Earlier today Minister Lisa MacLeod (Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries) held a 3rd sector stakeholder tele-townhall with more than 1000 people from across the province. We understand that technical difficulties may have hindered participation for some, and would like to share notes from the call below. We will share a recording of the call when it is made available.
A brief statement recording from the Minister is available HERE.
In addition to the 10-point Action Plan announced March 26 (HERE), Minister MacLeod mentioned:
- Premier Ford and Ministers are participating in daily briefings as the pandemic continues to take a huge economic toll
- there will be regional engagement with MPPs at the local level [See Ontario Plans for Economic Recovery announced today]
- MHSTCI is working to support the province into recovery and through to reemergence
- Minister MacLeod announced the development of an incremental recovery plan, looking at: 3 months, 12 months, 3 years and 5 years to 2025, looking at a number of scenarios
- the Ministry will be developing metrics to assess progress
- the Minister announced nearly $100million in funding for funds like Celebrate Ontario, Ontario Music Fund & the Ontario Trillium Foundation, which support heritage, sport, tourism & culture [we are seeking confirmation if this is new funding]
- Ontario Arts Council looking to release operating grants
- the Ministry is working with the Department of Canadian Heritage; Canadian Heritage is expected to release a culture plan to address COVID-19
The Minister refers to community museums' important work in their communities. Nothing has yet been announced regarding support for museums that are not current recipients of operating grants. We know many non-profit museums are particularly affected, as they generate a majority of their revenue.
The OMA is continuing to advocate for recognition of the need to support and approach Ontario museums as an integral part of the MHSTCI plans for a successful recovery, investing now and post pandemic.
We know some museums were participating in the townhall and hoping to ask a question: Minister MacLeod invites all questions to be sent to her at Minister.MacLeod@ontario.ca. We ask that you cc the OMA (firstname.lastname@example.org) so we can monitor issues arising and help find a response.