National Consultations for Canada's Museum Policy

Oct 27, 2022
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Need to Know

Stakeholder survey released on Oct. 27th -Renewal of the Canadian museum policy
Department of Canadian Heritage

The Department of Canadian Heritage is leading the renewal of the Canadian museum policy which informs the government’s response to the heritage sector through legislative, financial, and administrative measures.

The Department will be undertaking extensive public consultations, which includes a short survey asking stakeholders to provide their views on current and emerging priorities of the museum and heritage sector. Responses from the survey will be utilized to help inform the modernization of Canada’s national museum policy. This survey will be of interest to heritage institutions large and small, including museums, art museums, archives, historic sites, botanical gardens, and zoos.

The Department will be sending an email to all heritage institutions on October 27 with the online survey attached to approximately 2,600 heritage institutions and to over 45 colleges and universities who offer museums study programs.

Email the Department of Canadian Heritage to learn more.

Canada's National Museum Policy

The Department of Canadian Heritage held a virtual information session on the renewal of Canada's Museum Policy. 

Download the presentation slides HERE.

Upcoming webinar: Young Canada Works
Canadian Museum Association

Thursday November 10, 2022
2 p.m. ET

The Canadian Museums Association administers a short-term job placement program (Young Canada Works) on behalf of Canadian Heritage and want to ensure that as many Canadian youth (aged 30 and under) are aware of the program and its benefits. Young Canada Works is intended for current (secondary and post-secondary) students and for post-secondary graduates. 

The CMA is hosting a webinar on Thursday, November 10, 2022 at 2pm ET and would like to extend an invitation to all interested in learning more about the YCW program. 

Learn more and register HERE.

Additional details: 

The Canadian Museums Association delivers two streams of Young Canada Works: YCW at Building Careers in Heritage for youth with a post-secondary degree and YCW in Heritage Organizations for youth currently enrolled in studies (secondary or post-secondary). 

Both YCW streams allow young Canadians to gain short-term work experience in the heritage, arts and culture sectors. Previous museum experience is not required to participate in the program. The cultural heritage sector is growing and benefits from a diverse set of skills, including those beyond what are offered in museums studies programs. Our students and interns come from all academic disciplines, including English, History, Communications, Archaeology, and STEM programs (among others). The YCW program provides skill development and networking opportunities to those who are considering careers in cultural heritage. 

For more information on YCW: Students and graduates – Young Canada Works -

For information on the CMA as a YCW delivery organization: CMA | Canadian Museums Association 


Resilient Communities Fund
Grant application available November 9

Ontario Trillium Foundation

This fund supports the recovery efforts of organizations impacted by COVID-19 and helps them respond with immediate, medium, and longer-term recovery projects.

  • Applicants can apply for a minimum of $10,000, and up to $200,000, with a maximum of $100,000 per year.
  • Grant application available starting Wednesday, November 9, 2022. 
  • Deadline to apply December 7, 2022 at 5 p.m. ET

The grant supports projects that help rebuild an organization’s capacity, enhance their resiliency, and meet the changing needs of their communities. Projects should be focused on: 

  • developing new approaches;
  • starting new activities;
  • adjusting strategies, or 
  • planning for future challenges 

Applicants who received a Resilient Communities Fund grant from the April 6, 2022 deadline are not eligible to apply for this round.

Read more HERE.
Download resources to help plan and prepare your grant application HERE. 

Webinars: Overview of OTF’s Resilient Communities Fund

The Ontario Trillium foundation offers online sessions to provide a general overview of OTF’s Resilient Communities Fund. These sessions will include top tips & common pitfalls when submitting an application.

Read more and register HERE.

Digital Museums Canada
Call for Proposals and Information Session

Virtual Information Session November 3rd at 1 p.m. EDT

Does your organization have a compelling story that could be told using a digital platform? Do you need funding or expert guidance?
Digital Museums Canada (DMC) is the largest national investment program dedicated to supporting digital projects developed by Canadian museum and heritage organizations. 
Through our annual Call for Proposals, eligible organizations are invited to apply for up to $250,000 in investment funding for digital projects to create incredible online experiences that engage current and future audiences.
The 2022 Call for Proposals closes on December 1 at 5 p.m. EST.
Need help with your proposal? Register for a free, virtual information session November 2nd (French) and November 3rd (English) to get knowledge, tools and resources that you can use to make your application stand out. 
Visit for more information and to register for the session.

