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Dec 08, 2022
OMA Initiatives
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.

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.

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

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
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Upcoming OMA Dates
Provincial News

Free rapid antigen tests for organizations until June 30, 2023
Government of Ontario

The Provincial Antigen Screening Program (PASP) is being extended until June 30, 2023. This program extension will ensure continued access to rapid antigen tests (RATs) for all workplaces that are open and require staff to be onsite.

PASP provides free rapid antigen tests to high-risk communities, organizations and workplaces. Workplaces can continue to apply to the PASP through the Ontario Together Portal, and order RATs through regular distribution channels.

For questions regarding the PASP, contact
Read more and apply HERE.

Ontario providing $4.9 million to 24 tourism projects in Northern Ontario
Government of Ontario

The Ontario government is providing $4.9 million through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) to 24 tourism projects in Northern Ontario. This investment will help create jobs, expand business operations, stimulate economic development and attract visitors to the north. On November 22, 2022, Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development, made the announcement at the Northern Ontario Tourism Summit. 

Recipients of NOHFC funding include:

  • $162,000 for Gore Bay Museum to restore its glass canopy and replace its roof
  • $300,000 for Destination Northern Ontario to transition the delivery of its training services to an online platform in response to COVID-19
  • $70,000 for Destination Northern Ontario to create francophone travel itineraries that showcase eight partner communities – Cochrane and Timmins; Hearst and Kapuskasing; Kenora; North Bay; Sault Ste. Marie; Sudbury; Temiskaming Shores; Thunder Bay – participating in the project

“Through the NOHFC, our government is supporting unique and innovative tourism projects that will bring people together – while maximizing the growth potential and competitiveness of Northern Ontario’s tourism sector,” said Neil Lumsden, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport.

Read the New Release HERE.

Today at the Northern Ontario Tourism Summit, I was pleased to announce more than $4.9M through the @NOHFC to 24 tourism projects in Northern Ontario. These investments will help northern tourism operations expand their offerings & create jobs. 
- Greg Rickford, Kenora-Rainy River MPP. Minister of Northern Development and Minister of Indigenous Affairs (Twitter: @GregRickford)
Stratford-Perth Museum receives $50,000 from OTF to bring visitors back for live performances
The Stratford Beacon Herald

A much-needed boost in the form of a nearly $50,000 Ontario Trillium Foundation grant helped the Stratford-Perth Museum bring back visitors with a series of live performances at the museum’s new outdoor and indoor theatre spaces following the lifting of pandemic restrictions earlier this year.

On Wednesday November 9, 2022, Perth-Wellington MPP Matthew Rae joined museum general manager John Kastner to celebrate the $49,900 grant awarded to the museum through the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s Community Building Fund. “It was one of those unique grants that was really two-fold,” Kastner said. “It helped us operate the Player’s and Cooperators theatres, but also it helped us because it covered things like lights and heat as we sort of came out of COVID. It was really sort of the inaugural season (for the theatre spaces)...”

Read more HERE.

I stopped by @StratPerthMuse this afternoon to congratulate John Kastner and his team on receiving a $49,900 grant through @ONTrillium. The museum plays a pivotal role in the preservation and presentation of @PerthCounty’s rich culture and history.
- Matthew Rae (Twitter: @Rae_Matt), MPP for Perth-Wellington and Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Education
Thousand Islands Boat Museum received OTF funds to create new exhibit space
Gananoque Reporter

In March 2020, the Thousand Islands Boat Museum received a $150,000 Resilient Communities Fund grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF). This funding helped make the opening of OASIZ (Outdoor Activity Space and Interactive Zone), the exciting new Open-Air Exhibit Space possible. Located directly on the Gananoque waterfront, OASIZ will feature constant life with smaller, meaningful open-air workshops and presentations like Family Boatbuilding, Children’s Storytelling, Mini-Birchbark Canoe workshops, and more.

“The Thousand Islands Boat Museum does important work protecting and making accessible our local heritage,” said Steve Clark, MPP for Leeds-Grenville-Thousands Islands and Rideau Lakes.

Read more HERE.

