Federal Government Extends Support Programs

Aug 05, 2021
Need to Know
Government of Canada Extends Pandemic
Business Support Measures

Including Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS),
Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy and Lockdown Support

To support Canadians and Canadian businesses through the pandemic, the government introduced a comprehensive set of support measures, including the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy, Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy and Lockdown Support. These programs have supported millions of workers and continue to adapt as the pandemic evolves.

In this context, the Government of Canada is proposing to extend these measures until October 23, 2021, and increase the wage and rent subsidy rates between August 29 and September 25, 2021.

The government is also proposing technical changes and clarifications to increase flexibility and certainty for organizations using these programs and the Canada Recovery Hiring Program introduced in Budget 2021. 

Eligible employers would still also be able to apply for the new Canada Recovery Hiring Program instead of the wage subsidy if they so choose. The hiring program provides alternative support for businesses affected by the pandemic and helps them hire workers, and increase workers' hours or wages, as the economy reopens. The hiring program is available from June 6, 2021 until November 20, 2021, allowing employers to shift from the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy to this new support, at a pace that works for them.

Read more HERE.

At the OMA
Webinar: Reopening Museums
Safely with PSHSA


Thursday, August 12, 2021
10:00am - 11:00am 
Join Public Services Health and Safety Association (PSHSA) Health and Safety Consultants Rob Oliver and Janice Gallant for a webinar about how to reopen museums safely in your roles as both workplaces and public attractions.

The goal of this webinar is to provide information that supports a healthy, safe and successful re-opening of museums. The one hour webinar will:

  • Overview the Provincial Step 3 Reopening Requirements for Museums.
  • Identify protective strategies, measures and resources to support a health and safe reopening for you and your visitors. 
  • Provide the opportunity to discuss key questions related to the application of the requirements in a museum setting.

Register HERE. 


Janice Gallant, RN, CRSP, CHSC, COHN(C)  
Health and Safety Consultant, GTA, Central West
Public Services Health and Safety Association
Rob Oliver, HBSc, MHSc, CRSP
Health and Safety Consultant
Public Services Health and Safety Association
Certificate in Museum Studies Curriculum Review
– Have your say starting next week!

As OMA members you have been so generous with your time in this past year as we gathered data and asked for feedback, and we truly appreciate it!
Next week you will have an opportunity to provide input into the Certificate in Museum Studies (CMS) program curriculum review process. Please share your feedback, especially if you have taken CMS courses or employed people who have taken CMS courses. Help us make a great program even better!
The Ontario Museum Association has contracted consulting firm Nordicity along with learning consultants Pure & Applied to complete the revision of the CMS program curriculum. This review will ensure that the program content and delivery methods are current, inclusive, comprehensive, and accessible. The survey that will be released next week will inform this review.
The OMA Certificate in Museum Studies is the only museum studies training program in Ontario offered on a part-time basis for museum workers, both paid and volunteer. Courses are taught by practitioners in the field whose theoretical knowledge and practical experience helps participants to learn best practice and meet the Standards for Community Museums in Ontario.
In order to be as accessible as possible to OMA members from all parts of Ontario, and to expose participants to real-world scenarios, courses are offered either as on-site workshops at museums across the province (face-to-face), or over several weeks online.
This program has been in existence since 1981 and has undergone several reviews in its lifespan. The program currently consists of nine courses. Find out more about the CMS program here.

Decision-Making in the Museum
Present and Future

Call for Proposals Deadline is Next Week!
Deadline: Friday, August 13, 2021

Do you have a project to share? Present a webinar!
Do you have an idea to discuss? Host a Member Check-in!
Do you have another idea? Let us know!

The OMA is currently accepting proposals for Webinars and Member Check-ins on the theme of Decision-Making in the Museum Present and Future.

Read the Call for Proposals and find out how to submit HERE.

Questions? Email Mary Collier at pd@museumsontario.ca.

OMA Awards of Excellence Nominations Deadline Extended: August 9, 2021
 There is Still Time to Recognize Inspiring Individuals!

The deadline for nominations to the Awards of Excellence 2021 has been extended until August 9, 2021 for the following Award category:

  • Promising Leadership

Step up to thank those colleagues that are dedicated to supporting and energizing our community. Self-nominations are also encouraged!

Learn more HERE.
Submit your nomination HERE.

The OMA Joins LinkedIn!

You can now follow the OMA's brand new LinkedIn page, where we'll share updates and opportunities to support museum professionals. 

Follow our page at: www.linkedin.com/company/museumsontario/

Upcoming OMA Dates

August 9: Deadline:
Nominations for Promising Leadership OMA Award of Excellence
Learn more HERE.
Submit your nomination HERE.

August 12, 10am: Webinar: Reopening Museums Safely with PSHSA.
Register HERE.

August 13: First Deadline: Call for Proposals: Participate in shaping the 2021-2022 professional development series “Decision-Making in the Museum Present and Future.” Read more HERE!

August 31, 10am: Webinar with Overlap Associates: An Introduction to Human-Centred Design & Creative Problem Solving. Save the date!

September 20: Start date: CMS: Collections Management. Read more HERE.

