Government of Canada on Tourism Recovery

Dec 16, 2021
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Season's greetings from the Ontario Museum Association!
December 17, 2021 will be our last day in the office before our holiday break. As we reflect on the past year, we would like to acknowledge the incredible achievements of the sector. Thank you for for your dedication and commitment to making our communities stronger! We look forward to reconnecting when we're back on January 4, 2022

We thank all of our members and partners for their support and engagement over the last year, and we wish everyone a safe, happy, and healthy holiday season!
Need to Know
Minister Lisa MacLeod to Host
Multi-Sectoral Virtual Webinar
Today! December 16 at 9:00am

Join Minister Lisa MacLeod for a Zoom webinar to discuss recent public health measures impacting Ontario's heritage, sport, tourism and culture industries. A briefing on regulatory changes and their impacts on our sectors will be presented by Assistant Deputy Ministers.

A Zoom link will be sent to all attendees after registration.

Attendees will be able to ask questions via the Q&A function in the Zoom webinar.

Register HERE.  

Ontario Intends to Introduce Capacity
Limit for Large Venues
Office of the Premier

Effective December 18, 2021 at 12:01 a.m. Ontario intends to introduce a 50 per cent capacity limit to the following indoor areas of venues with a usual capacity of 1,000 or more: facilities used for sports and recreational fitness activities; entertainment facilities such as concert venues, theatres and cinemas; racing venues; meeting and event spaces; studio audiences in commercial film and television production; museums, galleries, aquariums, zoos, science centres, landmarks, historic sites, botanical gardens and similar attractions; casinos, bingo halls and other gaming establishments; and fair, rural exhibitions, and festivals.

This measure is being taken to reduce opportunities for close contact in high-risk indoor settings with large crowds and when face coverings/masks are not always worn.

Read the full News Release HERE
For updated information as it becomes available, visit the Government of Ontario website HERE.  

Economic and Fiscal Update 2021
Government of Canada

The document provides Canadians with a transparent report of the nation’s finances and updates Canadians on the government’s plan to finish the fight against COVID-19, support Canadians and Canadian businesses, and ensure a strong recovery for everyone. The government has introduced legislation to adapt pandemic support programs and target them to organizations that have been deeply affected by the pandemic. 

  • The Tourism and Recovery Program would provide wage and rent subsidies up to 75% to organizations in the tourism and hospitality sectors. 
  • The Hardest-Hit Business Recovery Program would provide wage and rent subsidies up to 50% to organizations that have faced deep losses. 
  • The Local Lockdown Program would provide organizations that face new local COVID-19-related lockdowns with up to the maximum amount available through the wage and rent subsidy programs.
    • These programs would be available until May 7, 2022, with the proposed subsidy rates available until March 12, 2022. From March 13 to May 7, 2022, the support would decrease by half.
  • The Highly Affected Sectors Credit Availability Program is extended to March 31, 2022. This program was set to expire on December 31, 2021.
  • The government proposes $60 million in 2022-23 to establish the new Canada Performing Arts Workers Resilience Fund. The government will provide Canadian Heritage with $2.3 million to administer the fund.

Read the News Release HERE
Read the full Update HERE

COVID-19 Rapid Testing Program for
Community Organizations

Non-profits, charities and Indigenous community organizations with frontline workers in Ontario may be eligible to receive free COVID-19 rapid antigen tests and support to implement a screening program for your personnel and the people you serve. If you're a charity, a non-profit or an Indigenous community organization with personnel (staff and volunteers) who work in close proximity to each other or have direct contact with community members, you can apply now!

Read more HERE

Conference Highlights
#OMAConf2021 Highlights
The OMA’s second virtual Annual Conference was a success, and we want to share some highlights from this gathering of the Ontario museum community!
We were pleased to welcome The Honourable Lisa McLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries, who addressed OMA delegates and answered important questions about the future of Ontario's museums.

We also welcomed 228 museum professionals from 80+ different institutions on our virtual platform for a full day of reconnection and rejuvenation.
  • Among delegates, 72 participated for the first time, and we were happy to welcome back 57 conference regulars.
  • Colleagues in different stages of their career and in diverse roles gathered in the conference’s online venue, including 85 emerging museum professionals.
  • Ontario’s heritage organizations are diverse in scope and mission, and this year we welcomed delegates from municipal museums, community museums, historic sites, art galleries, provincial or national museums, and other institutions.  
  • A fully subsidized registration category was offered this year in recognition of the extraordinary circumstances facing the heritage sector this year. We are happy that 61 conference delegates chose this opportunity to attend. 