Left to Right: Michelle Clarabut, Programs and Communications Manager, Marine Museum of the Great Lakes at Kingston; Mark Gerretsen, Member of Parliament For Kingston and the Islands; Chris West, Chairman, Marine Museum of the Great Lakes at Kingston; The Honourable Filomena Tassi, Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario); Kelly Pope-Wiley, Vice-Chair, Board of Directors, Marine Museum of the Great Lakes at Kingston; and Doug Cowie, Museum Manager, Marine Museum of the Great Lakes at Kingston. Photo via FedDev Ontario.

Kingston organizations receive nearly
$10M in tourism recovery and community infrastructure support

On November 24, 2022, the Honourable Filomena Tassi, Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), announced an investment of over $9.8 million, through the Tourism Relief Fund (TRF) and the Canada Community Revitalization Fund (CCRF) for 37 projects in Kingston, Frontenac, Lanark, and Lennox and Addington areas that will support community infrastructure enhancements, tourism recovery and economic development in the region.

Recipients include the following OMA members:
$172, 989 - Kingston Association of Museums, Art Galleries & Historic Sites
$304, 000 - Marine Museum of the Great Lakes at Kingston
$65, 323 - The Smiths Falls Heritage House Museum

Read more HERE.

Media Coverage

Kingston area tourism sector to share federal funding - The Kingston Whig Standard
Kingston, Ont. region to receive nearly $10M to grow economy - Global News
FedDev Ontario supports tourism projects in Kingston, Frontenac, Lanark, Lennox and Addington - Kingstonist
Fed funding bolsters tourism infrastructure in several Eastern Ontario counties - Ottawa Business Journal

Peterborough Museum and Archives receives $100K in federal funding to improve signage
The Peterborough Examiner 

The Peterborough Museum and Archives has received $100,000 in federal tourism funding from Regional Tourism Organization 8 (RTO8) for a signage project to attract visitors and support future growth. The funding is from the Tourism Relief Fund, delivered by the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario). The project involves a rebranding of the museum’s visual identifier, campus way-finding on the museum grounds atop Armour Hill and revitalized signage, the release states.

“The generous support of FedDev Ontario allows the PMA to move forward on refreshing its public image and expanding its capacity to better serve visitors — from near and far,” stated museum director Susan Neale.

Read more HERE.
Elgin County Railway Museum receives tourism funding to enhance its event venue
94.1 St. Thomas Today

A power boost for the Elgin County Railway Museum. Thanks to an almost $100,000 grant through FedDev Ontario, the museum is able to upgrade its antiquated electrical system. With the upgrade, the museum will be able to book larger events and improve the heating inside the former Michigan Central Railroad shops.

Listen to museum Board Director, John Shapendonk, explain the work undertaken HERE.

North Bay Area Museum Society recipient of Ontario's Seniors Community Grant

On Monday November 28, Nipissing MPP Vic Fedeli announced that this year’s Seniors Community Grant project will provide funding to four local groups to help seniors experience education workshops.

The North Bay Area Museum Society will get $12,820 for a project that will allow the North Bay Area Museum Society to create new monthly programs to connect seniors to the North Bay community. Programs include tours, workshops and historical talks.

“The funding received from the Seniors Community Grant will allow the museum to partner with local artists, businesses, and historians to provide workshops and events that encourage seniors to be active and socially engaged within the North Bay community," said Naomi Hehn, Director/Curator of the North Bay Area Museum Society.

Read more HERE.

RTO6 Announces Support for Tourism Recovery in York, Durham and Headwaters
Central Counties Tourism

On December 5, Central Counties Tourism announced support for 118 tourism businesses and organizations in York, Durham and Headwaters to recover from the pandemic and prepare for future growth.

RTO6 received $8.65 million through the Government of Canada’s Tourism Relief Fund, delivered by the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), to help local tourism organizations and businesses safely welcome back visitors, recover from the impacts of the pandemic, create jobs and prepare for future growth.

