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Jul 14, 2022
Need to Know
Canadian Heritage Update
On the Heritage Recovery Fund
Submit now! Deadline August 2, 2022

Applicants are encouraged to apply early as funds are limited. Funds expected to flow in late summer, early Fall.

The Recovery Fund for Heritage Organizations is this year’s 2022-23 available funding from Canadian Heritage to support museums in addressing the impact of the pandemic on their operations, the third similar program in the last three years.

If you submitted to either of the previous two pandemic support funding programs, you can return to the same online portal to complete your application HERE.
If you need assistance, or encounter challenges with your online submission, don't hesitate to contact your Regional office or call 1-866-811-0055 (toll-free) including to receive PDF forms.

Please NOTE: with your documents ready, the application should take about 30 minutes. Grants are calculated to 8% of your expenses, ranging from $1,000 to $80,000.
The Recovery Fund for Heritage Organizations is at $13.6 million in 2022-2023 delivered via the Museums Assistance Program (MAP), part of the Canada Arts and Culture Recovery Program (CACRP): $50 million to compensate revenue loss due to public health restrictions and capacity limits, and the hesitancy return to in-person activities due to COVID-19.

Read more about the program HERE.

 On the National Museum Policy

The OMA along with the Provincial and Territorial Museums Associations (PTMAs) and the Canadian Museums Association (CMA) have continued to call for a new National Museum Policy, including in recent correspondence and at the  National Culture Summit in May with Minister Pablo Rodriguez. Canadian Heritage has shared that consultations are anticipated for Fall 2022. This will be a welcome step forward in determining the future of Canadian museums. The OMA looks forward to sharing more information.

Provincial News
Peter Tabuns named Interim Official
Opposition Leader

NDP releases Caucus Critic Portfolios


On Wednesday July 13, 2022, Interim NDP Leader Peter Tabuns has laid out critic portfolios and additional key roles for the Official Opposition.

“The NDP caucus is full of impressive community leaders with diverse backgrounds and lived experiences. I’m confident in our team’s ability to hold the Conservative government’s feet to the fire, and lay out a better way forward,” said Tabuns.

Jill Andrew, MPP for Toronto-St. Paul's, is Women’s Social and Economic Opportunity, Culture, Heritage Critic for the Official Opposition.

Jennie Stevens, MPP for St. Catharines, is Sports, Tourism, Veterans, Legion and Military Affairs Critic for the Official Opposition

Read the news release HERE.
Read the critic list HERE.

Ontarians Aged 18+ Eligible for
Second Booster Shot

Free rapid antigen tests extended to December 31, 2022

The Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, is expanding eligibility for second booster doses to Ontarians aged 18 and over. Starting on Thursday, July 14 at 8:00 am, eligible individuals can book an appointment through the COVID-19 vaccination portal or by calling the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre.

The Ontario government will also extend its provision of free rapid antigen tests to the general public through existing channels like grocery stores and pharmacies, as well as to workplaces, schools, hospitals, long-term care and retirement homes and other congregate settings until December 31, 2022.

Read the news release HERE.

The Provincial Antigen Screening Program (PASP) is being extended until December 31, 2022. This program extension will enable continued access to rapid antigen tests (RATs) for all workplaces that are open and require staff to be onsite as we move into the fall and beyond. 

Workplaces can continue to apply to the PASP through the Ontario Together Portal, and order RATs through regular distribution channels.

The Canadian Canoe Museum receives federal funding for new exhibition hall
The Peterborough Examiner
The Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterborough is receiving $750,000 in federal funding to help outfit the exhibition hall at the new canoe museum being built on Little Lake. They were among 33 tourism, community infrastructure and economic development projects totalling about $12.2 million in Peterborough city and county, the City of Kawartha Lakes and Northumberland County.

The announcement was made on Tuesday July 12, 2022 by Helena Jaczek, the federal minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario).
Read the article HERE.
Read the news release from FedDev Ontario HERE.
From left to right: London Children’s Museum Board of Directors vice-chair Emily Schinbein, Children’s Museum director of visitor experiences Kate Ledgley, Minister Helena Jaczek, Lieutenant-Colonel Joe Murray, London North Centre MP Peter Fragiskatos. (Andrew Graham/980 CFPL)
London Children's Museum receives federal funding for new children’s museum
Global News

The museum is receiving $500,000 to adapt the top floor of the historic Kellogg’s cereal factory in Old East Village into its new museum. Construction is set to begin in September 2022 and the new location is expected to open in 2024.

Helena Jaczek, the federal minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario) made the announcement at London Children’s Museum on Tuesday July 5, 2022. The Government of Canada is investing over $3.7 million in community infrastructure and tourism projects in the London region.

Read the article HERE.
Read the news release from FedDev Ontario HERE.
Jenna Sudds, right, MP for Kanata-Carleton, walks out of the Diefenbunker with Christine McGuire, executive director, Diefenbunker: Canada's Cold War Museum. Sudds announced a $600,000 investment to enhance Diefenbunker visitor experience and upgrade infrastructure. PHOTO BY ERROL MCGIHON /Postmedia
The Diefenbunker receives federal funding to upgrade aging facility
Ottawa Citizen
On Wednesday July 6, 2022, Helena Jaczek, minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), and Jenna Sudds, MP for Kanata–Carleton, announced $600,000 in total support for the Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum.

