Minister MacLeod on Museum Funding

Nov 12, 2020
Need to Know
Minister MacLeod's Message at #OMAConf2020

On Thursday, November 5, the Honourable Lisa MacLeod, Ontario's Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism, and Culture Industries, addressed delegates at the first virtual Ontario Museum Association Annual Conference 2020.

Minister MacLeod stated: 
"I’ve noticed that museum funding has remained relatively stable, and it's been difficult for museums that may have come up over the last few years, to represent our very diverse communities, has been a challenge. And so in the Ministry, we are looking at that, and we are continuing to speak to our colleagues on the Treasury Board to get an acknowledgement that that needs to be changed. And so I wanted to offer today my time and my commitment to all of you to succeed in a pandemic world and a post-pandemic world."

When asked about CMOG, number of open hours during the pandemic, and museums concerns for being penalized, the Minister responded:
"This is something we've been dealing with...across the entire Ministry. [...] We have been... working with Treasury Board, as well as with the Auditor General, to make sure that we can continue to flow money for sunk and eligible costs and see if there's a way for us to best support you." 

"I was firm on the 12th of March in the weeks following that we would not be withholding funds from people, that if we could flow money out the door for sunk and eligible costs, that we would do that.[...] as long as we're all following the rules that have been laid out by public accounts and the Treasury Board Secretariat."

Minister MacLeod also stated: 
"When we look at economic recovery and we're talking about hyperlocal tourism, your community museum today is so, so important to remind people of where they live and how that community was developed.
But just as importantly, to provide that authentic tourism experience"

Watch Minister Lisa MacLeod's message to delegates at the OMA Annual Conference 2020 HERE.

Turn on captions for the Minister's message using instructions HERE 

Engage your MPP with OMA White Paper Exhibiting Resilience

The OMA's white paper, titled "Exhibiting Resilience: Empowering Ontario’s community museums for strategic recovery" was launched on Thursday November 5th at the OMA Annual General Meeting and announced in a special edition of ONmuseums. 

OMA will work to ensure that museums' specific needs are considered and that museums are able to fully benefit from support announced in the 2020 Ontario Budget –
Ontario’s Action Plan: Protect, Support, Recover.

Part of this work is to build awareness of the value of museums and of recommendations for the sector. Members are encouraged to use the resources below for themselves, their volunteers, and their board members to write letters to their local MPPs to ensure they are aware of how museums can be empowered to fully contribute to a strong recovery.  

Engage your MPP:
  1. Download a template letter HERE
  2. Find your MPP's contact information HERE
  3. Attach a copy Exhibiting Resilience from HERE.
  4. cc: Minister MacLeod (
  5. cc: the OMA ( on your email
Provincial News
Ontario Fall Budget 2020 includes $100 million Community Building Fund
The Province is investing $100 million over two years to develop a Community Building Fund that supports community tourism, cultural and sport organizations, which are experiencing significant financial pressures due to the pandemic. These organizations support community engagement, tourism and recreation through a variety of attractions, experiences, events and activities. Funding support would be available to not-for-profit organizations and municipalities, and the program will be delivered by the Ontario Trillium Foundation with two streams:
  • Supports for local community tourism, heritage and culture not-for-profits, such as community museums, local theatres, fairs and cultural institutions, to help sustain their operations in the short term and create new attractions, experiences and events; and
  • Funding for municipalities and not-for-profit sport and recreation organizations to make investments in infrastructure rehabilitation and renovation, in order to meet public health protocols and local community needs. 
We understand that eligibility criteria and program details for the Community Building Fund are being developed with an intended program launch in Winter 2020-21.

The OMA, as industry partner to MHSTCI, will work with the Ministry on this important program to ensure museum representation.

Read the full Budget HERE.
Ontario Trillium Foundation
Resilient Communities Fund
Deadline: December 2, 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.
Archives of Ontario launches GLAM Wiki project
From Archives of Ontario:
Like many other Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums (GLAMs) across the globe, we’re enhancing our presence in the Wiki ecosystem by sharing digital materials on Wikimedia Commons, encouraging editors to use our resources for writing articles and improving metadata, and other forms of collaboration.

We’ve added more than 300 images to the Wikimedia Commons to make our records more accessible to researchers and to encourage knowledge creation. We’re planning to upload images from two more collections in the next few weeks, bringing the total to more than 1,750 images.

