Aug. 2nd Deadline for Federal Recovery Fund for Heritage Organizations

Jul 07, 2022
Need to Know
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.

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 have completed the Applicant Profile section, which includes uploading required documents. If you have previously created an Applicant Profile, do not create another. 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. Remember to check your junk mail folder and contact if necessary.
While the deadline to apply for funding is August 2, 2022, applicants are encouraged to apply early as funds are limited.
Telephone: 1-866-811-0055
TTY (Teletype for the hearing impaired): 1-888-997-3123
OTF Capital grant
Deadline: August 3, 2022

Capital grants provide funding over one year (min. $10,000 to max. $150,000) to help organizations respond to the capital needs of Ontario’s communities by improving the infrastructure Ontarians need to thrive. Applications open July 6, 2022.
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At the OMA

Upcoming Certificate in Museum Studies
Course Registrations

Registration Opens Monday, July 11, 2022

Collections Management
Format: Online
Course dates: September 19 - November 27, 2022
Course Director: Janet Reid, Markham Museum

Organization & Management of Museums
Format: Online
Course dates: September 19 - November 27, 2022
Course Director: Kathleen Powell, St. Catharines Museum & Welland Canals Centre

Registration Opens Monday, July 25, 2022

Education Programs
Format: Online
Course dates: October 3 - December 11, 2022
Course 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

New and Renewing OMA Members
Arts Consulting Group
Callander Bay Heritage Museum & Alex Dufresne Art Gallery
Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre
Canadian Museum of Water
Collingwood Museum
Hammond Museum of Radio
Huronia Museum & Huron Ouendat Village
Iron Bridge Historical Museum
Kay-Nah-Chi-Wah-Nung Historical Centre
London Regional Children's Museum
Lynde House Museum & Warren General Store
Muskoka Lakes Museum
Nipigon Historical Museum
Nipissing Township Museum
Port Colborne Historical and Marine Museum
South Dumfries Historical Society
The R. Tait McKenzie Memorial Museum
Thunder Bay Art Gallery
TOTAL Fine Arts
Ukrainian Canadian Art Foundation / KUMF™ Gallery
Upper Canada Village
Workers' History Museum
Sector News
Toronto History Museum's Awakenings is a 2022 AASLH award winner

The Awakenings program is a recent recipient of the 2022 American Association for State and Local History’s Leadership in History Awards. Awakenings is a series of art projects created within Toronto History Museums, utilizing storytelling while operating under the principles of anti-oppression, anti-colonialism, anti-racism, sustainability, and advocacy.

Read more HERE.

Image: Luminary, Mary Ann Shad project installed at Mackenzie House

Call for Artists: 2022 Awakenings Artist Mentorship

Esteemed curator Ashley McKenzie-Barnes has partnered with Toronto History Museums to offer mentorship to 10 artists in developing artwork responding to an anti-pression and anti-racism Awakening, to be presented at Toronto History Museums across the city. This mentorship opportunity is open to emerging and mid-career artists (21 years +) working in contemporary visual art, design and interdisciplinary practices with a focus on projects from the 2SLGBTQ+ community.

Read more HERE.
Region of Waterloo Museums will soon host an Indigenous healing and education site
The Waterloo Region Record

A land-based healing and educational site for Indigenous people will soon be located at the Ken Seiling Waterloo Region Museum and Doon Heritage Village. Regional councillors voted in favour of a licensing agreement allowing Crow Shield Lodge to operate “a land-based healing, teaching, ceremonial, land stewardship and education site” at the museum on Huron Road in Kitchener.

Read more HERE.


Join the Canadian War Museum to watch a live stream of the National Apology to descendants and families of the No. 2 Construction Battalion

On July 9th, the Government of Canada will make a National Apology to the relatives and descendants of the members of No. 2 Construction Battalion that served with distinction in the First World War but faced anti-Black racism. The event will be broadcast live across Canada on Eastlink Community TV and online. Register HERE.

This occasion is part of a series of events hosted by The Black Cultural Centre for Nova Scotia in collaboration with the Department of National Defence in Honour and Remembrance of the No. 2 Construction Battalion. Read more HERE.