Two-thirds of the announced funding will develop exhibitions, including dedicated space to highlight the Indigenous experience during the Cold War, as well as to support the addition of Algonquin to the tour’s audio guide languages. The remaining funding will go towards improving the museum’s accessibility, especially for those with visual impairments, and energy efficiency by upgrading its controls and lighting.

Read the article HERE.
Read the news release from FedDev Ontario HERE.

Stratford Perth Museum receives $55,500 through the Canada Community Revitalization Fund

On Tuesday July 5, 2022, Helena Jaczek, minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), announced $55,500 in support for Stratford Perth Museum's second phase of the Player’s Backstage project.

Funding is earmarked for a sound system, seating, a shade sail to cover the seating area, hard surface accessible pathways and additional parking with environmentally friendly turf stone that will ensure slower stormwater runoff.

This funding is part of FedDev Ontario's investment of over $11 million to support the Stratford Festival and seven tourism and community infrastructure projects in the Stratford area.

Read more HERE.
Read the news release from FedDev Ontario HERE.

Stratford Perth Museum receives visit from Perth-Wellington MPP, Mathew Rae
On June 20, 2022, MPP Matthew Rae visited the Off the Wall production displays at the Stratford Perth Museum to congratulate the participants, students and teachers of their recent programming.

Read more HERE.
Vanier Museopark receives visit from Ottawa-Vanier MPP, Lucille Collard

On June 9, 2022, MPP Lucille Collard (pictured second from right), visited Vanier Museopark to explore the world of Capitaine Acadie in a temporary exhibition. She joined joined creators of the fictional comic book character, Dany and Daniel Bouffard.

Read more HERE.
Learn about the exhibition HERE.
Reclaiming Josiah Henson

Uncle Tom’s Cabin Historic Site is changing its name.

In recent years, the Ontario Heritage Trust has conducted a focused review of its properties and programming. New research and the openness to diverse perspectives help to broaden our understanding of Ontario’s heritage, including the evolution of terminology.

The Ontario Heritage Trust recognizes the power of words in conveying emotions, values and memories. The term "Uncle Tom" carries several destructive stereotypes and harmful connotations that diminish and detract from Josiah Henson’s significant contributions to African-Canadian heritage and the broader Black community.

More from the Ontario Heritage Trust on Reclaiming Josiah Henson HERE.

Road leading to Uncle Tom's Historic Site renamed Freedom Road
Sydenham Current
On Monday June 20, 2022, Chatham-Kent council approved the name change, from Uncle Tom's Road to Freedom Road. The change was requested by the Ontario Heritage Trust, which maintains the property known as Uncle Tom’s Cabin Historic Site. Steven Cook, curator at the site, pointed out the ties between the term Uncle Tom and anti-Black racism. He confirmed that they have been working on this change for several years.

The new road name will be installed between July 25-27th, 2022. The Uncle Tom’s Cabin Historic Site itself is also set to be re-named. An announcement will be made during Emancipation Day on Saturday, July 30, 2022.

Read more and listen to the accompanying podcast HERE.
OMA Initiatives
An Opportunity to Recognize our
Esteemed Colleagues

Is there someone at your organization who has retired (or will retire) between October 2021 and November 2022?

In 2019 the OMA started a tradition of recognizing our colleagues who have retired in the past year at the annual OMA Awards reception. This year we look forward to continuing the tradition in person in Hamilton!

Share the following information with us so that we can honour the contributions that these individuals have made to our dynamic sector.
  • Name
  • Organization
  • Title
  • Retirement date
  • Photo
  • How long they worked in museums and/or at the organization from which they retired
  • Some other interesting fact or anecdote about what they achieved in their career
Send submissions to pd@museumsontario.ca
Deadline for submissions: Monday, October 17, 2022

Submissions are welcome to recognize retirees in any role at an organization.
Retirees do not need to be present at the in-person event to be recognized.
Watch the retiree videos from 2020 and 2021
#OMAConf2022 Tradeshow and Partnership
Partnership Application Deadline: August 8

Showcase your products to an engaged audience of current and future leaders in the field by partnering and exhibiting at the only conference dedicated to Ontario Museums.

As we gather in-person and online for the OMA Annual Conference 2022 and to celebrate the OMA's 50th anniversary, we are offering categories of partnership opportunities.

Partnership Opportunities are offered on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please complete the order form by August 8, 2022 and return to membership@museumsontario.ca.

Download the OMA Conference 2022 Opportunities Package and order form HERE.
Download the Opportunities Package
#OMAConf2022 Registration Open
Register now and save!

2022 is the Ontario Museum Association’s 50th Anniversary, and we are so thrilled to welcome members back to both an in-person and online conference this year!

