MHSTCI Responds to Member COVID-19 Regulation Questions

Nov 04, 2021
Need to Know
Survey of Heritage Institutions
Back Online
The 2021 Government of Canada Survey of Heritage Institutions is back online after a brief pause, due to the dissolution of Parliament for recent elections. The survey link is once again active and has been extended for responses until November 26, 2021

Organizations that were in the process of filling out the survey back in August will be able to complete their responses from where they left off. 

Canadian Heritage resent an email reminder with the survey link to all heritage institutions.
MHSTCI Responds to Member Questions About COVID-19 Regulation Compliance

Regarding: One-Way Traffic

With respect to separate entrances and exits to facilitate one direction of flow for museum visitors, there is no such requirement for museums in O. Reg. 364/20. However, some municipalities and local medical officers of health have exercised their authority to implement more restrictions or requirements. It is important for organizations and businesses to be aware of the public health practices in their areas of operation.

Regarding: Ticketing and Pre-Registration

With regards to ticketing and pre-registration, the regulation requires a reservation for members of the public to attend a seated event or activity or an indoor event or activity within a museum.  This requirement still applies to organizations that have opted to require proof of vaccination upon entry in accordance with section 2.2 of Schedule 1. For reference, please see paragraph 7 of subsection 24 (1) of Schedule 2. 

Please note that the ministry is not in a position to provide compliance or legal advice in respect of the regulations under the Act. It is the responsibility of impacted organizations and businesses to determine how the regulations apply to their operations. In this regard, your organization or its members may consider seeking independent legal advice to better understand what rules apply to their business, including compliance with advice, recommendations and instructions of public health officials and/or all applicable laws.

Fall Economic Statement Viewing Party
with Minister Lisa Macleod and Special Guest
Minister Peter Bethlenfalvy

Thursday, November 4, 2021
1:00pm ET

On Thursday, November 4th at 1:00 p.m., join Honourable Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism, and Culture Industries for a live virtual viewing party as the Government of Ontario unveils the 2021 Fall Economic Statement. Honourable Peter Bethlenfalvy, Minister of Finance will make remarks after the statement.

Register HERE
Ontario to Raise Minimum Wage to $15 an Hour

From the Office of the Premier:

As part of the 2021 Fall Economic Statement, the Ontario government will introduce legislation that, if passed, would raise the general minimum wage from $14.35 to $15.00 per hour effective January 1, 2022. Under the proposed changes, the special minimum wage rate for liquor servers would be eliminated and they would be entitled to the general minimum wage. Students under 18, homeworkers and hunting, fishing and wilderness guides would also see an increase in their special minimum wage rates.

Read the full news release HERE

At the OMA
Don't Miss the 2021 Conference!
Pay If You Can Registration
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Have you missed connecting with colleagues, friends, and community? While we’re not yet ready to host a gathering in person, we are very pleased to invite you to join us virtually for the OMA Annual Conference 2021: Recovery, Reopening, Reimagination on Thursday, November 25, 2021. This gathering is to help you connect, reconnect, and engage with the Ontario museum community and we have a jam-packed day of inspiring sessions about issues relevant to you.
In recognition of the extraordinary circumstances facing the heritage sector this year, and to facilitate access to Conference programming, discussions, and networking for museum professionals across the province, the OMA is offering a fully subsidized registration category for Conference 2021. 
We welcome OMA members who are students, Emerging Museum Professionals, IBPOC museum and cultural workers, and unemployed or under-employed museum workers to register under this category to attend Conference.
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We have an exciting day planned for you! As this year's conference is one day, we've made sure to pack it full of vital conversations and opportunities to engage with colleagues. You'll be inspired by sessions led by sector innovators, participate in reflective and constructive discussions, and feel rejuvenated by this community gathering.
Perspectives on Recovery, Reopening, and Reimagination 
Join Scott Beck, President and CEO of Destination Toronto, along with Beth Hanna, CEO of the Ontario Heritage Trust, and Umbereen Inayet, Programming Supervisor, City of Toronto, in a panel moderated by Cheryl Blackman, Interim General Manager, Economic Development and Culture at the City of Toronto, as they discuss how Ontario museums and attractions have adapted and are reimagining their future in an ongoing process of Recovery, Reopening, and Reimagination. 
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We encourage all conference participants to consider a donation to help us build the collective strength of our sector. Each contribution, whatever the amount, helps support OMA programs such as professional development, timely webinars and resources on best practices, advocacy on issues of interest, and much more, creating a more resilient Ontario museum community. Throughout the pandemic, the Association continues to provide members with free and accessible online learning and related bursaries, and to work with students, emerging and mid-career museum professionals, senior leaders, boards and volunteers to strengthen our workforce. Your contributions are particularly appreciated at this time.
Stay up-to-date with the OMA's 2021 Annual Conference by viewing our webpage HERE, and following the hashtag #OMAConf2021 on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram. We hope to see you again this November 25, 2021!
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Upcoming Certificate in Museum Studies (CMS) Registration Opening Dates

Education Programs
Format: Online
Course Dates: January 17-March 27, 2022
Course Director: Meredith Leonard, Hamilton Civic Museums
Registration opens: Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Care of Collections
Pre-requisite: Artifacts
Format: Online
Course Dates: January 17-March 27, 2022
Course Director: Carmen Li, Royal Alberta Museum
Registration opens: Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Exhibit Planning & Design
Format: Online
Course Dates: February 14-April 24, 2022
Course Director: Meredith Leonard, Hamilton Civic Museums
Registration opens: December 7, 2021

Log into your Individual member account and click on My Courses to register.

