$400mil Community Services Recovery Fund launches in January 2023

Dec 01, 2022
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Need to Know
$400million Community Services Recovery Fund
Applications open January 6 to February 21, 2023

The Community Services Recovery Fund is a $400 million investment from the Government of Canada to support charities and non-profits as they focus on how to adapt their organizations for pandemic recovery.

Since the early phases of the pandemic, charities and non-profits have struggled with increased demand for their services, reduced revenues, declines in charitable giving due to the rising cost of living, and a greater need to make use of digital tools as part of adapting and modernizing their operations. Funding from the Community Services Recovery Fund will enable charities and non-profits to invest in their own organizational capacity to:

  • adapt the way they deliver services to support the needs of their staff and volunteers;
  • buy equipment such as computers and software;
  • create new ways of working, such as developing new fundraising approaches;
  • provide support for staff and volunteers, such as staff training, supports for mental health and wellbeing; and
  • develop plans to receive funding from diverse sources.

As a result of the investments provided by the Community Services Recovery Fund, charities and non-profits will be better equipped to improve the efficacy, accessibility, and sustainability of the community services that they provide.

The Community Services Recovery Fund will be delivered through three National Funders - Community Foundations of Canada, the Canadian Red Cross and United Way Centraide Canada. These National Funders will be responsible for establishing open application processes to distribute funding to eligible charities and non-profits across Canada.

The CSRF will accept applications from Community Service Organizations, which means non-profit organizations, Indigenous Governing Bodies or Registered Charities/Some Qualified Donees located in Canada who provide services to communities in Canada. 

Applications open on January 6, 2023. In the meantime, explore the resource section and sign up for a webinar on how to apply.

Two upcoming webinars on the Community Services Recovery Fund:
December 6, 2pm ET: Information Webinar: Register HERE.
January 12, 2pm ET: How to Apply Webinar: Register HERE.

Read more on the Community Services Recovery Fund Website HERE.
Read the Frequently Asked Questions HERE.
See all current "Applicant Resources" HERE.

Government of Canada News Release
Upcoming Webinar:
Building Discoverability, Access, and Versatility into Archived Oral History Collections
Speakers from the Oral History Centre at University of Winnipeg
Organized by Digital Action Research and Training, Toronto History Museums,
and the Ontario Museum Association

Monday December 12, 2022
1:30pm ET to 3pm ET
Online via Zoom 

In defining oral history and discussing the lifecycle of the interview, “archive” often serves as a terse end to a process that privileges the processes of collecting. But oral history is a continuous archival process, the administrative labour of which begins before the interviews, and continues long after an interview is deposited in an archive. This presentation explores how oral history best practices—a pre-custodial approach designed to support the preservation of born digital collections—can be applied to extant collections in order to facilitate discoverability and access. It extends the lifecycle of the interview to include post-custodial archival processes by outlining the administrative labour and technical processing required to support long-term ethical and functional access to oral history collections, and the re-use of interviews.

Featuring speakers from the Oral History Centre at the University of Winnipeg:

  • Brett Lougheed, Director of the Oral History Centre
  • Kent Davies, Adjunct Professor and the Audio Technician at the Oral History Centre
  • Kimberley Moore, Adjunct Professor, and the Programming and Collections Specialist at the University of Winnipeg Oral History Centre

Read more and register HERE.

Register for the Webinar
This project has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada.
At the OMA
New and Renewing OMA Members
Aurora Museum & Archives
Chatham-Kent Black Historical Society
Dorset Heritage Museum
Fergie Jenkins Foundation & Black History Museum
FH Conservation
Friends in Toronto Community Services
Glengarry Pioneer Museum
Lucy Maud Montgomery Society of Ontario
Magnetawan Heritage Centre
Multicultural History Society of Ontario
Norwich and District Museum
Palmerston Railway Heritage Museum
Park House Museum
1000 Islands History Museum
Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery
Diefenbunker, Canada’s Cold War Museum
Fleming College - Heritage Programs
Moore Museum
Museum Windsor
Museums of Burlington
Museums of Mississauga
Ontario Regiment (RCAC) Museum
St. Catharines Museum
Station Gallery
Ukrainian Museum of Canada, Ontario Branch
Registration is open! Spaces are available!
Upcoming Certificate in Museum Studies Courses

Care of Collections
Dates: January 16 - April 2, 2023
Format: Online
Director: Carmen Li, Royal Alberta Museum
*The CMS course Artifacts is a prerequisite for Care of Collections

Exhibit Planning & Design
Dates: January 16 - March 26, 2023
Format: Online
Director: Meredith Leonard, City of Hamilton

Registration for Certificate in Museum Studies courses is open to OMA Individual Members and Commercial Consultant Members.

