Museums in Canada's 2022 Federal Budget

Apr 07, 2022
April 7, 2022
Canada's 2022 Federal Budget
"A Plan to Grow Our Economy and Make Life More Affordable"
Today, the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, presented Budget 2022 in the House of Commons. 
Read the full Budget 2022
Items of Interest for Ontario Museums: 
  • To compensate Canadian arts, culture, and heritage organizations for revenue losses due to public health restrictions and capacity limits, Budget 2022 proposes to provide an additional $50 million in 2022-23 to the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Canada Council for the Arts, and Telefilm Canada. (page 195)
  • In addition, the 2021 Economic and Fiscal Update provided $62.3 million in 2022-23 to create a temporary program aimed at directly supporting performing artists and behind-the-scenes workers who were financially impacted by public health restrictions and closures. Funding is expected to be disbursed to these workers by summer 2022. (page 194)
  • To complement previous initiatives, Budget 2022 proposes to provide $12.1 million over two years, starting in 2022-23, to the National Arts Centre to support the creation, co-production, promotion, and touring of productions with Canadian commercial and not-for-profit performing arts companies. (page 194)
  • To ensure sufficient flexibility for charities to carry out their work, Budget 2022 proposes to amend the Income Tax Act to allow a charity to provide its resources to organizations that are not qualified donees, provided that the charity meets certain requirements designed to ensure accountability. This is intended to implement the spirit of Bill S-216, the Effective and Accountable Charities Act, which is currently being considered by Parliament. (page 195)
  • Following consultations with the charitable sector in 2021, Budget 2022 proposes to introduce a new graduated disbursement quota rate for charities. For investment assets exceeding $1 million, the rate of the disbursement quota will be increased from 3.5 per cent to 5 per cent. (page 196) 
  • The Canada Revenue Agency will also improve the collection of information from charities, including whether charities are meeting their disbursement quota, and on information related to investments and donor-advised funds held by charities. (page 196)
  • Budget 2022 proposes to provide $20 million in 2022-23 to the Department of Canadian Heritage to support the construction of the new Holocaust Museum in Montréal; and an investment of $2.5 million for the Sarah and Chaim Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre, as has been approved through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund and Museum Assistance Program. (page 185)
  • Recognizing that Canada’s fight against racism is far from over, Budget 2022 proposes to provide $85 million over four years, starting in 2022-23, to the Department of Canadian Heritage to support the work underway to launch a new Anti-Racism Strategy and National Action Plan on Combatting Hate(page 184) 
  • Budget 2022 proposes to provide $100 million over five years, starting in 2022-23, to support the implementation of the forthcoming Federal LGBTQ2 Action Plan, which will support a fairer and more equal Canada for LGBTQ2 Canadians. (page 184) 
  • Budget 2022 proposes to provide $4 million in 2022-23 to the Department of Canadian Heritage to help support the Muslims in Canada Archive. This funding will allow the Archive to continue its work with national archival and Muslim community organizations to acquire, organize, preserve, and make accessible records of and about Muslim people and organizations in Canada.(page 186)
  • Budget 2022 proposes $20 million over two years, beginning in 2022-23, for an expanded New Horizons for Seniors Program to support more projects that improve the quality of life for seniors and help them continue to fully participate in their communities. (page 190)

The OMA will provide more information as it becomes available. 

Read the full Budget 2022
"Moving Forward on Reconciliation"

Budget 2022 proposes to invest an additional $11 billion over six years to continue to support Indigenous children and families, and to help Indigenous communities continue to grow and shape their futures.:

Addressing the Shameful Legacy of Residential Schools (page 170 of Budget 2022)
The country was shaken following the multiple discoveries of unmarked burial sites at former residential schools over the past year, which are reminders of the shameful legacy of residential schools and colonialism.

The federal government will continue to be there to support communities as they respond to and heal from intergenerational trauma and the ongoing impact of residential schools. Addressing the legacy of residential schools will take time, and Canada will undertake this work in partnership with Indigenous people and communities.

  • Budget 2022 proposes to provide $209.8 million over five years, starting in 2022‑23, to increase the support provided to communities to document, locate, and memorialize burial sites at former residential schools; to support the operations of and a new building for the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation; and to ensure the complete disclosure of federal documents related to residential schools.
  • Budget 2022 also proposes $10.4 million over two years, starting in 2022-23, to support the appointment of a Special Interlocutor who will work collaboratively with Indigenous peoples and make recommendations for changes to strengthen federal laws and practices to protect and preserve unmarked burial sites.
  • Budget 2022 also proposes $5.1 million over five years, starting in 2022-23, to ensure the Royal Canadian Mounted Police can support community-led responses to unmarked burial sites.
  • Budget 2022 also proposes $25 million over three years, starting in 2022-23, [to Library and Archives Canada] to support the digitization of millions of documents relating to the federal Indian Day School System, which will ensure survivors and all Canadians have meaningful access to them.
  • Budget 2022 also proposes to provide $25 million over three years, starting in 2022-23, to Parks Canada to support the commemoration and memorialization of former residential schools sites.

Read the Backgrounder HERE. 

Read the full Budget 2022
OMA Job Posting:
Digital Transformation Project Coordinator
Deadline: April 25, 2022
Position Description:
Reporting to the Executive Director, the Project Coordinator will oversee a major 2-year project to support the Digital Transformation of Ontario museums, and the OMA’s own digital systems upgrade. The 2-year project includes working with experts and an Advisory Committee for the development and delivery of webinars, resources, and design and pilot delivery of online courses intended to build the digital skills of workers in small to mid-sized Ontario museums so that they can better serve their communities now and in the long-term.

Located at the OMA office or a home office depending on Public Health advice, and in close collaboration with a small staff complement, the Project Coordinator will use their skills to advance the project and lead the OMA’s digital systems upgrade; including: 
•    Assessing technology service providers and providing requirements; 
•    Developing and communicating a project plan and deadlines; 
•    Working within an approved budget;
•    Managing feedback from staff, advisory committee, and other stakeholders; and 
•    Preparing reports to funders and stakeholders

The Project Coordinator will liaise with a volunteer Advisory Committee, support the hiring and oversight of contracted service providers, subject-matter experts, and course instructors. The Project Coordinator will handle all the logistics and administrative tasks related to the project within the approved project budget, and coordinate project evaluation and draft reports to funders.

Application Process
Please send a cover letter and resume by April 25, 2021 to Marie Lalonde, Executive Director, at Please write “Digital Transformation Project Coordinator” in the subject line. 

Read more on the OMA Job Board HERE

Download a PDF of the Job Posting HERE. 

This project has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada. 
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