MHSTCI Regional Business Support Townhalls

Jan 21, 2021
Need to Know
Virtual Regional Business Support Townhalls
Join your local business partners!

The Honourable Lisa MacLeod Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries invites you and local businesses to join her for a Regional Business Support Townhall to discuss the government’s response to COVID-19 and review available programs to support impacted businesses.

Please RSVP to the townhall for your region.

Feb. 1, 10am: Ottawa
Feb. 1, 2pm: GTA
Feb. 2, 10am: York, Durham & Headwaters
Feb. 2, 3pm: Bruce Peninsula
Feb. 3, 10am: Kawarthas Nurthumberland
Feb. 3, 2pm: South Eastern Ontario
Feb. 4, 10am: Ontario's Highlands
Feb. 4, 2pm: Muskoka
Feb. 5, 2pm: Northern Ontario
Feb. 8, 10am: Southwest Ontario
Feb. 9, 10am: Niagara
Feb. 9, 2pm: Hamilton, Halton & Brant
Feb. 10, 2pm: Huron, Perth, Waterloo & Wellington

Read more HERE.

Help Spread the Word
Stay Home. Stay Safe. Save Lives.
Provided to the OMA by the Honourable Minister Lisa MacLeod:

"Ontario has reached a critical point. We are in a crisis and we need your help!
The COVID-19 case count continues to rise. Our public health care system is being pushed to the brink and Ontario’s long-term care system is fighting new outbreaks. 
It is more critical than ever that Ontarians – Stay Home. Stay Safe. Save Lives.
That is why we need your help to send a strong and clear message to all Ontarians through a coordinated social media campaign using #StayHomeON.
Beginning this Friday, January 22we need you and your members to help us spread the message across all your social media platforms using the #StayHomeON. Please post a short 15-second video or other content unique to your organization reminding your followers to stay home, stay safe, and save lives.
Additional communications products and a descriptive presentation is available HERE."
OMA Professional Development
Webinar: "Ask Me Anything" with Susan Maltby
Presented in partnership with the Group of Ontario Emerging Museum
Professionals Committee

Registration Now Open!


Tuesday, January 26, 2021
10:00-11:00 AM

Susan Maltby has a Masters of Art Conservation from Queen’s University specializing in artifact conservation and has been in the field for over 30 years. Her consulting firm Maltby & Associates was established in 1988 after having worked for the Canadian Conservation Institute for four years.

This session will consist of 3 key components in the style of “Ask Me Anything” format popularized on social media in recent years. “Ask” refers to questions posed by emerging museum professionals in the Ontario community - whether to the OMA during registration for the webinar, to the GOEMP Committee via the blog post announcing this webinar, or directly to our guest in real time during the webinar. “Me” refers to Susan Maltby, who came forward to generously volunteer her time to make her rich experience as a conservator available through this platform. “Anything” references any topic that intersects with the museum sector, museum jobs, museum networking, etc… anything that may be of interest to EMPs who would benefit from this information at this stage in their careers! GOEMP Committee Chair Madeline Smolarz will join Susan as moderator to keep track of and pose incoming questions on behalf of the EMP community.

Read more and register HERE.
Read the GOEMP Blog Post and submit a question HERE
Canadian Conservation Institute Webinars
Introduction to Identification and Care of Photographic Materials
Co-Presented by the Ontario Museum Association
and Galeries Ontario / Ontario Galleries

  • Thursday, February 4, 2021, 10am-12pm Eastern 
  • Thursday, February 11, 2021, 10am-12pm Eastern 
  • Thursday, February 18, 2021, TBC     
This is a 3-part online introduction to the identification and care of photographic materials. This workshop discusses how to identify some photographic processes as well as the structure, composition and format of a selected range of photographic materials.    

Find out more HERE.
Sector News
CMA statement on
Heritage Minister Mandate Letter

The CMA has sent a letter to the Honourable Minister Guilbeault, Minister of Heritage, and released a public statement regarding the Prime Minister's supplementary mandate letter.

"The Prime Minister makes it clear that nothing in the supplementary mandate letter 'replaces any previous commitments or expectations.' Rather, the new letter adds to those 2019 commitments in light of the impacts of COVID-19.

'We have been consistent in our calls for renewal of the incredibly outdated national museum policy, for additional pandemic relief, for more federal funding to museums and for a greater recognition of the tremendous benefits of museums to the economy and society,' wrote Dr. Vanda Vitali, Ph.D, Executive Director of the CMA to the Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage."

Read the CMA's full statement HERE.

Read the CMA's Letter to Minister Guilbeault HERE.

Read the Minister of Canadian Heritage Supplementary Mandate Letter HERE.