Find out more about the Certificate in Museum Studies Program HERE.
Questions? Email pd@museumsontario.ca
Register for Courses

Upcoming CCI Webinar:
Photography on a Dime - Thrifty Tools and Free Software for Heritage Professionals 

Canadian Conservation Institute, Ontario Museum Association and Galeries Ontario / Ontario Galleries

Webinar 1: February 9, 2023 (1:00 - 3:00 PM ET)
Webinar 2: February 16, 2023 (1:00 - 3:00 PM ET)

Registration fee required 
Registration opens Dec. 15, 2022 

This Canadian Conservation Institute webinar series is co-presented by the Ontario Museum Association (OMA) and Galeries Ontario / Ontario Galleries (GOG). Interested participants are those who are currently or will be involved in photodocumentation projects within a heritage institution. Participants are expected to have a fundamental knowledge of camera settings and functions (such as ISO and aperture) and a basic understanding of lighting equipment as this information will not be reviewed in the webinar. Participants should also possess practical computer skills.

Learn more HERE.

Employment Opportunity: 
OMA Professional Development
Program Manager
Deadline to Apply: Thursday December 15, 2022 at 11:59pm ET

The Ontario Museum Association is hiring a Professional Development Program Manager. Working with the Council, staff and members of the Ontario Museum Association, and reporting to the Executive Director, the Professional Development (PD) Program Manager will play a key role in the delivery of timely and engaging learning opportunities for Ontario’s museums that foster the pursuit of excellence in museum practice.

Read the full Position Description HERE.

Sector News

Library and Archives Canada opens
New Preservation Storage Facility

Government of Canada

Thursday, November 24, 2022 – Library and Archives Canada (LAC) celebrated today the opening of its new state-of-the-art Preservation Storage Facility in Gatineau, Quebec. A plaque was unveiled and guests toured the site at the event, which was attended by, among others, the Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage; the Honourable Mona Fortier, President of the Treasury Board of Canada; the Honourable Steven MacKinnon, Chief Government Whip and Member of Parliament for Gatineau; LAC and Plenary Properties Gatineau executives; and representatives from Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg Nation.

Completed earlier this year, the new facility enhances LAC’s storage capacity and provides optimum environmental conditions for the long-term preservation and safekeeping of Canada’s documentary heritage.

Read more HERE.

Library and Archives Canada - This morning, we marked the official opening of our Preservation Storage Facility in @ville_gatineau This state-of-the-art facility is an environmental marvel, providing a significant increase in safe, long-term storage space for our collection. http://ow.ly/GZEA50LN4Pg
Ontario Trillium Foundation celebrates 40 years of building healthy and vibrant communities

On November 17, 2022, OTF marked its 40th anniversary of working with the non-profit sector to lead change that matters to communities. Since 1982, OTF has invested in the vital work of Ontario’s non-profit sector to improve the well-being of Ontarians. OTF is celebrating this milestone by sharing stories, memories and highlights of the important work happening across our communities.

Learn more HERE.
Watch a celebratory video HERE.
Reminder: OTF Resilient Communities Fund
Applications due December 7 at 5pm

This fund supports the recovery efforts of organizations impacted by COVID-19 and helps them respond with immediate, medium, and longer-term recovery projects.

Read more and apply HERE.
Media Coverage

Upcoming Webinar:
Soup-Slinging Syrup Showdowns -
Why Galleries and Museums Are Increasingly Sites of Climate Protests

BC Museums Association

Thursday December 8, 2022
10:00 - 11:30 am PT

Join Caitlin Southwick, Founder and Executive Director of Ki Culture, Kirsty Robertson, Associate Professor (Contemporary Art and Museum and Curatorial Studies), Director of Museum and Curatorial Studies at Western University, and Camille-Mary Sharp, Faculty Fellow in New York University's Program in Museum Studies, for a challenging, stimulating, and reflexive conversation exploring why galleries and museums are sites of climate protests and what we can do to step up as allies in fighting for a sustainable future.

Read more and register HERE.


The National Trust for Canada 
accepting submissions for the
Next Great Save competition

Complete your Full Submission by December 16, 2022

The National Trust for Canada is accepting submissions from community groups that would like to participate in the Next Great Save competition. Their mission is to help a community save a heritage place that matters to them, with a $50,000 prize generously provided by Ecclesiastical Insurance. The prize money can be used for a project that will adapt, renew or improve the heritage place for the future, and inspire us all in the process.

The Next Great Save competition will take place from October 22, 2022, through February 23, 2023.