Museum recipients include: 

  • Pickering Museum Village,
  • Sharon Temple National Historic Site & Museum
  • Theatre on the Ridge for new shows at Scugog Shores Museum Village
  • The Friends of the Markham Museum  
  • The Robert McLaughlin Gallery
  • Uxbridge-Scott Historical Society, and
  • York-Durham Heritage Railway

Read more HERE.
Read the full list of recipients and projects HERE.

Region of Waterloo Museum supports Indigenous land-based site
The Waterloo Region Record

Ken Seiling Waterloo Region Museum provides space for an Indigenous education and healing centre. Founder Clarence Cachagee of the Crow Shield Lodge, said the structures represent the four pillars of healing, education, land stewardship and Reconciliation. The new outdoor site will also be a way for Indigenous people to get back to their roots, with traditional ceremonies and smudging led by Indigenous elders and officiants. Working with local outreach groups, the lodge aims to serve and support those living on the margins of society.

“The vision for Crow Shield Lodge came to me about six years ago because I noticed how much it benefited myself and others when we made our way back to the land, when we could find a pathway back to the land, back to culture, back to ceremonies, back to who we are, because we're land-based people,” said Cachagee.

Read more HERE.

Report -
Broken Links: Driving Technology Adoption within Ontario’s Small Businesses

Ontario Chamber of Commerce

The business case for digitization took on new heights during the COVID-19 pandemic, as consumers moved online and employers were pushed to use technology in new ways. However, technology adoption can be an uphill battle and small businesses and nonprofits. Often nonprofits are excluded from technology adoption programs despite their indispensable economic contributions. The Ontario Chamber of Commerce has published a new policy brief that advocates for government to broaden eligibility for technology adoption programs to include nonprofits.

Read the report HERE.
Out-of-Province News
CRA releases new guidance on funding
The Government of Canada

Earlier this year, the government passed legislation to make it easier for registered charities to work with and fund non-charities. The CRA has now released draft guidance for charities on how to adhere to the new laws. They’re asking for feedback from the public, and the deadline to submit is January 31, 2023.

Read the draft guidance HERE.
Submit your feedback by January 31, 2023 HERE.
Upcoming webinar:
Building community through diversifying partners and audience representation - Part 1
National Trust for Canada

Tuesday December 13, 2022
12:00 - 1:00 pm ET
Registration required

This webinar will offer an informed exploration of diversity, inclusion, and anti-racism in historic places and equip participants to transform their storytelling going forward with confidence. This webinar will identify potential barriers to more inclusive ways of storytelling, and provide opportunities for intercultural knowledge sharing and exchange, to identify best practices in telling more diverse stories.

This webinar will be available as part of their "Diversity and Inclusion in Historic Places Resource Kit" for Historic Places Days 2023. This series will be presented with Karen Carter.

Read more and register HERE.

Upcoming webinar:
A Look at ICOM Prague 2022
ICOM Canada

Thursday December 8, 2022
6:00 pm ET
No registration required

A lively discussion about ICOM Prague 2022. The webinar will be hosted by ICOM Canada’s Elka Weinstein and Michele Rivet, and will feature our bursary recipients: Heidi Weber, doctoral candidate at Université du Quebec a Montréal, and Sophie Zhou, graduate of Centennial College.

Join the webinar HERE.

In the Media
The Big Portage: How The Canadian Canoe Museum Will Move 600 Historical Boats
Scenes From The 2022 Festival Of Trees at Kawartha Settlers' Village
Oil Museum accepts another provincial award
Black Creek Pioneer Village, Dundurn Castle, and Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons are infused with all things traditional Christmas
OMA's 50th Anniversary
OMA Council Member Professor Cara Krmpotich (left, University of Toronto) and former OMA Council member Alexander Gates (Canadian Automotive Museum, Oshawa) celebrate the OMA's 50th Anniversary at the OMA Conference 2022 in Hamilton, November 7. 
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.

Make a donation to the OMA!

Whether you choose to give the price of a cup of coffee or donate $50 for 50 years, any and all donations are appreciated.

We thank you for your donation in support of the OMA's ongoing operations!
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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. Your support, participation, and membership make our work possible.

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. Thank you for your support!
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