involves improving accessibility along the pathways leading from the street to museum entrances, meeting the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act requirements. Other work on the exterior of the building will include weatherproofing and restoration of existing windows and doors.

Read the News Release HERE.
$8.9 million for Science North

The Ontario government is investing more than $8.9 million in Science North to support the 2021-22 operations, develop exhibits and online content, perform maintenance and repairs, and deliver learning supports for students and teachers. These investments will help sustain operations, protect jobs, and support short and long-term recovery planning following the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Read the News Release HERE.
$1.5 million for Huronia Historical Parks

The Ontario government is providing Huronia Historical Parks (HHP) with over $1.5 million in capital funding to help repair and rehabilitate its facilities to encourage and reinvigorate tourism in the region.

This $1.5 million capital investment includes:
  • Over $500,000 at Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons, a nationally designated historic site, to help conserve the oldest masonry in the province – including the Great Fireplace.
  • $100,000 towards Discovery Harbour’s wharf redevelopment project that will help preserve the original fixed wharf that provides access to the tall ships for thousands of visitors annually.
Read the News Release HERE. 
Open Letter:
A Call to Invest Fully in Ontario Museums

The OMA is asking members to share the Open Letter with their MPPs, their community members, and media. Download a copy of the Open Letter HERE.

Tip: Share the letter with your board members and volunteers for them to also share!
  1. Download a Template Letter for your MPP HERE
  2. Find your MPP's contact information HERE. 
  3. cc: Premier Ford (premier@ontario.ca), Minister MacLeod (minister.macleod@ontario.ca) and the OMA (community@museumsontario.ca) on your emails
Social Media
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  2. Use the example message below.
  3. Tag @museumsontario and also use #onpoli in your posts
Minister Guilbeault visits the Art Gallery of Hamilton & Guelph Civic Museum
The Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage, was in Hamilton on August 3rd, where he met with members of the Art Gallery of Hamilton’s leadership team and toured the gallery. The gallery reopened its doors to the public on July 22, after COVID-19 health restrictions were eased in Ontario.

Recently, the gallery received $212,130 in Museums Assistance Program funding to support its upcoming exhibition, Tom Thomson? The Art of Authentication. The exhibit focuses on the fascinating detective work involved in authenticating works of art. It is set to open in September before travelling to the Agnes Etherington Art Centre in Kingston, Ontario in 2022.

The gallery also received $112,875 through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund recently, to conduct a comprehensive feasibility study for a significant renovation and expansion of its facilities.
"Arts and cultural organizations make an important contribution to the economic vitality and quality of life of communities. They also illuminate and showcase Canada`s diverse identity and cultural history. The global pandemic has had a devastating impact on arts and culture organizations, which is why the ongoing support provided by the federal government has been so critical to our ongoing sustainability."
—Shelley Falconer, President and CEO, Art Gallery of Hamilton

Read the News Release HERE.
Minister Guilbeault also visited Guelph Civic Museum on August 4th to reaffirm the government’s commitment to helping the next generation of Canadians gain the skills and experience for careers in the heritage, arts and cultural sector and ensure the next generation is well equipped to take over multiple positions. Guelph Museums received funding through Young Canada Works’ Heritage program to hire three young people in the community.

This funding is part of $12 million in supplementary recovery funds devoted to Young Canada Work – Heritage Program, which aims to create as many as 1,240 additional jobs for young people in the heritage, arts and culture sectors across Canada. 

“From collections research to planning commemorative events to interpreting John McCrae’s story in both official languages, the students and graduates we have been able to employ as a result of Young Canada Works grants have contributed significantly to the advancement of our curatorial practices, innovative programming, and community engagement. In addition, we’ve been so proud to watch many of these young employees use the skills and mentorship gained at Guelph Museums to launch into successful careers in the field. Young Canada Works has tremendous double bottom line impact for the sector, for emerging professionals, and ultimately for the community, which benefits from the new knowledge and engaging experiences generated through the work of students and interns.”
—Tammy Adkin, Manager, Museums and Culture, City of Guelph

