Guidance for Proof of Vaccination

Sep 16, 2021
Need to Know
Reopening Fund for Heritage Organizations
Now Accepting Applications
Deadline: October 20, 2021

The Department of Canadian Heritage is pleased to inform you that The Museums Assistance Program (MAP) is now accepting applications for assistance with ongoing operating costs through the Reopening Fund for Heritage Organizations.  This assistance will help heritage organizations that have felt the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic as they reopen and safely welcome back visitors. For full details on program eligibility and information on how to apply, please visit Reopening Fund for Heritage Organizations. Please review the Program Guidelines prior to submitting your application.

Not-for-profit organizations with a heritage collection, such as museums, archives, and historic sites, may be eligible to receive funding. Indigenous organizations with a heritage collection are also encouraged to apply. Organizations can receive between $1,000 and $100,000 in reopening support.

The team is available to assist you with the new process from Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time). While the deadline to apply for funding is October 20, 2021, applicants are encouraged to apply early as funds are limited.

Please click HERE for more information. 
Please click HERE for tips and tricks for your MAP application. 
Please click HERE for a helpful infographic. 
For assistance, please contact:
Telephone: 1-866-811-0055; TTY (Teletype for the hearing impaired): 1-888-997-3123

YCW-BCH Open for New Applications
Deadline: September 29, 2021

The Canadian Museums Association (CMA) is currently accepting a second round of Young Canada Works (YCW) - Building Careers in Heritage (BCH) applications until September 29th, aimed at domestic positions that will run from mid-November 2021 until the end of March 2022.

NOTE: Due to funding requirements all YCW-BCH internships funded this year must be complete by March 31st, 2021. For internships beginning on April 1st or later, you will need to apply for 2022-23 funding. Please check back in late-Fall for that application period.

For more information, click HERE
For program details and eligibility criteria, click HERE
For the YCW Employer Guide, click HERE

Guidance to Support
Proof of Vaccination Policy

On September 14, the Ontario government released the regulations and guidance for businesses and organizations to support them in implementing proof of vaccination requirements, which take effect on September 22, 2021. Requiring proof of vaccination will help increase vaccination rates, protect individuals in higher-risk indoor settings, and keep businesses open.

In advance of September 22, all Ontarians can print or download their vaccination receipt from the provincial booking portal. The Ministry is working on additional supports and services to assist Ontario residents who need help obtaining proof of vaccination, including requesting a copy be sent by mail. Those who need support obtaining a copy of their vaccination receipt including those who do not have access to a computer or printer can call the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900.

Ontario is developing an enhanced vaccine certificate with a unique QR code to make it safer, more secure and convenient to show that you have been vaccinated, when required to do so. The enhanced vaccine certificate and verification app will be available by October 22, 2021. Ontario’s proof of vaccination guidance will be updated to reflect the new processes.

For more information, click HERE
Free Rapid COVID-19 Tests
for Organizations

The Provincial Antigen Screening Program (PASP) provides free rapid antigen test kits to high-risk communities, organizations and workplaces. The program is available to all organizations that are allowed to be open under current public health measures, and also require people to be physically present on site.

Rapid antigen testing is an additional screening method that can help stop the spread of COVID-19 in workplaces and other high-risk settings. Organizations can choose to have employees test on-site or have them self-swab at home before coming into the workplace. Rapid antigen tests produce results in about 15 minutes and don’t require shipping to a lab. Rapid antigen testing may be performed at least one time per week, and up to 2-3 times per week.

Rapid antigen tests provided through PASP are available for use with employees and other identified groups (for example, patients, essential caregivers, post-secondary students), but are not to be used to screen customers/patrons or the general public.

Learn more HERE

OMA Professional Development
Gordon Robinson
Thank you!
The OMA would like to thank Certificate in Museum Studies Course Director Gordon Robinson for his contribution to the program and to the community of CMS participants he has taught and mentored over the years.

Gordon has been the co-Course Director of Museums in Historic Buildings (Facilities Management) with Marcus Letourneau since 2016. Gordon used his experience working in museums such as the Marine Museum of the Great Lakes and the Pump House Steam Museum in Kingston, to translate topics like risk management and facilities inspections into fun and engaging activities for participants.