Throughout the conference, delegates embraced the opportunity to reimagine their practices and the path to recovery. The program sessions were a reflection of the current state of the sector and its future, such as reopening amidst a pandemic, rethinking and reimagining core missions and values, and learning from the public and communities we serve. The “Talking Change, Taking Charge” discussions were similarly about reimagination and looking forward. They were an opportunity to brainstorm and converse about the possibilities that a renewed funding model would bring, how to support a diverse workforce, and the digitalization of museums.

  •  Our program featured 7 conference sessions and 6 celebratory videos, including the Awards of Excellence.
  • The top rated session was the keynote with Micah Parzen: Museum of Us: Reimagining the Museum.
  • With 150 views, our most viewed video was the Awards of Excellence – Projects. 

We have received overwhelmingly positive feedback and are grateful to all of our community members who have shared their experiences with us! About 90% of delegates expressed high levels of satisfaction with the virtual conference, and most would recommend the event to friends and colleagues. We are working towards making next year’s conference even better, so thank you for your feedback and suggestions. 
See you at the OMA Annual Conference in 2022!

Evaluation Survey Draw Winner

Thank you again to everyone who participated in the OMA Annual Conference 2021! We are especially grateful to everyone who provided valuable feedback about the experience in our evaluation survey. We are now excited to announce the winner of the draw for a free registration to the OMA Annual Conference 2022...

... Mike Wallace!
"What a great day that was; from the opening land acknowledgement and the Minister's welcoming comments, through to the sessions, breakouts and keynote. As always, it was a day full of inspiration and useful information. I really look forward to seeing everyone again at next year's conference."

- Mike Wallace
Congratulations, Mike! We look forward to seeing you at next year's Conference. Thank you for your valued feedback.
One more round of applause for the 
Awards of Excellence 2021 Recipients!
Presentation of the Award of Excellence in Exhibitions to the Canadian Automotive Museum, Oshawa, on December 14, 2021. Pictured here is OMA Executive Director, Marie Lalonde (left), and Canadian Automotive Museum's Executive Director and Curator, Alexander Gates (right). 
On Thursday, November 25, 2021, the Ontario Museum Association (OMA) presented the OMA Awards of Excellence 2021 at the OMA’s virtual Annual Conference: Reopening, Recovery, Reimagination! It was a wonderful experience to share in celebrating the excellence of our colleagues. Ontario museums have provided inspiration, education and solace to the public throughout the pandemic and continue to build and strengthen communities as we work toward recovery. 

Once again, congratulations to the OMA Awards of Excellence 2021 recipients! Thank you for all of your exceptional work in your museum and communities. 
Read about all of the recipients here!
Media Coverage
Distinguished Career Award of Excellence
Karen Bachmann 
Director and Curator, Timmins Museum:  National Exhibition Centre
Read more about Karen HERE
Watch Karen's acceptance remarks HERE
Promising Leadership Award of Excellence
Hailey Hollingshead
Read more about Hailey HERE
Watch Hailey's acceptance remarks HERE
Volunteer Service Award of Excellence
Katharine Bourgon
Volunteer, Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery
Read more about Katharine HERE
Watch Katharine's acceptance remarks HERE
Award of Excellence in Community Engagement
Hamilton Civic Museums and Civicplan
Reimagine Our Museums
WOW Distinction
Read more about Hamilton Civic Museums and Civicplan HERE
Watch their acceptance remarks HERE
Community Engagement—Honourable Mention
Niagara Falls History Museum
The Poppy Project
Read more about Niagara Falls History Museum HERE
Watch their acceptance remarks HERE
Award of Excellence in Exhibitions
Canadian Automotive Museum
Oshawa’s Automotive Community
Read more about Canadian Automotive Museum HERE
Watch their acceptance remarks HERE
Award of Excellence in Programs
Christina Sydorko, Oil Museum of Canada
Oil Museum of Canada Virtual Education
Read more about Christina and the Oil Museum of Canada HERE
Watch their acceptance remarks HERE
Programs—Honourable Mention
Thunder Bay Art Gallery
Virtual Field Trip for Piitwewetam: Making is Medicine
Read more about Thunder Bay Art Gallery HERE
Watch their acceptance remarks HERE
Award of Excellence in Special Projects
Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum
Safeguarding Our Shelter: Visitor Experience Renewal at the Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum
Read more about Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum HERE
Watch their acceptance remarks HERE
Special Projects—Honourable Mention
King Heritage & Cultural Centre
Stories of King: An Online 3D Exhibition with Treasured, Inc.
Read more about King Heritage & Cultural Centre HERE
Watch their acceptance remarks HERE
Award of Excellence in Publications
The Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery
Public Art in Glass—Publication
Read more about The Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery HERE
Watch their acceptance remarks HERE
Congratulations to all of the
OMA Awards of Excellence 2021 Recipients!