The Canadian War Museum is sending a commemorative quilt entitled, "The Legacy Shadow Quilt," which will be displayed in Nova Scotia on July 9th. The Museum holds other artifacts and archival material related to the No.2 Construction Battalion. Learn more HERE.

"On behalf of the Government of Canada, I am very proud to commemorate the No. 2 Construction Battalion's significant role in Canada's history. The Battalion's legacy in Nova Scotia and the African-Canadian community represents the endurance of Black Canadians, who confronted prejudice and inequality to make a place for themselves in Canada's military. Historic designations commemorate all aspects of Canada's history. I encourage all Canadians to learn more about the No. 2 Construction Battalion and its important contribution to Canada's heritage."

Darrell Samson, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, and Member of Parliament for Sackville-Preston-Chezzetcook

Read the full press release HERE.

Colleague Updates
The OMA congratulates these members of our museum community on their recent appointments and retirements, and we wish them all the best in their future endeavours!
Margaret Beckel
Canadian Museum of Nature

Congratulations to Margaret on her retirement from the Canadian Museum of Nature!

Margaret, who held the position of President & CEO, retired in early June after leading Canada’s national museum of natural history and natural sciences for 11 years.

Angela Cassie
National Gallery of Canada (NGC)

The Board of Trustees of the NGC is pleased to announce the appointment of Angela Cassie, Chief Strategy and Inclusion Officer at NGC, as Interim Director & CEO. Angela will assume her new duties on July 10, 2022 and will continue to implement the Gallery’s first-ever strategic plan—Transform Together.

“I look forward to building on the gains we have made and working towards a future in which art has the power to build bridges, deepen relations, and advance a more equitable society,” said Cassie.

Read more HERE.

Dr. Ruby Edet
Capital Heritage Connexion

Dr. Ruby Edet appointed Executive Director, Capital Heritage Connexion (starting June 20, 2022).

Dr. Ruby Edet is an adept leader with over ten years of experience in Leadership internationally and in Canada. She is passionate about heritage and fostering diversity.

Read more HERE.
Valerie Huaco
Royal Ontario Museum

Josh Basseches, Director & CEO of ROM is pleased to announce the appointment of Valerie Huaco as Deputy Director for Collections & Research and Chief Innovation Officer.

“This is such an exciting time to join the Museum, as it leads a broad cultural re-emergence. I look forward to supporting access to collections and partnering with community to continue development of Canada’s premier collection," says Huaco.

Read more HERE.
Tim Johnson
Niagara Parks

Niagara Parks is pleased to announce the appointment of one of its long-standing colleagues, Tim Johnson, as Senior Advisor Heritage and Legacy.

Tim will be providing oversight and lead accountability and responsibility for the newly named Heritage and Legacy Department and delivery of cultural stewardship services to meet the growing needs of Niagara Parks and its guests.

Read more HERE.
Claudette Commanda
The University of Ottawa

The University of Ottawa is proud to appoint First Nations activist Claudette Commanda as the first Indigenous leader to be named Chancellor in the university’s 174-year history.

“This means honour, pride, and happiness to me, but it also means bringing the validation and recognition that Algonquin people have so much to contribute, and we continue to contribute," said Commanda.

Read more HERE.

Anne-Marie Pham
Centre for Diversity and Inclusion (CCDI)

The Board of Directors of the CCDI appointed Anne-Marie Pham as the organization's new Chief Executive Officer – CEO.

"Anne-Marie is a seasoned professional with a unique set of skills and perspectives promoting diversity and inclusion in the workplace across Canada," said Marni Panas, Director and Chair of the Board

Read more HERE.

PD Opportunities

Where Resilience & Culture Meet: Course 1 - Trauma Informed Certification Training
Kingston Association of Museums, Art Galleries & Historic Sites and Pathways to Education

Tuesday, July 12, 2022
9:00am – 12:00pm ET
Registration Fees

Led by the Pathways to Education (Kingston) Team, trauma informed training provides participants with the knowledge on how trauma impacts a person's life and ability to function in the world. This training will empower staff to use a trauma informed lens when interacting with community members that may not feel comfortable or may be having difficulty within the museum environment. Participants will receive Trauma Informed Certification upon the completion of the training.