Not an Individual member? Find out more about membership HERE.

Read more about the Certificate in Museum Studies Program HERE.

Questions about the CMS Program? Email

New and Renewing OMA Members
Bruce Mines and District Historical     Society
Campbell House Museum
Dundas Museum and Archives
Elgin County Railway Museum
Fleming College-Heritage Programs
Friesens Corporation
Lake of the Woods Museum
Museums of Mississauga
MZTV Museum of Television
Obsidian Manufacturing Ltd.
Ottawa Museum Network
St. Edmunds Bruce Peninsula Museum
University of Toronto Museum Studies       Program
Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care -   History Walk
Welland Historical Museum
Sector News
Treaties Recognition Week
Ministry of Indigenous Affairs

This week marks the Sixth Annual Treaties Recognition Week. The week honours the importance of treaties and helps Ontario students and residents understand the significance of treaty rights, treaty relationships, and their relevance today. 

Greg Rickford, the Minister of Indigenous Affairs issued the following statement on November 1, 2021:

“Building understanding of these agreements through Treaties Recognition Week is an important part of reconciliation with Indigenous peoples and responds to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action to increase treaty awareness...

…I encourage everyone to take the opportunity to learn more about the important role treaties play in our province’s history and heritage, and why they continue to be relevant today as we move forward together on the path to reconciliation.”

Read the full news release HERE
Read more about Treaties Recognition Week HERE

Treaty Timeline
Great Lakes Research Alliance for the Study of
Aboriginal Arts & Cultures

GRASAC's Treaty Timeline is intended for treaty education and research. Each link in the timeline leads to pages with more information and resources for further research. GRASAC notes that it is not complete or authoritative, and it continues to be developed. Many treaties have not yet been added to the timeline. 

View the Great Lakes Research Alliance for the Study of Aboriginal Arts & Cultures' Treaty Timeline HERE

What Does it Mean to be Treaty People?
Huron County Museum

Free Webinar
Thursday, November 4, 2021
7:00pm ET

In honour of Treaties Recognition Week, Randall Kahgee will share an overview of Treaties, their historical and contemporary context, and how they govern the relationship between Indigenous people and the Federal and Provincial Governments. The talk will include a focus on treaties covering this region of the Lake Huron coast.

Randall Kahgee is Senior Counsel with Olthuis Kleer Townshend LLP and specializes in indigenous rights law, with an emphasis on community-based processes and government-to-government negotiations. He served as Chief of the Saugeen First Nation for four consecutive terms from June 2006 to June 2014. He has worked with First Nation governments across Canada and participated in significant agreements between First Nation communities and provincial and federal governments on energy matters, including issues relating to the development of nuclear facilities, transmission lines, wind energy projects, as well as environmental matters. He has extensive experience in consultation and accommodation related issues and has also been involved in the negotiation and implementation of land claim and self-government agreements and participated in a number of successful impact benefit negotiations. He has also advised First Nations on a range of governance related issues. Randall received his BA (Hon) from York University and his LLB from the University of Toronto.

Register HERE

Treaty Education Resources
Anishinabek Nation

Anishinabek Nation has put together a resource for Treaty education from a number of contributors. Each contributor will introduce themselves, as well as why Treaty education is important. All of the content is presented in a way for educators to engage in a learning journey alongside their students in a fun and informative way. 

Read more HERE

Holocaust Education Week 2021
Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre and Virtual J

This week is Holocaust Education Week 2021. Hosted by the Sarah and Chaim Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre and Virtual J, this year’s theme is "Holocaust Distortion, Myths and Misinformation". The online program will dispel the myths and misinformation that fuel antisemitism and hatred, and continue throughout the month of November. 

Program highlights include staff writer for the New Yorker Andrew Marantz on social media and the alt-right, an in-depth look at the insidious Holocaust iconography found in video game culture, a Dialogue for Descendants symposium, a film program exploring Holocaust and residential school denial, and a moving Kristallnacht commemoration with a sneak peek at the plans for the new Toronto Holocaust Museum. There will be ongoing Zoom group presentations with Neuberger Survivor Speakers.    

Learn more about Holocaust Education Week HERE
View featured program listings HERE
Register for Holocaust Education Week HERE

Ontario Trillium Foundation Webinars
"Overview of the Resilient Communities Fund"
Deadline: December 8, 2021 at 5 PM ET

Free Webinar
Monday, November 8, 2021
11:00am ET

What’s covered in this session?
  • A general overview of the Resilient Communities Fund
  • Top tips and common pitfalls when submitting an Resilient Communities Fund grant application.
Read more and register HERE

The Ontario Trillium Foundation is hosting these webinars every week in November.
View calendar listings HERE

"Are You Eligible for Ontario Trillium Foundation Funding?"

Free Webinar
Monday, November 8, 2021
12:00pm ET

This information session will focus only on the eligibility requirements organizations need to meet to be eligible for OTF funding. Topics of discussion include:
  • Organization requirements
  • Financial statements
  • Board of Directors information
  • OTF policy requirements
Read more and register HERE

The Ontario Trillium Foundation is hosting these webinars every week in November.
View calendar listings HERE
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