Watch all of the acceptance remarks HERE.
Read more about all of the recipients HERE.
Thank you to our partners!
OMA Professional Development
Certificate in Museum Studies
Program Update

The OMA strives to ensure that the professional development provided to OMA members through the Certificate in Museum Studies (CMS) program is current, inclusive, comprehensive, and accessible. The museum sector and the online tools available for learning have changed since our last curriculum review, as have the needs of the Ontario museum sector. As a result, we have been undertaking an extensive review of our CMS curriculum with consulting firms Nordicity and Pure & Applied.

Based on broad-based research and consultation with OMA members and stakeholders, the OMA is in the process of updating the courses and program accordingly. In order to ensure a smooth transition for all participants and fewer mid-year schedule changes, the Certificate in Museum Studies calendar for the 2022-2023 fiscal year will be released in stages. Stay tuned for more information in the new year.

Questions about the Certificate in Museum Studies Program? Email

Find out more about the Certificate in Museum Studies Program HERE
Upcoming OMA Dates
December 20 - January 3 (inclusive): OMA office closure
Colleague Update
Deputy Minister Kevin Finnerty Retires
The OMA would like to extend our well wishes to Deputy Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries, Kevin Finnerty. He has served as Deputy Minister since 2012 and after 35 years of public service, has now retired. Mr. Finnerty has given welcoming remarks at many OMA Conferences, which we have been honoured to receive. 
We recognize his contributions and dedication during the pandemic, in having to manage new and unprecedented responsibilities on behalf of the culture and tourism sectors. The OMA thanks him for his service, and wishes Mr. Finnerty well in this new chapter.
Toronto History Museums Announces
Armando Perla as Chief Curator

The City of Toronto is pleased to announce that Armando Perla is the successful candidate in the recent competition for the Chief Curator at the Toronto History Museums, effective January 10, 2022. Currently an Assistant Professor of Decolonization and Race in Museums and Heritage (Teaching Stream) with the Master of Museum Studies, Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto, Armando Perla is a mestizo curator, activist, and consultant collaborating with museums, cultural institutions, and communities on issues of human rights and social inclusion in Canada and abroad.

With a strong international network built from collaboration with LGBTQI+ and BIPOC museum leaders, Perla was part of the founding team of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR), where he worked as a curator for nine years, has collaborated with Canadian and foreign diplomats as well as government officials on a range of museum projects, and is a board member of both the Canadian Museums Association and the International Council of Museums' (ICOM) International Committee on Ethical Dilemmas (IC-Ethics).

The City of Toronto congratulates Perla on his appointment and welcomes him to the Toronto Public Services and Economic Development and Culture Division.

The Museums Association of Saskatchewan (MAS) is announcing that Executive Director Wendy Fitch has disclosed her plans to retire. Her extensive years of service and commitment to MAS and the Saskatchewan heritage community, have earned her a well-deserved retirement.

Wendy joined MAS in 1986 as the first Museums Advisor. She was quickly embraced by our members due to her knowledge and relatable personality. In 2012, she became the Executive Director, leading the organization for the past decade. In 2020, she received the CMA’s Award of Distinguished Service for her contributions to the Canadian Museum Sector.

Ms. Fitch's contributions have also extended to the rest of Canada through her work with the group of Provincial and Territorial Museums Associations (PTMAs). Her expertise and advice have benefitted the work of the OMA on numerous occasions, including supporting the work of the Regional Museum Networks (RMNs). We wish her all the best in this new chapter. 

Read the announcement HERE
Other PD Opportunities
CMA National Conference 2022
Dates Announced
Canadian Museums Association

The CMA has announced the dates of its 75th National Conference, which will take place virtually on April 26 and 27, 2022. The CMA is looking forward to reconnecting with its members and exploring pertinent sissues affecting museums and cultural heritage. 

Read their announcement HERE

Museums Canada Summit Program
Now Available
Museums/Musées Canada

The updated program for Museums/Musées Canada's inaugural Summit is available with expanded descriptions. The Summit will take place in Kitchener from Sunday, January 16 to Wednesday, January 19, 2022. Reduced registration is available for the Next Generation (students and emerging arts and culture professionals) and Single Day Registration. Please note that there is a Pay Now or Pay Later option, though payment must be received in full before the start of the Summit. 

View the Program HERE
Register HERE

National Trust Conference 2022
National Trust for Canada

In association with Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals, the National Trust Conference will take place October 20-22, 2022 in Toronto, Ontario. Previously, conference themes have tackled pressing issues for Canada’s heritage movement, including community revitalization, heritage tourism, sustainable development, and climate change.