Heritage Week 2021 Call for Submissions
Ontario Heritage Trust

Heritage Week 2021
Monday, February 15 to Sunday, February 21

Ontario Heritage Week celebrates heritage in all its forms – cultural and natural, tangible and intangible. Heritage Week is an annual opportunity to celebrate and share Ontario’s heritage.

This year, Heritage Week is a great opportunity to share and promote digital heritage experiences that connect the people of Ontario to the province’s rich and diverse history. These experiences could include online events, virtual exhibitions at community museums, virtual tours of heritage sites in your community, or other digital activities that you’ve developed and wish to share.

Deadline for submitting your listings: Wednesday, January 27, 2021.

To post the details of your programming, fill out the Heritage Week community event listing form HERE.

To stay tuned with the social media engagement campaign, follow #ONHeritageWeek and check for updates HERE.
Online Event:
2021 Black History Month Kick-Off
History... Who We Are!

Ontario Black History Society

Sunday, January 31
1:00 PM - 2:30PM EST

Join the Ontario Black History Society to Kick-Off Black History month virtually on Sunday, January 31, 2021 at 1pm EST. History...Who We Are! 
The COVID-19 pandemic has strained the heritage sector, including the OBHS. Additionally, the Black community has been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic. With these unprecedented events happening simultaneously with the global reckoning of anti-Black racism sparked by the Black Lives Matter movement, it’s even more important to know HISTORY!

This history continues, from the past to the present, even amidst a pandemic. History anchors us, especially during times like this.

Join the OBHS to feature community recognition profiles, Black history, entertainment, museum tours and so much more.

History… Who We Are!

To register for the online event, click HERE.
Young Canada Works
Funding Available to Hire Canadian Youth

Deadline extended for the Young Canada Works Program!
The application deadlines have been extended to February 5th for two of YCW's delivery organizations, the Canadian Museums Association and National Trust of Canada.

The YCW program provides funds for employers to hire students or recent graduates for a diverse range of jobs. YCW also aids employers in creating and funding jobs and connecting them with a pool of eligible students from around the country who are looking for work.

If you are a heritage organization and think you could benefit from a student or recent graduate working at your organization than you should apply for this program. Types of jobs include: positions in heritage planning, Main Street programs, interpretation, heritage outreach, Doors Open, tourism, and education.

February 5, 2021: Young Canada Works in Heritage Organizations (Summer Students) 
March 1, 2021: Young Canada Works at Building Careers in Heritage (Internships)

More information about the Young Canada Works Program HERE
All applications must be completed online HERE
Funding Opportunities
Deadlines for 2021

Ongoing: Property and Energy Tax Rebates
(The Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries has confirmed with the Ministry of Finance that museums located in regions that are categorized as control or lockdown are eligible to apply.)

January 22: OMA's Certificate in Museum Studies Bursary 2020-2021

January 31: Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) deadline for claim periods up to Aug. 1, 2020

February 5Young Canada Works in Heritage Organizations, 2021-2022 Employer Applications, delivered by Canadian Museums Association & National Trust for CanadaDeadline Extension

February 15: Canadian Conservation Institute, Archaelogical conservation treatment, Pre- and Post-Excavation Applications

March 1Young Canada Works at Building Careers in Heritage (Internships) Deadline

March 31: Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA)

March 31: Museums Assistance Program — Canada-France Agreement Deadline
Upcoming OMA Dates
January 22: Deadline: OMA Certificate in Museum Studies Bursary 2020-2021

January 26, 10amOMA-GOEMP Webinar - "Ask Me Anything" with Susan Maltby

February 4-18: CCI: Introduction to Identification and Care of Photographic Materials Webinars This Canadian Conservation Institute webinar series is co-presented by the Ontario Museum Association (OMA) and Galeries Ontario / Ontario Galleries (GOG).

February 23: Registration Opens: CMS: Museums in Context

See more OMA Dates on the Calendar HERE. 
Other PD Opportunities
Webinar: Learn and Connect - Virtual Tours and Digital Engagement
Halton Heritage Services
Tuesday, January 26, 2021 
10:00 AM EST

Halton-area museums and heritage organizations have found new and innovative ways to engage teachers, students and the general public. Join Andrew Cirtwill, Lead Interpreter at at Bronte Creek Provincial Park and Julian Kingston, Supervisor at Oakville Museum for a conversation about their experiences creating virtual tours and online programs, learn what tools and technology they employed and hear about what worked (and what didn't).

Read more and register HERE.
Webinar: Building/Renovating Creative Spaces: Concept, Feasibility & Design
ArtsBuild Ontario
Tuesday, January 26, 2021 
12:00 PM - 1:30PM EST

Cost: $10 + HST

Join Randy Dalton, President of the Dalton Company, who has over 30 years of experience in the building industry for a webinar about the important steps to take when developing a concept and design for your space. This includes a discussion about efficient planning processes and feasibility studies.

