Guidance for Museums in COVID-19 Zones Framework

Nov 19, 2020
Need to Know
Ontario's COVID-19 Response Framework:
Requirements for Museums

The OMA, in consultation with the Ontario Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries, can provide a document detailing specific requirements for museums under the province's new COVID-19 Response Framework: Keeping Ontario Safe and Open. This resource clarifies key differences in guidance for museums located in red zones versus orange, yellow, and green zones in four relevant sections: General compliance; Capacity limits for businesses or facilities open to the public; Cleaning requirements; and Museums, etc. 
In general, the requirements for museums under the current framework are the same as in the previous system of stages. Museums in red zones can remain open but must close any high touch or interactive exhibits. Museums in orange, yellow or green zones can keep high touch and interactive exhibits open, but must adhere to cleaning requirements.

Organizations are encouraged to review the COVID-19 Response Framework: Keeping Ontario Safe and OpenO. Reg. 263/20: Rules for Areas in Stage 2, and O. Reg. 364/20: Rules for Areas in Stage 3 in detail and call the Stop the Spread Business Information Line (1-888-444-3659) if they have questions about complying with current requirements.

Read the document HERE.
Ontario Trillium Foundation
Resilient Communities Fund

Deadline: December 9, 2020 @ 5pm ET
OTF is investing in projects of eligible non-profit organizations to aid their medium to longer-term recovery efforts, help with their stabilization and build their capacity and resiliency in the aftermath of COVID-19. 

Who is eligible to apply?
Community-based or provincial non-profits delivering services and programs in Ontario that are looking ahead to recovery planning with the aim of rebuilding their capacity.
Organizations need to have:
  • a presence and reputation in Ontario with a primary purpose of delivering community programs and services to benefit people in Ontario and 
  • experienced disruptions to their operations and program and service delivery due to the impacts of COVID-19. 

Read more HERE
Attend an online OTF coaching clinic HERE. 

Inclusive Community Grants
Ministry for Seniors and Accessibility
Deadline: December 21, 2020

Inclusive Community Grants are designed to sustain existing, and create new, Age-Friendly Communities (AFCs) for older adults and people of all abilities by supporting projects with funding of up to $60,000.
Projects can be focused on assisting:
  • small urban/rural communities
  • under-served populations
  • diverse population of adults including Indigenous and immigrants
  • older adults, including those with accessibility needs
  • individuals self-isolating and following social distancing due to COVID-19

This year, grants are focussed on programing that can be delivered remotely or virtually. The grants will help develop programs for older adults and people of all abilities that focus on:

  • connecting people with their communities
  • making communities inclusive and age-friendly

Read more HERE.

OMA Professional Development
Webinar: Build your online fundraising capacity with CanadaHelps
Get ready for GivingTuesday on December 1!

This webinar from the OMA and Jacob O'Connor, Director of Charity Engagement at CanadaHelps talks about how to optimize your web presence, incorporate digital into your fundraising, and use some of the free resources that are available to you.

Watch the webinar HERE.

GivingTuesday Resource Roundup
December 1, 2020
GivingTuesday is just around the corner! Check out these resources to help your organization participate in this year's global day of giving—December 1, 2020.
GivingTuesday Resources - CanadaHelps
Including a checklist, social media calendar, and fundraising email templates.
This webinar discusses key insights from GivingTuesday Data Commons and #GivingTuesdayNow on what giving looks like in 2020; best practices from GivingTuesday experts you can put in place now; and the tools and tactics that guest charity Hockey 4 Youth is employing for success this year.

Charity Toolkit - GivingTuesday Canada
The GivingTuesday charity toolkit is a great resource to help you get started with your own GivingTuesday campaign. See what the movement is about, get some tips and get involved.

25 Simple Ways to Participate in #GivingTuesdayCA - GivingTuesday Canada

25 simple ideas to help organizations engage their communities and inspire kindness on December 1.
    This webinar explores campaign ideas, messaging, internal collaboration, and more in order to ensure a successful GivingTuesday for your organization.
    Canva templates and graphics to share on your social networks.
    Certificate in Museum Studies Update

    Thank you to all of the participants and Course Directors of this year’s Certificate in Museum Studies courses for your flexibility as we worked to take our courses online. We are happy that we have been able to deliver six of nine courses online this year.

    Three confirmed course cancellations for 2020-2021 are:

    • Museums in Historic Buildings (Facilities Management)
    • Artifacts
    • Care of Collections

    Please keep an eye out in December for the release of the 2021-2022 CMS course calendar.

    Find out more about the Certificate in Museum Studies Program HERE.

    Questions? Email

    Other PD Opportunities
    Webinar: Digitization - Do it Right, Do it Once
    BC Museums Association & B3K Digital

    Wednesday, November 25, 2020
    3pm - 4pm ET

    Join Walter Borchenko and Rod Macleod of B3K Digital as they present "Digitization - Do it Right, Do it Once” an engaging look at digitizing in a standards-based workflow. This webinar will cover creating a digital surrogate, where the real costs of digitization lie, and some of the tools and features that save time and improve efficiency in a medium format digitization workflow.  

    Read more and register HERE.
    Age Friendly Arts and Culture Symposium
    London and Area Creative Age Network

    Thursday, December 10, 2020
    9:30am - 3:30pm ET

    New ideas and collaborations for Building Digital Bridges to connect older adults to arts, culture and creativity - COVID and beyond.

    Brian Meehan - Executive Director, Museum London 
    Victoria Stasiuk - Owner, Arts and Culture Consulting 
    Mike Baker - Curator, Elgin County Museum

    Read more and register HERE.

    Creative Space Mentoring Network 2021-2022
    ArtsBuild Ontario

    ArtsBuild Ontario is seeking mentors for current and future iterations of the Creative Spaces Mentoring Network! If you have been part of a capital project, strategic plan, or have the knowledge to share in arts management, the Creative Spaces Mentoring Network provides an opportunity for you to support fellow arts managers and foster strong arts and heritage sectors.

    How To Apply: If you are interested in becoming a mentor, please complete this Mentor Interest Form and ArtsBuild will follow up with you on your application. To support our mentors during COVID-19, ABO will provide a one-time honorarium to mentors matched with mentees for CSMN 2021-2022.

    Learn more about the CSMN 2021-2022 program HERE.

    Webinar: The State of the Sector: A Look Ahead to 2021
    Thursday, December 3, 2020
    1pm - 2pm ET

    In this panel discussion, Imagine Canada’s President & CEO, Bruce MacDonald, will facilitate a discussion on some of the key implications from 2020 and look ahead to the coming year to provide sector leaders with insights that they can use when building their upcoming plans.

    Read more and register HERE.
    The OMA Welcomes Your Support
    If you are already an OMA member, please renew your membership when you receive an email reminder. If you are not a member, please consider joining, either as an institution or an individual. You can find information about member categories and benefits on our website.

    Please also consider making a donation to the OMA on our website or through Canada Helps.

    Your support of the OMA and your participation in events like this webinar make us stronger as a sector, and we appreciate each and everyone one of you.

    An OMA membership connects you with our network of over 1000 members, representing 700 museums, galleries, and heritage sites across the province. In addition, an OMA membership provides you with the latest news via the ONmuseums newsletter, eNews alerts, and COVID-19 resources to mitigate impact for Ontario museums, galleries and heritage sites.
    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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