Read more HERE. 
GOEMP COVID-19 Follow-Up Survey
We are now conducting a follow-up survey to make sure we are still on the right path with supporting EMPs in the province. Have things gotten better for you? Have they gotten worse? Do you feel like the community is there for you?

We want to hear about your experiences and what you would like us to do next. Please also share this survey with your friends, colleagues and networks. The more we know, the better we can do. We encourage you to take 5-10 minutes and let us know what you think!

Read more HERE. 
Respond to the Survey HERE. 
The Workplace, Reimagined
Free Virtual Conference
Hosted by Public Services Health & Safety Association

November 17, 2020
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Hosted by Public Services Health & Safety AssociationThe Workplace, Reimagined virtual conference will recognize how the pandemic has changed our world of work and look forward to where we go from here.

Designed for organizational leaders across Canada, the event will gather innovative perspectives on what this new world of work should look like and feature knowledge and insight from speakers.

Read more and register HERE.
OMA Initiatives
6th Annual OMA & GOEMP Trivia Night
at OMA Conference!
November 26, 7:00pm on Zoom

The Group of Ontario Emerging Museum Professionals Committee is grateful to partner with the OMA again for the 2020 Annual Conference.

We are excited to announce we will be hosting our Annual Trivia Night with a bit of a twist this year. We are going virtual! We will be using Zoom to allow everyone to have the chance to participate. Make sure to sign up and get ready to test your trivia skills!

Sign up as an individual and you will be matched with other players to form a team. It’s great chance to flex your trivia muscles and meet new people!

Everyone is welcome!
CMS Collections Management Online Course – Very Limited Space Available!
Registration opens on Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 12am

Course: Collections Management
Date: January 25 – April 4, 2021
Format: Online
Course Director: Janet Reid, Markham Museum

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

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

Questions? Email

#OMAConf2020 Webinar Series Continues!

Tues. Nov. 17, 10 am
Agile: Training to Help You Manage and Implement New Projects

Cheryl Blackman, Amy Hetherington, and Peter Pavement discuss how agile project management can make it easier to successfully deliver projects and programs that meet audience needs, despite limited time and resources.

Tues Nov. 24, 10am
The View from the Middle: Mid-Career Museum Professionals

Claire Bennett and Meredith Leonard invite mid-career museum professionals to share their thoughts and experiences and brainstorm solutions to common issues and challenges faced by this cohort.

Register for the Webinar series and:
  • watch the remaining two webinars live AND
  • get early access to recordings of all four webinars!
Register HERE
Museums for Me
Public Engagement Campaign

The Ontario Museum Association is part of a consortium of museum associations from across Canada partnered in Museums for Me – a project engaging Canadians on the meaning and value they see in museums. It’s an important time to focus on what Canadians value in the work we do, and we’re asking our members to help encourage participation.

Learn more about the engagement HERE.
Out-of-Province News
Results from Federal COVID-19 Emergency Support Funding for Heritage Organizations
Ontario organizations received $10.5 Million through the
Museums Assistance Program (MAP)

Between August 4th and September 30th, 319 Ontario institutions received a total of $10,490,079 in emergency support funding from the Department of Canadian Heritage. Museums received between $1,000 and $100,000 in support, with the average amount of funding received per museum at $32,884. 

Across Canada, 1,234 applications were approved and more than $33 million in support funding was distributed. 

Comments from applicants included that the process was straightforward. The OMA and other museums associations from across Canada worked to ensure that the eligibility criteria and process for applicants were inclusive and accessible to as many as possible. 

The OMA will share more details of the program as they become available, and will use these results and comments from applicants to recommend future support programs. 
CCI-CHIN Joins New Sustainability Initiative,
"Our Collections Matter"

The Canadian Conservation Institute and the Canadian Heritage Information Network (CCI-CHIN) are proud to join forces with ICCROM (International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property) and other international partners on a new initiative: Our Collections Matter.
The initiative aims to ensure that all collections-based institutions play their fullest part in environmental, economic and social sustainability. It will help raise awareness across sectors of the contributions that heritage institutions make in sustainable development through their conservation and collection-related activities. This initiative also seeks to highlight the central role of conservation in unlocking the potential of collections for the benefit of all people.

Read more HERE.
Upcoming OMA Dates

November 18, 12am: Registration Opens: CMS: Collections Management Online Course.  Limited space!

January 11, 2021: Start Date: CMS: Organization & Management of Museums Online Course
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.

Marie G. Lalonde
Executive Director 
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