Gordon has stepped away from his Course Director roles this year to pursue other opportunities. Please join us in thanking Gordon for the time and dedication he has given to his Course Director role, and for sharing his knowledge and passion with course participants.
Gordon Robinson, pointing at centre, instructs the Museums in Historic Buildings course at the Sharon Temple National Historic Site and Museum in April 2019.
Symposium sur les collections autochtones 2021 :
Mashkawatgong-mamawewiziwin –
Renforcer nos liens, partager nos pratiques

Accès, participation et savoir:
collaborations communautaires
French Transcript of Session Now Available

A transcript in French of the session Access, Engagement & Knowledge: Community Collaborations/ Accès, participation et savoir : collaborations communautaires presented by the Canadian Museum of History at the Indigenous Collections Symposium 2021: Mashkawatgong-mamawewiziwin – strengthening our bonds, sharing our practices is now available.

Please share among your Francophone colleagues.

Click HERE to watch the session recording and download the French transcript. 

Click HERE to watch the full playlist of symposium sessions. 
OMA Opportunity:
Recognize Esteemed Colleagues

Deadline for Submissions: Friday, October 17, 2021

Is there someone at your organization who has retired (or will retire) between November 2020 and October 2021?
Two years ago the OMA started a new tradition of recognizing our colleagues who have retired in the past year at the annual OMA Awards Gala. This year’s awards rollout will look a little different, but we look forward to continuing the tradition!

Share the following information with us so that we can honour the contributions that these individuals have made to our dynamic sector.

  1. Name
  2. Organization
  3. Title
  4. Retirement date
  5. Photo
  6. How long they worked in museums and/or at the organization from which they retired
  7. Some other interesting fact or anecdote about what they achieved in their career

Send submissions to
Deadline for submissions: Friday, October 17, 2021


  • Submissions are welcome to recognize retirees in any role at an organization.
  • If the announcement of retirees takes place at a live online event, Retirees do not need to be present at the online event to be recognized.
Upcoming OMA Dates
September 20: Start Date: CMS: Collections Management, Online
September 27: Start Date CMS: Museums & the Community, Online
October 4: Start Date: CMS: Organization & Management of Museums, Online
October 17: Deadline for submissions to recognize our esteemed colleagues
November 9, 12am: Registration Opens: CMS: Education Programs. Read more HERE
Federal Election Resources
Ahead of the 2021 Federal Election on September 20, the OMA has compiled excerpts from Federal party platforms into a chart. This information was pulled from the platforms using key searches of the following words: museum, heritage, culture, tourism, and non-profit. This approach allows readers a side-by-side comparison of what the parties have included in their platforms regarding our sector, verbatim. If there are any errors or omissions, please let us know so that it can be remedied. We encourage you to read the party platforms in full, which can be found below.

Please find the chart HERE
Please find a list form of the party platform excerpts and other resources HERE

View the Liberal Party platform HERE
View the Conservative Party platform HERE
View the New Democratic Party platform HERE.
View the Green Party platform HERE
View the Bloc Québécois platform HERE
Canada’s museum and heritage leaders urge federal parties to make sector a priority

The Ontario Museum Association and 10 other provincial and territorial museums associations, representing over 2,000 museum and heritage institutions, partnered with the Canadian Museums Association (CMA) to call on federal political parties to commit to updating Canada’s 30-year-old national museum policy.

The OMA and its national, provincial and territorial counterparts issued an open 2021 election letter to all party leaders that describes the unique role of museums in today’s Canada. The letter states that the pandemic brought to light the economic fragility of the sector and that a new long-term partnership with the Government of Canada is needed to put the sector on a more sustainable footing.

Read the Open 2021 Election Letter HERE

Read more from the Canadian Museums Association HERE

Arts & Culture Platforms
Canadian Arts Coalition and Business and Arts

The Canadian Arts Coalition has compiled a summary of commitments from the leading federal political parties relevant to arts and culture sectors. In addition, the CAC asked specific arts policy questions of each federal party to be answered in a recorded video format. 

To view the CAC's summary, questions, and responses click HERE

Imagine Canada Resources

Imagine Canada has put together election resources for nonprofit organizations in the aim to help workers in the sector to be as informed as possible. See below for their resources. 