Read the News Release HERE. 
Funding Opportunties

Deadlines for 2021:
August 31: Museums Assistance Program — Canada-France Agreement Deadline
September 22: Communities at Risk: Security Infrastructure Program (SIP)
October 27: Digital Museums Canada 2021 Call for Proposals
December 30: Canada Recovery Hiring Program [Claim period 17]
January 14, 2022: Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance
Open: Tourism Economic Development and Recovery Fund
OpenNorthern Ontario Heritage Fund
OpenIndigenous Peoples Resilience Fund
OpenCIRA Community Investment Program Grants
Open: Green and Inclusive Community Buildings Program 
Ongoing: Highly Affected Sectors Credit Availability Program
Ongoing: Canada Community Revitalization Fund FedDev Ontario
Ongoing: Canada Community Revitalization Fund FedNor
Ongoing: Tourism Relief Fund FedDev Ontario
Ongoing: Tourism Relief Fund FedNor
OMA Initiatives
Decision-Making in the Museum
Present and Future

Call for Proposals Deadline is This Week!
Deadline: Friday, August 13, 2021

Do you have a project to share? Present a webinar!
Do you have an idea to discuss? Host a Member Check-in!
Do you have another idea? Let us know!

The OMA is currently accepting proposals for Webinars and Member Check-ins on the theme of Decision-Making in the Museum Present and Future.

Read the Call for Proposals and find out how to submit HERE.

Questions? Email Mary Collier at pd@museumsontario.ca.
Webinar: Reopening Museums Safely with PSHSA
Join us at 10am today!

Today! Thursday, August 12, 2021
10:00am - 11:00am 
Join Public Services Health and Safety Association (PSHSA) Health and Safety Consultants Rob Oliver and Janice Gallant for a webinar about how to reopen museums safely in your roles as both workplaces and public attractions.

The goal of this webinar is to provide information that supports a healthy, safe and successful re-opening of museums. The one hour webinar will:
  • Overview the Provincial Step 3 Reopening Requirements for Museums.
  • Identify protective strategies, measures and resources to support a health and safe reopening for you and your visitors. 
  • Provide the opportunity to discuss key questions related to the application of the requirements in a museum setting.

Register HERE

Upcoming OMA Dates

Today! August 12, 10am: Webinar: Reopening Museums Safely with PSHSA.
Register HERE.

August 13: First Deadline: Call for Proposals: Participate in shaping the 2021-2022 professional development series “Decision-Making in the Museum Present and Future.” Read more HERE!

August 31, 10am: Webinar with Overlap Associates: An Introduction to Human-Centred Design & Creative Problem Solving. Save the date!

September 20: Start date: CMS: Collections Management. Read more HERE.

September 27: Start date: CMS: Museums & the Community. Read more HERE.
Out-of-Province News
The 2021 Government of Canada
Survey of Heritage Institutions is here!

How has your heritage organization or site been
impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic?

The Department of Canadian Heritage is conducting the Government of Canada Survey of Heritage Institutions for the 2020 data year.

The purpose of this year’s survey is to gain economic and sector characteristic data with particular emphasis on the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on Canada’s heritage sector. Survey results will be used to monitor changes in the sector, measure performance, and make comparisons to other data sources to better understand the sector as well as assist in the development of national and regional policies and programs.

Canadian Heritage sent out the survey the week of August 2nd via email. The survey is limited to not-for-profit heritage institutions, which includes museums, art galleries, archives, historic sites, zoos and botanical gardens.

If you have not received the survey, but would like to be added to Canadian Heritage’s survey list, please kindly fill in your name and email address using the link below.

For more information about the survey, please email the Department of Canadian Heritage at PCH.infoegcep-gcshiinfo.PCH@canada.ca or telephone 343-548-9144.
2021 Survey of Heritage Institutions
OMA Note on the 2021 GCSHI
The data collected in the Government of Canada Survey of Heritage Institutions (GCSHI) are incredibly valuable to the sector and provide the OMA with strong evidence that we use for advocacy. The OMA and other Museums Associations used GCSHI data to successfully advocate for broader eligibility for last year's federal-level COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund for Cultural, Heritage and Sport Organizations

We encourage all museums in Ontario to take the time to complete the Survey!
ICOM releases report on member feedback for a new Museum Definition
After a wide consultation on the keywords and concepts that the Museum Definition should include, ICOM carried out an independent data analysis of the results. The analysis was based on ICOM Committees’ written feedback, requested and submitted in digital format, containing up to 20 terms suggested to form a new definition of museums. The goal was to quantify and understand the feedback of the ICOM Committees, in order to inform ICOM Define Committee on the requested Definition components and their underlying meanings. 

Read the full Report HERE.
Support Ontario Museums

As museums across Ontario face the challenges of reopening safely and renewing relationships with your communities, the OMA is here for you. 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 for CMOG-recipient museums 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.

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