September 27: Start date: CMS: Museums & the Community. Read more HERE.
New and Renewing OMA Members
Art Museum at the University of Toronto
Bancroft North Hastings Heritage Museum
Bank of Canada Museum
Canadian Military Heritage Museum
Cloyne and District Historical Society
Ermatinger Clergue National Historic Site
First Hussars Museum
Gallery Arcturus/The Foundation for the Study of Objective Art
Goulbourn Museum
Military Communications and Electronics Museum
Pickering Museum Village
Sarah & Chaim Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre
South Dumfries Historical Society
Wallaceburg and District Museum
Wellington County Museum and Archives
Sector News
Reminder: 2021 Government of Canada Survey of Heritage Institutions

How has your heritage organization or site been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic?
The Department of Canadian Heritage is conducting the Government of Canada Survey of Heritage Institutions for the 2020 data year. The purpose of this year’s survey is to gain economic and sector characteristic data with particular emphasis on the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on Canada’s heritage sector. Survey results will be used to monitor changes in the sector, measure performance, and make comparisons to other data sources to better understand the sector as well as assist in the development of national and regional policies and programs.
Canadian Heritage will be sending out the survey this week (week of August 2ndvia email. It has been streamlined to ensure user-friendliness and quick responses. We ask that you please take time to answer the survey, as each response is needed in order to accurately measure the effects of last year’s pandemic on the heritage sector.

For more information about the survey, please email the Department of Canadian Heritage at PCH.infoegcep-gcshiinfo.PCH@canada.ca

Government of Canada Survey of Heritage Institutions (GCSHI)
Heritage Policy and Programs Branch
Department of Canadian Heritage, Gouverment of Canada
25 Eddy Street, Gatineau, Quebec, K1A-0M5
OMA Note on the 2021 GCSHI
The data collected in the Government of Canada Survey of Heritage Institutions (GCSHI) are incredibly valuable to the sector and provide the OMA with strong evidence that we use for advocacy. The OMA and other Museums Associations used GCSHI data to successfully advocate for broader eligibility for last year's federal-level COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund for Cultural, Heritage and Sport Organizations

We encourage all museums in Ontario to take the time to complete the Survey!
Ontario Culture Days 2021
Register Events by Friday August 6th!

Register your events and activities for the Ontario Culture Days 2021 festival by this Friday to enjoy promotional and marketing benefits, including consideration to be included in the “Day in the Life” video series and a feature on the Ontario Culture Days website!

Read more HERE.

Province Announces Ontario Place Redevelopment

The Ontario government has announced details of its plan to revitalize Ontario Place into a world-class destination. Three successful participants from the 2019 Call for Development process Therme Group, Live Nation and Écorécréo Group will help deliver an exciting, inclusive and family friendly experience that will play a key role in the province’s post-pandemic recovery, both as a tourism destination and as a display of Ontario’s strong cultural identity. The government also outlined the next phase of consultations with stakeholders and community members.

Starting in August, the government will launch the next phase of engagement through Ontario.ca/OntarioPlace, providing an opportunity for all Ontarians to share how they would like to experience a redeveloped Ontario Place. Virtual public information sessions will also be held in the fall with planning and development consultations related to the site-wide environmental assessment, heritage, and site servicing to follow later in the year. The redevelopment website, Ontario.ca/OntarioPlace, will be kept up to date with the latest information about planned public and stakeholder engagement.

Read the News Release HERE.

OMA Recommendations for Ontario Place
In response to the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries' December 2020 White Paper  "Reconnecting Ontarians, Re-Emerging as a Global Leader", the OMA recommended the following for Ontario Place:

"Ontario Place, as a showcase of the province, has the potential to join other leading institutions as a museum space for both Ontarians and visitors. The site redevelopment can utilize museum expertise in storytelling, visitor engagement, and exhibition to build quality experiences. The Ontario Museum Association, working with leading Ontario institutions like the Royal Ontario Museum, Art Gallery of Ontario, and the Ontario Science Centre, can provide vital guidance on the development of a museum presence at Ontario Place. Emerging models such as those used by Myseum of Toronto can also be implemented to enable a nimble and people-focused approach to engagement, possibly including the development of site-specific museum programming. Engagement with Indigenous communities, communities of colour, other equity-seeking populations, and networks of museums from across the province can enable the telling of a fulsome story of the province within the Ontario Place landscape. The model currently used to develop the Community Exhibits Program at the Ontario Legislature building could be expanded—giving all Ontario communities a chance to be showcased within the expanded Tourism Hub of Toronto.

Projects can be impermanent, digitally-supported, and community-led, with some selected models:
• Myseum of Toronto’s Wigwam Chi-Chemung Indigenous cultural centre pop-up on the waterfront
• Toronto History Museums’ Awakenings—a cross-sectoral intervention at Toronto historic sites to address the lack of representation in the stories of Toronto’s history"

Read the OMA's full Response to the MHSTCI Reconnecting Ontarians White Paper HERE. 
Minister MacLeod Launches
#RediscoverON Campaign

Use #RediscoverON this August!

Throughout the summer, the Honourable Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries, will be sharing a newly-launched #RediscoverON podcast to showcase all Ontario has to offer.

Listen to the July 29th episode HERE. 

Minister MacLeod invites you and your team to become #RediscoverON Ambassadors for the month of August. By showcasing your organizations through your eyes, you will help restore confidence in these critical sectors and encourage Ontarians to #RediscoverON this summer. As a #RediscoverON Ambassador you can have fun while helping the heritage, sport, tourism and culture sectors in your own community. You are invited to promote a local itinerary that includes your pride of place; from iconic landmarks, to cultural attractions, trails and parks and must-try eateries, there is no better time to experience and explore all our province has to offer; the world in one province. Be sure to share your adventures and operations on social media using #RediscoverON! Throughout Minister MacLeod's summer tour across the province, she will be following your suggestions and highlighting the great places and businesses you are sharing.

In the Media
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Niagara-on-the-Lake Museum book showcases women making their mark
Guelph Civic Museum joins the lluminate Downtown Guelph project
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COVID-19 Resources

The OMA has prepared a dedicated webpage of COVID-19 communications and resources, updated as new information and resources become available.
Read more HERE.

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