This year’s theme is Changing Directions: Practice over Permanence. This theme embodies the changing nature of museums and focuses on what museums are currently doing, rather than what they might do in the future.

Join us in-person!
Monday, November 7, 2022
Hamilton Convention Centre
1 Summers Lane
Hamilton, ON L8P 4Y2

Tuesday, November 8, 2022
Local Hamilton activities and planned Study Tours - separate registration required, stay tuned!

Join us online!
Monday, November 7, 2022 – select sessions will be live-streamed
Monday, November 21, 2022 – interactive online sessions
Learn about early-bird rates!
Register now and save!
Fully Subsidized Registrations
The OMA provides limited subsidized in-person and online conference registrations. Subsidies will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis. Learn more HERE.

Book Your Accommodation for the In-person Conference
Sheraton Hamilton Hotel
116 King Street West
Hamilton, ON L8P 4V3

Book early to secure your room at the special OMA rate. Learn more HERE.
Out-of-Province News
CADAC Information Session

Important changes are coming at the end of 2022 for all CADAC users. Attend an info session to make sure you are aware and provided with all the information needed. Seats are limited to one user per organization. A recording of the information session will be available for sharing soon after the information session.

Thursday, July 14 (1:00 pm ET)
Duration: 1 hour
Languages: English, French translation, American Sign Language (ASL), Language des signes du Québec (LSQ)

Thursday, July 14 (3:00 pm ET)
Duration: 1 hour
Languages: English, French translation, American Sign Language (ASL), Language des signes du Québec (LSQ)

Read more and register HERE.
Which Canadian provinces and territories saw the largest pandemic-induced decreases in their cultural economies?
Hill Strategies

The post highlights three measures of pandemic-induced changes (from 2019 to 2020): gross domestic product (a measure of net value-added to the economy); output (roughly equivalent to total revenues); jobs (including both full-time and part-time positions). Cultural economies include: audiovisual and interactive media; visual and applied arts; government-owned cultural institutions; written and published works; live performance; heritage and libraries; sound recording; as well as education and training.

Read more HERE.

Recovery Fund for Heritage Organizations:
Now Accepting Applications

Deadline: August 2, 2022
On June 27, 2022, the Department of Canadian Heritage was pleased to announce the Canada Arts and Culture Recovery Program (CACRP) which continues the Department’s targeted support for organizations that are still facing significant financial challenges in the third year of the pandemic. 

As part of the CARCP the Museums Assistance Program (MAP) is now accepting applications for assistance with ongoing operating costs through the Recovery Fund for Heritage Organizations. This assistance will help heritage organizations as they seek to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, helping to compensate for lost revenues due to public health restrictions and capacity limits that were put in place. Please review the Program Guidelines prior to submitting your application.

Not-for-profit organizations with a heritage collection, such as museums, archives, and historic sites, may be eligible to receive funding. Indigenous organizations with a heritage collection are also encouraged to apply. Organizations can receive between $1,000 and $80,000 in emergency support.

Deadline to apply for funding is August 2, 2022. Applications for the 2022 Recovery Fund for Heritage Organizations will be accepted through the Canadian Heritage Funding Portal (CHFP). 

In order to proceed with your application, you must read the Application Guidelines in their entirety and have completed the Applicant Profile section, which includes uploading required documents. An Applicant Profile only needs to be created once and will be used for all future funding applications that are accepted through the Canadian Heritage Funding Portal. 

Clients who submit an application will receive an automatic acknowledgement message confirming receipt of their application. Applicants should expect a funding decision within sixteen weeks of submitting a complete application.
Applicants are encouraged to apply early as funds are limited. If your organization is eligible, submitting an application does not guarantee funding.

Ineligible groups include groups who receive reopening or recovery funding from other Canadian Heritage programs or from the Canada Council for the Arts in the 2022-2023 fiscal year.

Should you be unable to access the new online system or apply online for any reason, please contact the support team HERE.
Upcoming OMA Dates
Collections Management (CMS course): registration open
Course Start Date: September 19, 2022

Organization & Management of Museums (CMS course): registration open
Course Start Date: September 19, 2022

Education Programs (CMS course): registration opens July 25, 2022
Course Start Date: October 3, 2022

OMA Annual Conference 2022: Early-bird Rates – register now and save!
2022 is the Ontario Museum Association’s 50th Anniversary! We celebrate the institutions and thousands of museum, gallery and heritage sector staff and volunteers whose skills, passion and commitment advance a strong museum sector for Ontario.
Thank you!
Support Ontario’s Museums by Giving Forward!
As museums across Ontario face the challenges of reopening safely and renewing relationships with your communities, the OMA is here for you now and as we move forward. 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 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.

If you are not yet a member, please consider an individual, institutional, or commercial membership for yourself, your colleagues, or your institution. You can find information about member categories and benefits on our website.

You can make a donation to the OMA on our website or through Canada Helps. Every contribution is giving forward, not giving back, by adding to the collective strength of our sector and investing in a vibrant future for the next generation of museum professionals. You can help us build a more resilient museum sector. 

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