Members Connect + OMA Webinars

Apr 17, 2020

Friday, April 17 Update
 COVID-19 and Ontario Museums

In this eNews Alert you will find:
  1. #MuseumsConnectON Member Check-ins
  2. OMA Webinar Tuesdays
  3. CMA Conference: Minister of Canadian Heritage Steven Guilbeault
  4. Canadian Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)
  5. Federal 75% Wage Subsidy
  6. Other Webinars, including AAM: Lessons Learned from SARS
  7. Resources
  8. Grant Applications
#MuseumsConnectON Member Check-ins
#MuseumsConnectON Member Check-ins
Wednesday, April 22 at 10am EST

Every Wednesday at 10am

Are you missing your museum colleagues? Join the OMA every Wednesday morning for an informal chat and update. Every week there will be a brief presentation from OMA staff on a theme followed by an open discussion. This is an opportunity for you to connect with the OMA and with your colleagues across the province.
Meeting #1 – Wednesday, April 22, 2020, 10am
Theme: Making the most of your OMA museum listing!
  • The Discover Ontario Museums website has been helping visitors to find museums across Ontario for years. Just because your museum is closed, that doesn’t mean you don’t have things to offer virtual visitors! Find out how to update and add content to your listing and to tag content as #MuseumFromHome so that visitors can find your online activities all in one place!

#MuseumsConnectON Member Check-ins will be held in Zoom Meetings.

  • Register in advance for Meeting #1:
  • After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
  • Note: if you do not have a reliable internet connection, you can join by phone (cellular or landline) to hear and participate in the conversation.
OMA Webinar Tuesdays
OMA Webinar: Caring for Heritage Collections during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Tuesday, April 21, 2020, 10am

New topic every Tuesday, 10am.

Cultural heritage institutions are coping with many challenges as the world deals with the COVID-19 pandemic. While collections are not directly at risk, the pandemic complicates their care. In this webinar, Irene Karsten will share information and recommendations compiled by the Canadian Conservation Institute to help those responsible for heritage collections. Questions about collections contamination, disinfection of museum spaces, and risks to collections during long-term shut down will be addressed, based on the evolving collective knowledge of the public health and infectious disease research communities merged with what we know about keeping collections safe.

Register HERE.
Questions? Email
OMA Webinar: COVID-19
Navigating the Crisis: Federal Support Programs

Save the Date! Tuesday, April 28, 2020, 10am

Presented in collaboration with the Ontario Association of Art Galleries and Young Associates.

The state of the world has changed over the past several weeks. The Federal Government is announcing new information on a daily basis and information is changing rapidly. With this never ending stream of information, we want to help you understand the announced programs and what they mean for your organization and staff. In recognition of this we are happy to present a summary of the Federal Support that is available to organizations. We will cover a brief overview of the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) and the Canadian Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) and how these programs interact with other announced programs. We will share what we know and understand and will open up to your questions to help you understand and apply these programs to your organizations.

Presenters: Alicia McGuire and Julia Gaunt-Rannala, Young Associates

CMA Conference: Minister of Canadian Heritage Steven Guilbeault
Museums Together virtual conference remarks and video available

Watch the full conference HERE.

Welcome remarks of Executive Director, Dr. Vanda Vitali.
Keynote presentation of Prof. Jack Lohman, President of the Board of the CMA 
Remarks of the honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage. 

Watch Canadian Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault HERE.

Watch OMA Executive Director, Marie Lalonde HERE.
Canadian Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) 
Prime Minister announces expanded access to Canada Emergency Response Benefit and support for essential workers

The Government of Canada is taking significant and decisive action to support Canadians and businesses facing hardship as a result of the COVID-19 global pandemic.

To help more Canadians benefit from the CERB, the government will be changing the eligibility rules to:
  • Allow people to earn up to $1,000 per month while collecting the CERB.
  • Extend the CERB to seasonal workers who have exhausted their EI regular benefits and are unable to undertake their usual seasonal work as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • Extend the CERB to workers who recently exhausted their EI regular benefits and are unable to find a job or return to work because of COVID-19.
Read more HERE. 
Federal 75% Wage Subsidy
Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy Updates & Interpretations

On April 11, Parliament passed Bill C-14, officially passing the subsidy into law and giving our sector more concrete guidelines for evaluation and application. 