For rules on how to engage in the Federal Election as a nonprofit, click HERE
For Imagine Canada's policy priorities for the election, click HERE
For their analysis of party platforms, click HERE

Cultural Platform Analysis
Coalition for the Diversity of Cultural Expressions

The Coalition for the Diversity of Cultural Expressions has scoured the platforms of the major federal parties and compiled their commitments and promises according to the priorities of CDCE members. The CDCE sent a questionnaire to all parties including the priorities contained in this analysis, and requested a response by September 10. The Bloc Québécois, the Liberal Party and the Green Party completed the questionnaire and returned it on time.

To view their analysis, click HERE

Other PD Opportunities
Webinar: Museums, Sustainable
Cities and Communities


Free Webinar
Friday, September 17, 2021
11:00am ET

This webinar will gather museum professionals from different countries to discuss how museums can and are contributing to make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable. Each panelist will approach the issue from different but complementary perspectives, drawing on research and case studies from various regions of the world. Their presentations will address issues such as migration and inclusion, community engagement, civic and collective climate activism.

Speakers include Catherine C. Cole from Nunavut Heritage Centre, Andrea Delaplace, Luiz A. C. Souza, and Anais Reyes. The Moderator will be Glenn Perkins. 

Read more and register HERE
20 Questions with Fundraising Experts
Blackbaud Canada

Free Webinar
Tuesday, September 21, 2021
1:00pm ET

As charities and nonprofits prepare for the coming economic recovery, there are many questions arising about the state of fund development activities for organizations of all sizes. How should fundraisers refresh and reframe their strategy with another substantial shift on the horizon?

Join Imagine Canada's President & CEO, Bruce MacDonald, and our panel of sector experts as they respond to – yes – 20 questions from the charitable and non-profit community about the future of fundraising! Rapid-fire responses to your burning questions will provide you with insights into the challenges and opportunities that fundraisers face today, and beyond.

Read more and register HERE
Webinar: Critical Race Theory in Museums
Museum Hue

Tuesday, September 21, 2021
1:00pm - 2:30pm ET

Dr. Kelli Morgan, critical race theorist, curator, and educator will examine the need for Critical Race Theory in museums. She will address the systemic mechanisms of anti-Blackness which exist in museums and theorize ways to dismantle this reality. Dr. Morgan works to analyze the past and present so as to positively reconstruct the future. Through this presentation, she provides a deeper understanding of the role of race and racism in society. 

This webinar is a part of Museum Hue’s Portrait Series: Conversations Highlighting Responsive Practices and Expansive Narratives Within Arts and Culture. This series incorporates leading artists, cultural figures, and museum professionals. The aim is to normalize knowledge-sharing as an accessible resource for all, promote the social and institutional advancement of Black and people of color, art professionals, and to utilize racial equity pedagogy to analyze the state of our current art milieu so as to reconstruct a more equal one.

Read more and register HERE

Herding Cats: How To Get Your Board
Aligned Around Fundraising


Free Webinar
Thursday, September 23, 2021
2:00pm - 3:00pm ET

Most organizations (especially small ones) struggle to get their boards to fundraise. Instead, they might spend their time coming up with a lot of fundraising ideas, without actually rolling up their sleeves to help do the work.

Speaker Cindy Wagman, President and CEO of The Good Partnership (and co-host of the Small Nonprofit Podcast), will help you:
  • Understand what's going on with your board that is preventing them from moving forward, and;
  • How you can give them the skills to move from ideation into action.
Read more and register HERE
National Black Communities
Arts & Culture Roundtable Talk
The Black Opportunity Fund

Free Webinar
Thursday, September 23, 2021
7:00pm - 8:30pm EDT

This roundtable talk will provide an opportunity to become more informed about the different challenges and opportunities Black artists and cultural workers across Canada are facing.

Panelists will outline some of the sector's needs while also sharing how Black professionals are leading changes in diversity, equity, access, and inclusion needs.

Read more and register HERE.
Schedule for Truth and Reconciliation Week
National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation

Monday, September 27, 2021 - Friday, October 1, 2021

This is the schedule for members of the General Public who have registered for the Truth and Reconciliation Week event. The schedule is subject to change in the weeks leading up to September 27.