Read more and apply HERE.

City of Guelph Museums & Culture wins
Best Collaborative Program award

'Reshaping Ruins,' an art project organized by the City of Guelph Museums & Culture, along with artistis-in-residence Silas Chinsen, Sophia Chilton and Caleb Bray, won the Best Collaborative Program award - part of the Ontario Culture Days Festival Spotlight Recognition Program.

The interactive art project aimed to reanimate the Goldie Mill Ruins with community-made visual art, poetry and music. The final event featured the ambient sound and projections of paintings, light, and video footage of life in Guelph, all of which interacted with the audience movements, casting shadows onto the three-story building.

Read more HERE.
Canadian Museum of History
highlights activism, accomplishments of 
Anishinaabe activist, Autumn Peltier

A new display at the Canadian Museum of History in Ottawa will highlight the activism and accomplishments of Anishinaabe water-rights advocate Autumn Peltier. The display will be available for the public to view until January 8, 2023.

The museum display features items related to her international advocacy for clean water rights, including the dress she wore when she addressed the United Nations General Assembly in 2018 about the issue of contaminated water in First Nation communities across the country.

Read more HERE.

Colleague Updates
The OMA congratulates these members of our museum community on their recent awards, appointments and retirements, and we wish them all the best in their
future endeavours!
Laura Suchan is saying goodbye to the Oshawa Museum after more than 30 years. Currently the executive director, Suchan started with the museum in 1989 as a curatorial assistant. She will be retiring at the end of December.

Read more HERE.
Kristin Ives, long-time curator with Essex Region Conservation Authority, has been named president of the Ontario Historical Society. “We are so incredibly proud of Kris and she is most deserving of this honour,” said ERCA chief administrator Tim Byrne.

Read more HERE.
Joanne Bowers is recognized for her work at the Northern Ontario Railroad Museum and Heritage Centre in Capreol. At the railroad museum, Bowers is implementing the ambitious plans of the volunteer board and coming up with some new initiatives.

Read more HERE.
Rima Boles of the Niagara Pumphouse Arts Centre was honoured with a Women in Business Award. She was nominated for her outstanding leadership in the arts as director of the Pumphouse for the past eight years.

Read more HERE.
Dr. Vicki Sung-yeon Kwon has been appointed as the inaugural Curator of Korean Art & Culture at the Royal Ontario Museum. “We are delighted to welcome Dr. Vicki Kwon to ROM,” says Josh Basseches, ROM Director & CEO.

Read more HERE.
Taqralik Partridge joins AGO in newly-created position of Associate Curator of Indigenous Art – Inuit Art Focus. She comes to the AGO from Galerie SAW Gallery in Ottawa, where she was director of Nordic Lab and co-lead of the Inuit Futures in Arts Leadership project.

Read more HERE and HERE.
Kelly Langgard has been named as Toronto Arts Council and Toronto Arts Foundation's new Director & CEO. “I am honoured to be joining Toronto Arts Council and Toronto Arts Foundation to build on their leadership in fostering Toronto’s vital arts scene."

Read more HERE.
In Memoriam
Judith Alix, whose name graces the public art gallery in Sarnia’s downtown, has died. She was 80. The Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery, which she and her husband helped build through a generous $1.5-million donation, is one of several gifts the Sarnia couple and the foundation they created have made to the community.

Read more HERE.
What's On
Toronto Railway Museum
Sharks vs. Trains
Port Colborne Historical and Marine Museum
Grand Old Christmas Festival
Fieldcote Memorial Park & Museum
The Big Sing!
Diefenbunker: Canada's Cold War Museum
Exhibition Walkthrough with Artist Christos Pantieras
In the Media
Ontario Regiment Museum – one of Oshawa’s best kept secrets
'Keep me Warm at Night' Port Colborne Historical and Marine Museum's newest exhibit
Ken Seiling Waterloo Region Museum picking up the strands of Indigenous history in Waterloo Region
Massive beading project adorns one of the walls of the Sault Museum
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OMA's 50th Anniversary
2022 is the Ontario Museum Association’s 50th Anniversary! We are celebrating 50 years of advancing a strong museum sector for Ontario with staff and volunteers from the province’s 700 museums, galleries, and heritage sites. To commemorate this occasion, we are hosting a year-long series of online activities, culminating at the OMA Annual Conference 2022 in November.
We welcome everyone to join the celebration of our 50th anniversary
and to visit a museum near you!

Learn more about our 50th Anniversary HERE.

Severine Craig and Anna Patterson from Dundas Museum and Archive at OMA Annual Conference 2022 in Hamilton, ON.
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