Read more HERE

Young Canada Works:
Applications Due January 21, 2022
National Trust for Canada

Applications for Young Canada Works are open. The application deadline is January 21, 2022. Please note that the student program is no longer restricted to the summer months. You can claim student work hours for any time during the fiscal year.

Read more HERE

2022 OBHS Black History Month Kick-Off
Ontario Black History Society

Online Event
Sunday, January 30, 2022
4:00pm – 5:30pm ET

Join Ontario Black History Society, in partnership with lead sponsor TD Bank, as they host their 34th annual Black History Month Kick-Off to recognize the histories and achievements of Black Canadians and fund raise for their organization. The theme this year is "Home."

Read more and register HERE

Webinar: Creating Engaging Social Media Campaigns for Museums
Museum Learning Hub

Free Livestreamed Webinar
Thursday, December 16, 2021
2:00pm ET

How do we use our objects to tell stories, create buy-in, and preserve culture on social media? Join this session to learn how to create impactful social media campaigns for day-to-day and special projects at your cultural institution. Building on previous social media strategy and social media tools workshops, this session will explore how to ideate, create, and launch campaigns that are creative, engaging, efficient, and effective no matter your team’s size.

Jessica Johnson
Creative Strategist, Snap, Inc.

View the livestream HERE
Read more about the webinar HERE

Workshop: Law & Order: Art Law, Copyright and Crime Prevention in Collections
Galeries Ontario / Ontario Galleries

Virtual Workshop
Thursday, January 20, 2022
10:00am - 3:30pm ET

This workshop will be an in-depth course in art and cultural law, geared towards art gallery and museum professionals.  This workshop will also feature case studies about legal ownership and procedures for returning stolen artwork. At the end of the sessions, participants will have the ability to ask one-on-one questions receive guidance on specific issues at their institution.

  • Barry Fong, Partner, Intellectual Property at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP (moderator)
  • Erin Gurski, Copyright Specialist
  • Paul E. Bain, Partner at Dickson Wright LLP
  • Christine Braun, Collections Manager & Researcher at Art Gallery of Hamilton
  • Mark Collins, Sergeant, Ontario Provincial Police & graduate of the Association for Research into Crimes Against Art (ARCA)
  • Sara Angel, Founder and Executive Director, Art Canada Institute
Read more and register HERE.
OF/BY/FOR ALL Applications Now Open
The OF/BY/FOR ALL Change Network is a 12-month, fee-based, online program for civic and cultural organizations of all sizes and sectors. It provides an intentional framework to help you make your organization more inclusive, equitable, and relevant. When you join, we’ll set your team up with your own dashboard of tools, progress reports, and coaching check-ins. You’ll build authentic community partnerships, listen and learn from new voices, improve institutional programs and policies, and get support from coaches and peers around the world.   

Read more and apply HERE.
Ki Futures Applications Now Open
Ki Culture

Ki Futures is an international coaching and training network. The comprehensive program provides everything that you/your institution needs to become sustainable, from tools and guides to training and mentoring, as well as connecting you to local and global networks of sustainability leaders. Ki Futures will officially launch on 18 January, 2022 with their first Global Network Meeting, but they are already accepting applications for the program. 

Read more HERE

Support Ontario’s Museums
this Holiday Season!
As museums across Ontario face the challenges of reopening safely and renewing relationships with your communities, the OMA is here for you, now and as we move forward.

This year, 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. 
  • hosted our second virtual edition of the OMA Annual Conference and ensured all members could access the Annual Conference by offering fully subsidized registration.
  • increased access by providing bursaries for the 2021 Indigenous Collections Symposium and increased the Certificate in Museum Studies course bursary from 1 to 5 students for this year.
  • provided timely and relevant information to our members as news, regulations, and updates were released, ensuring that our members stayed up-to-date on changing legislation and requirements.
    • 35 eNews Alerts to date in 2021
    • 52 ONmuseums e-newsletters per year
Your support, participation, and membership make our work possible.

You can make a tax-deductible donation to the OMA on our website or through Canada Helps. Every contribution is giving forward, not giving back, by adding to the collective strength of our sector and investing in a vibrant future for the next generation of museum professionals. You can help us build a more resilient museum sector. 

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.

Thank you for your support!
"[The OMA's] service and dedication, particularly over this past year, have allowed me more time and the opportunity, once in a while, to catch my breath. I've felt you've had my back." - OMA Member

"I think OMA has done a really good job at advocating and keeping us all informed, that kind of continued support, resources, even the great reminders ... all helps as we navigate through this ongoing crisis." - OMA Member
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