Read more HERE

To view the schedule for educators, click HERE

Roundtable of Algonquin Leaders on
Truth and Reconciliation and Museums
Bytown Museum

Free Webinar
Wednesday, September 29, 2021
5:30pm - 7:00pm EDT

This will be a Roundtable of Algonquin Leaders speaking on, and discussing, the topic of Truth and Reconciliation and Museums. It will be introduced and moderated by Robin Etherington, Executive Director of the Bytown Museum, and the participants/speakers will be Chief Wendy Jocko and Councillor Merv Sarazin of the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation and Anita Tenasco and Sylvia Morin of the Kitigan Zibi Anishnabeg.

Read more and register HERE.
Even More PD Opportunities!

September 22: Free Webinar: Looking Ahead: Embracing Sustainability and Resiliency for a Better Tomorrow from American Alliance of Museums. Read more HERE.

September 23: Free Webinar: Challenging Ideology: Looking at Historical Museum Practices Through an Indigenous Lens Part 1 from UBC Learning Circle. Read more HERE

September 23: Free Webinar: Technical Workshop 2: Episode Planning: Writing and Recording Your Podcast from Museum Learning Hub. Read more HERE.

September 28: Webinar: All About Boards Series 2021 from Pillar Nonprofit Network. Read more HERE.

September 29: Free Webinar: Building Diverse & Equitable Nonprofit Boards: A Panel Discussion with Sector Experts from Charity Village. Read more HERE

September 29: Free Webinar: Walking the Tightrope: Balancing Challenging Customer Interactions with Positive Guest Experiences from BC Museums Association. Read more HERE

October 5: Webinar: Successful Project Management Fundamentals from Pillar Nonprofit Network. Read more HERE.

October 13: Free Webinar: Care of Painted Surfaces from Connecting to Collections Care. Read more HERE.

October 14: Free Webinar: Challenging Ideology: Looking at Historical Museum Practices Through an Indigenous Lens Part 2 from UBC Learning Circle. Read more HERE

Event Listings: Tamarack Institute. Read more HERE
Members in the News
Canadian War Museum to Rename Regeneration Hall
Simcoe County Museum May Receive Engine 1531
King Museum Receives 1837 Upper Canada Rebellion Prisoner's Box
Mississippi Valley Textile Museum Art Installation by Tracey-Mae Chambers
#AskACurator Day was September 15!

Many members joined museum and gallery professionals around the world to engage with their communities and answer their questions. See the tag #AskACurator on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook to see what conversations took place! Here are some highlights:
Which museum object do you wish you could bring home?
What is a curator?
How do you decide what goes on display, and what happens to the rest?
How do you have fun while at work?
What's your largest object?
What's your favourite artifact?
Rosalyn Rubenstein 
(July 5, 1956 - August 11, 2021)
On August 11, 2021, Rosalyn died peacefully at Hospice Vaughan north of Toronto, following a very rapid and aggressive battle with cancer. Principal of Rubenstein and Associates, Rosalyn was a well-respected management consultant who specialized in strategic planning, community engagement, and executive training for cultural and creative organizations in Canada and internationally. An innovative theorist and influential practitioner, she collaborated with universities, research and training centers, and government agencies. Rosalyn was the author of scientific papers, popular articles and training resources, and generously shared her research and expertise at conferences and public lectures globally. An alumnus of the University of Toronto (BA, MMst), Rosalyn's early interest in history and archeology, followed by fieldwork in the Middle East, led to a lifelong personal and professional engagement with museums and fervent passion for travel. She treasured the arts in its many forms, from literature to film, visual art to theatre. Rosalyn wrote poetry, loved hiking and canoeing, and always appreciated a glass of fine wine. She will be deeply missed by the family, as well as many dear friends and colleagues. Memorial donations may be made to Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and Hospice Vaughan.
Alan, Bonnie, Freda & Jack Rubenstein
Support Ontario’s Museums: Donate Now!
As museums across Ontario face the challenges of reopening safely and renewing relationships with your communities, the OMA is here for you. 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. Your support, participation, and membership make our work possible.

Representing the interests of over 700 museums, galleries, and heritage sites across the province, the OMA offers regular webinars and professional development opportunities and resources for pandemic recovery. An OMA membership connects you with our network of over 1000 members, provides you with the tools and resources that support your professional practice, and keeps you informed of breaking news about funding opportunities and policy changes via the ONmuseums weekly newsletter and timely eNews alerts.

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. You can help us build a more resilient museum sector. Thank you for your support!
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