The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) will reimburse eligible employers 75% of employees’ wages or salaries, based on a maximum annual salary of $58,700 – representing a benefit of up to $847 per week, per employee. The program will be in place for a 12-week period, from March 15 to June 6, 2020. 
  • NEW: To provide certainty for employers, the government has included wording that states once an employer is found eligible for a specific period, they will automatically qualify for the next period of the program.
Read more HERE. 
Other Webinars
WEBINAR: Lessons Learned from SARS: How Museums Emerge After Crisis Webinar
 Wednesday, April 22, 2020
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm ET

Join key former members of the team who led the Ontario Science Centre through two crises in the early 2000s: a public-service strike that led to the shutdown of the museum for eight weeks in 2002 and the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) epidemic in 2003 that resulted in widespread quarantine, derailed tourism, and staggering economic loss in Toronto.

They’ll share their experiences and strategies for:
  • Reopening the museum
  • Supporting team members
  • Reassuring visitors and potential visitors
  • Financial recovery
  • Lesley Lewis, Chief Executive Officer, Ontario Science Centre (from 1998-2014)
  • Jennifer Martin, former Vice President of Visitor Experience, Ontario Science Centre; former and Founding Chief Executive Officer, TELUS Spark
  • Julie Bowen, former Associate Director of Development and Design, Ontario Science Centre; former Vice President of Visitor Experience, TELUS Spark
Elizabeth Merritt, Vice President of Strategic Foresight and Founding Director of the Center for the Future of Museums, American Alliance of Museums

Register HERE. 
OECD WEBINAR | Coronavirus (COVID-19) and cultural and creative sectors: impact, policy responses and opportunities to rebound after the crisis
 17 April 2020 15.00-16.30 CEST

In collaboration with ECBN

This webinar will gather representatives of the cultural and creative sectors, local and national governments to review:
  • The short and long-term impacts of the current crisis on CCS
  • The innovative solutions put in place by CCS across countries
  • The policy supports put in place by national and local governments to alleviate the short and long-term effects of the crisis on CCS. What is still needed?
More information HERE. 
The health and safety of our visitors, communities, and staff are a priority for our institutions. The OMA encourages all to exercise caution and act in alignment with the recommendations of public health and government authorities. 

The OMA is in touch with stakeholders to support our members, and will provide updates regularly as the situation progresses.

Please contact us with questions at
Government Resources regarding
  • Ontario Ministry of Health dedicated website (updated twice daily): HERE 
    • General COVID-19 Information Sheets (available in multiple languages)HERE
  • Public Health OntarioHERE 
  • Health CanadaHERE
Your local or regional government or health unit websites can also provide credible local information. 
The OMA has prepared a dedicated webpage of COVID-19 communications and resources, updated as new information and resources become available.

Read more HERE.

Grant Applications
Launch Pad Grant
Deadline May 15, 2020

Launch Pad coaching grants connect groups with a team of seasoned professionals for timely advice in new revenue generation models, community engagement strategies, organizational and business planning, partnership development, fundraising, marketing, and advocacy. There are up to five coaching grants available.

Learn more HERE.
The OMA Welcomes Your Support

The OMA is committed to ensuring the stabilization of the sector, and working together with you and the government. Your support at this time is vital as it helps us support all Ontario museums. We invite you to Join or Renew your membership. 

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 ONmuseums and eNews alertsCOVID-19 resources to mitigate impact for Ontario museums, galleries and heritage sites, as well as resources for International Museum Day and May is Museum Month/Mai, Mois des Musées. 
We're Here to Help!

For all questions or inquiries please contact the OMA: or call 416-348-8672 / 1-866-662-8672.

Marie G. Lalonde
Executive Director 
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