$2.6Billion in Revenue for Canadian Museums

Sep 21, 2020
Monday, September 21 Update
In this eNews:
  1. Department of Canadian Heritage 2019 Survey Report
  2. #OMAConf2020 Early Bird Deadline is Wednesday!
  3. Webinar Highlight: Agile: Training to Help You Manage and Implement New Projects, with Surface Impression and Cheryl Blackman
  4. "Ask Me Anything" with Irene Chalmers, September 22
  5. Business / Arts and Nanos Research Webinar
Official Release of the Goverment of Canada Survey of Heritage Institutions 2019 Report
Data capture the 2017 reporting year
The Department of Canadian Heritage is pleased to announce the release of the 2019 report on the Government of Canada Survey of Heritage Institutions (GCSHI), which collected financial and operating information for the 2017 data year on not-for-profit heritage institutions, including museums, art galleries, archives, historic sites, zoos and botanical gardens. 2017 marked Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation, and this latest report has captured the heightened level of investment and activities that took place in Canada’s heritage community that year.

Highlights from the survey include…
  • Museums and other heritage institutions in Canada generated over $2.6B in revenue in 2017.
  • The heritage sector employed over 37,000 people. Up 5% from 2015 employment figures.
  • The Canada 150 celebrations brought a record 79 million visits to heritage institutions across the country. This represents a 10% increase from 2015.
  • School groups visiting heritage institutions reached over 127,280 (approximately 6.4 million visits by students); up 7% over 2015

Discover some of the latest results from the 2019 GCSHI report HERE

Save $75!
Early Bird Rate Closes September 23
Join colleagues from across the province for the
2020 OMA Annual Conference!


This year the Ontario Museum Association Conference is going virtual! With this new format comes new possibilities; the OMA is planning on taking advantage of all a virtual conference can offer. 

Our online event provides chances to connect, meet, gather, and support one another--wherever we all might be. 

This year's conference team has put together a program of learning events to support members during this challenging time as we move towards recovery from the pandemic.

No matter what part of the sector you're in, #OMAConf2020 will share lessons and key strategies that you can use in your own practice!

Session topics include:
  • Tourism Recovery with David Adames, CEO, Niagara Parks Commission
  • Inclusion 2025: Where are We Now?
  • Cross-Cultural Learning and Programming with the Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre
  • How Digitalization will Transform Museums: An Industry Panel Perspective with Professor Karen Sinotte
  • Cultivating Resilience and Well-being in Turbulent Times with Dr. Ross Laird, PhD
  • Closing Keynote: Museums in Perilous Times with Robert R. Janes, Founder and Co-Chair of the Coalition of Museums for Climate Justice on November 26
Your registration for the full conference includes:
  • 2 full days of online sessions, October 29 and November 5
  • 8 sessions, made up of keynotes and plenary panels
  • 4 weekly webinars, one each Tuesday in November
  • 2 Member Check-Ins, to connect and network with colleagues
  • Virtual Awards of Excellence presentations
#OMAConf2020 is an opportunity for Ontario museums to connect, learn, and share practices and experience; be sure to register soon!

#OMAConf2020 Webinar Highlight
Agile: Training to Help You Manage and Implement New Projects

Tuesday November 17
10am to 11:00am

Amy Hetherington
Director, Surface Impression Canada
Peter Pavement
CEO, Surface Impression Ltd
Cheryl Blackman
Director of Museums and Heritage Services, Economic Development & Culture, City of Toronto
How do you ensure that projects remain on track, within scope and meet objectives, while maintaining flexibility to adapt to change? As we push towards instituting the SDGs and solving other issues, agile project management can make it easier to successfully deliver projects and programs that meet audience needs, despite limited time and resources.

Register for Conference HERE.
"Ask Me Anything" with Irene Chalmers
Tuesday September 22, 2020
10:00 AM

This session will consist of 3 key components in the style of “Ask Me Anything” format popularized on social media in recent years. 

Irene Chalmers came forward to generously volunteer her time to make her rich experience in interpretive planning and as a freelancer accessible through this platform.

GOEMP Committee Chair Madeline Smolarz will join Irene as moderator to keep track of and pose incoming questions on behalf of the EMP community.

Register HERE.
Business / Arts and Nanos Research
Tuesday September 22, 2020
2:00 PM

Join Business / Arts for a conversation with Nik Nanos, Chief Data Scientist and Founder of Nanos Research. Nik will share findings of the latest Arts Response Tracking Survey (ARTS), a partnership between Business / Arts, the National Arts Centre and Nanos Research, which polled over 1,000 Canadians to gauge their attitudes on returning to and supporting the arts across Canada.

These latest findings offer terrific insight for arts organizations, in particular, fundraisers to help inform programming and fundraising models.

Read report from the Arts Response Tracking Survey HERE. 

Register HERE. 
The health and safety of our visitors, communities, and staff are a priority for our institutions. The OMA encourages all to exercise caution and act in alignment with the recommendations of public health and government authorities. 

The OMA is in touch with stakeholders to support our members, and will provide updates regularly as the situation progresses.

Please contact us with questions at communications@museumsontario.ca. 
Government Resources regarding
  • Ontario Ministry of Health dedicated website (updated twice daily): HERE 
    • General COVID-19 Information Sheets (available in multiple languages)HERE
  • Public Health OntarioHERE 
  • Health CanadaHERE
Your local or regional government or health unit websites can also provide local information. 
The OMA has prepared a dedicated webpage of COVID-19 communications and resources, including resources on reopening, updated as new information and resources become available.

Read more HERE.

The OMA Welcomes Your Support

The OMA is committed to ensuring the stabilization of the sector, and working together with you and the government. Your support at this time is vital as it helps us support all Ontario museums. We invite you to Join or Renew your membership. 

An OMA membership connects you with our network of over 1000 members, representing 700 museums, galleries, and heritage sites across the province. In addition, an OMA membership provides you with the latest news via ONmuseums and eNews alertsCOVID-19 resources to mitigate impact for Ontario museums, galleries and heritage sites, as well as resources for International Museum Day and May is Museum Month/Mai, Mois des Musées. 
We're Here to Help!

For all questions or inquiries please contact the OMA: communications@museumsontario.ca or call 416-348-8672 / 1-866-662-8672.

Marie G. Lalonde
Executive Director
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