Read more and register HERE.

Transition to Ontario's Not-for-Profit Corporations Act (ONCA)
Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO)

ONCA replaced Ontario’s Corporations Act on October 19, 2021. Nonprofits will have 3 years to update their bylaws and letters patent to comply with ONCA. CLEO resources will help you understand whether:

  • the ONCA applies to you
  • if it does, when you have to start making changes
  • what changes you may need to make

CLEO has detailed six steps to help you prepare for the ONCA by updating your bylaws.

Read more HERE.

OMA & CLEO Webinar: Ontario Not-for-Profit Corporations Act -
Planning the transition for your museum

Recorded December 3, 2021
Speaker: Benjamin Miller

This webinar walks through what is new in the ONCA, steps nonprofits need to take to transition to the ONCA, and how CLEO’s free resources can help you create ONCA compliant bylaws from scratch or adapt your current bylaws.

Watch the webinar recording HERE.
Preserving Ukraine’s Cultural Heritage and Historical Record
Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy

Friday July 8, 2022
12:00 - 1:30pm ET


  • Anatolii Khromov, Head of the State Archival Service of Ukraine.
  • Anna E. Kijas, Head of Lilly Music Library at Tufts University and a co-founder of Saving Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Online (
  • Oksana Kuzmenko, Leading Research Fellow of the Department of Social Anthropology of The Ethnology Institute National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine.
  • Bohdan Shumylovych, an art historian, Head of Public History Programs at the Center for Urban History and Associate Professor at the Ukrainian Catholic University (Lviv).
  • Catarina Buchatskiy, the co-founder of the Shadows Project, a Ukrainian cultural organization with the mission of protecting and popularizing Ukrainian history and culture.
  • Chair: Ksenya Kiebuzinski, Co-Director of the Petro Jacyk Program for the Study of Ukraine, Head of the Petro Jacyk Central and East European Resource Centre, University of Toronto Libraries

Read more and register HERE.

Emergency and Disaster Preparedness in Museums
Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC)

Wednesday July 13, 2022
2:00 - 3:00pm ET

Learn what you need to know about creating an emergency and disaster plan—or ensuring that your existing plan is current and inclusive of a range of possible situations. Join the ASTC and the Association of Children’s Museums, experts from the museum community, and relevant Federal (American) agencies for this informational session about preparing your facility and staff for emergency situations.

Read more and register HERE.

Canadian Conservation Institute Resources:
#OMAConf2022 Registration Open
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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.

Tradeshow and Partnership
In-person tradeshow is back in Hamilton on Monday, November 7, 2022!

Showcase your products to an engaged audience of current and future leaders in the museum field by partnering with the only conference dedicated to Ontario museums. Contact to discuss your OMA tradeshow partnership package.
What's On
Lang Pioneer Village Museum hosts 25th Annual Transportation Day Car & Motorcycle Show - July 10
Hamilton Civic Museums host an immersive experience, "Heirloom Tomatoes Cooking Workshop" -  Aug. 21
Timber Village Museum hosts a group exhibition, "Summer Art Show and Sale" - until Sept 3
Oakville Museums display Costume and Textile Collection in a new exhibition, "Style & Silhouette" - until Sept. 4
In the Media
Coldwater Canadiana Heritage Museum celebrates a dedicated group of volunteers who have owned and operated the historic site for more than 50 years
Heritage Sarnia-Lambton has launched the “passport challenge” and offers participants a chance to win prizes - until Aug. 31
The Scugog Shores Museum will feature the works of Toronto Star cartoonist Jimmie Frise in new exhibit - July 27 to Sept. 2 
Museum on the Boyne recognizes local historian, June Chambers, on the Wall of Honour for 'pivotal' contributions
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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: Donate Now!

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 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 adds to the collective strength of our sector. You can help us build a more resilient museum sector. Thank you for your support!

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