This webinar is intended for non-profit arts, culture, heritage, faith and community organizations looking for solutions to financing their current or upcoming creative space project.

Read more and register HERE.
Webinar: Tips and tricks
for engaging virtual conferences and events
Ontario Nonprofit Network
Wednesday, January 27, 2021 
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EST

From fostering engagement virtually to managing new platform technology, virtual conferences and events bring a wide range of opportunities- and challenges- for nonprofits. How can we best leverage these unique opportunities in 2021? What can we learn from the experiences of nonprofits who have hosted virtual events? Find out in this new and interactive webinar on virtual conferences and events.

Read more and register HERE.
Webinar: 2021 Canadian Nonprofit sector Salary & Benefits Report
Charity Village
Thursday, January 28, 2021 
1:00 PM - 1:30 PM EST

Charity Village has released a fully updated edition of their Canadian Nonprofit Sector Salary & Benefits Report. This webinar will give you a basic introduction to the report, review the executive summary, and will provide tips and pointers on how to read the report and interpret the data.

Read more and register HERE.
Webinar: Fundraising Trends of 2021
Charity Village
Thursday, February 04, 2021 
1:00 PM - 2:00PM EST


Before last year, many professional fundraisers considered event-based fundraising like galas and marathons to be a tried-and-true method they could always rely on. 2021 will see many professional fundraisers looking for alternative fundraising models.

In this free webinar, Charity Village will focus on looking into fundraising trends of 2021 that may influence your strategy and prepare your charity for a successful year. Some topics we will cover:

  • Building a foundation for year-round giving that will de-risk your fundraising strategy 
  • The importance of external advisory for navigating through changes 
  • Innovating and testing new ideas without disrupting your processes
  • Difference between narrowcasting and broadcasting in 2021
  • … and more

Read more and register HERE.

Call for proposals for CMA 2021 National Conference
Deadline January 31

The Canadian Museums Association (CMA) is pleased to announce that planning for the 2021 National Conference is underway —submit your proposals by January 31, 2021.

Read more HERE.
Webinar: Making the Case for Arts-Based Community Engagement
Tamarack Institute
Wednesday, February 10, 2021
1:00 PM - 2:00PM EST

The Arts brings life to our communities. It sparks joy. It teaches. It connects. It asks us to see things differently. But so often when the arts are used in community engagement activities it feels like an add-on, a sidebar. So how can the arts be integrated as the main event? What barriers or myths do we need to break down? Do we truly understand the benefits of an arts-based approach in order to advocate for it?

Join the Tamarack Institute to hear from two artists, Hiba Abdallah and Chris Pandolfi, who specialize in community-engaged art. Hiba and Chris will share inspiring examples from their practice and together we will explore:

  • What do arts-based practices offer that is unique from traditional community engagement?

  • What are the barriers? What is needed to expand arts-based engagement practices?

  • What advice do you have for community changemakers who want to integrate the arts with changemaking?

Read more and register HERE.

Workshop Series: Equity and Inclusion
Presented by WorkInCulture, in partnership with 
ArtsBuild Ontario, Kingston Arts Council & North York Arts

Identity, Power and Privilege
Wednesday, February 10 | 1:00pm – 3:00pm EST

This session will discuss the role of power dynamics in our everyday interactions and the procedures we can apply to shift work culture. Through a “calling-in” approach, participants will understand the ways power and privilege can be leveraged to create change in arts-based organizations.

Examining Unconscious Bias
Wednesday, February 17 | 1:00pm – 3:00pm EST

In this session, participants will get a better understanding of common equity terms like microaggression, especially how it impacts work culture. Participants will also gain tools to change these attitudes, to develop better leadership and relationships with employees and communities.

Read more and register HERE.
Podcast: CCI and CHIN: In Our Words
Canadian Conservation Institute

A new episode of the podcast series CCI and CHIN: In Our Words is out now! Tune in to listen to “Lyn Elliot Sherwood: Director General of CHIN, 1993–2003.”


During her time at CHIN, Lyn Elliot Sherwood was responsible for the creation of the organization’s most well-known program, the Virtual Museum of Canada (VMC). Lyn spoke to hosts Nathalie Nadeau Mijal and Kelly Johnson about her favourite heart-stirring moments while working at CHIN. 

Episodes are free. Subscribe in Apple Podcasts, Google Play or the podcast app of your choice to receive a notification each time a new one is released.

Read more and listen HERE.

Even More PD Opportunities!

January 27, 3:00 PM - 4:00PM: Webinar: The Power of Co-Design, Tamarack Institute Read more HERE.

February 19, 5:00PM: Mentee Application deadline for ArtsBuild Ontario Creative Spaces Mentoring Network.
Read more 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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For all questions or inquiries please contact the OMA: or call 416-348-8672 / 1-866-662-8672.

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Executive Director 
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