Confessions of a Museum Professional
Participate online or in-person during #OMAConf2022!
Confessions of a Museum Professional is back! Join the Group of Ontario Emerging Museum Professionals (GOEMP) Committee in-person on November 7 at this year’s OMA Conference “Changing Directions: Practice over Permanence.”

Delegates are invited to draft their own anonymous confessions and share them with friends and colleagues in attendance. All writing materials will be provided.

Can’t join us at this year’s in-person conference but still want to participate? That’s ok because GOEMP’s got you covered! Use the online submission form by following these easy steps:
See the full Conference Program
Session Highlight: Monday November 7 In-person

One Small Step at a Time: Navigating Museum Space with Mentorship and Peer Support

Speakers: Hanjia Li, Research Assistant, University of Toronto, Jingshu Yao, Historical Interpreter, Toronto History Museums, Madeline Smolarz, Office, Operations, and Financial Manager, Oakville Galleries, Selin Kahramanoğlu, Chair, Group of Ontario Emerging Museum Professionals (GOEMP) Committee

The session is a panel discussion that starts with a short presentation on Jingshu Yao's case study, and then invites marginalized emerging museum professionals in Ontario to share their perspectives on how mentorship has supported them in the past, what could have been done but wasn’t implemented, and how they envision the future of supporting each other in the museum sector.

Read more HERE.

Session Highlight: Monday November 21 Online
Embracing Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Collections Development: A Textile Museum of Canada Case Study

Speakers: Cara Krmpotich, Associate Professor, Faculty of Information, University of Toronto, Julia Brucculieri, Curatorial & Collection Assistant, Textile Museum of Canada, and Roxane Shaughnessy, Senior Curator and Manager of Collection, Textile Museum of Canada

This session will use a case study from the Textile Museum of Canada to address topics such as building active museum collections, adopting EDI-informed policies and practices, and creating a welcoming space to access collections. The presentation illustrates that it is possible to rethink the way collections are presented to our audiences and communities, and hopes to spark conversations on the topic of EDI in relation to collections management.

Read more HERE.

See the full Conference Program
We look forward to gathering with you at OMA Annual Conference!
  • Monday, November 7, 2022 In-person (Hamilton) – select sessions live-streamed
  • Tuesday, November 8, 2022 (Hamilton) Study Tours
  • Monday, November 21, 2022 Online – Full day of interactive online sessions
Register Today!
Book Your Accommodation for the In-person Conference HERE.
In case of unavailability on hotel rooms at the Sheraton Hamilton Hotel on November 7, a number of rooms have been set aside for OMA delegates at Staybridge Suites Hamilton - Downtown (5 minute walk from the Sheraton Hamilton Hotel). Book your accommodation HERE.

Learn about the Health & Wellbeing Policies and Practices HERE.
Learn about the Registration Terms, Conditions & Refund Policy HERE.

Contact Us:
Tel: 416-348-8672
Toll-free in Ontario: 1-866-662-8672
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OMA Resources
OMA Online Annual General Meeting

The Ontario Museum Association will hold its 2022 Annual General Meeting virtually on Friday, October 28, 2022 at 10:00a.m. to 11:00a.m. 

Members can participate by registering HERE.
Please find the following AGM documents HERE:

  • AGM Agenda 
  • 2021 AGM Minutes
  • Audited Summary Financial Statements 2021-2022
  • Council Nominations Slate
  • Call for Members of the 2023 Nominations Committee
  • AGM Motion Form
  • AGM Proxy Form
  • OMA Annual Report 2021-2022

Contact Us
For questions or more information
By email at or
By phone at 416-348-8672 or toll-free in Ontario 1-866-662-8672

Webinar Recording: Virtual School Programming
Decision Making for Small Museums
School programming is central to how museums deliver on their educational missions. In this webinar recording, Christina Sydorko from the Oil Museum of Canada, Karen Taylor from the Canadian Canoe Museum, and Michael Furdyk from Connected North have a conversation about the questions you need to consider when deciding whether and how to create your own virtual school programs. Geared specifically to small and rural museums, the discussion starts with “why” and takes you through the practicalities and promising practices that make virtual school programming successful and sustainable.

Watch on the OMA YouTube Channel HERE. 

Additional Resources:
Virtual School Programming Decision Making Worksheet
Christina Sydorko: Oil Museum of Canada
Asynchronous Virtual School Programming Workshop
Christina Sydorko: Oil Museum of Canada
Synchronous Virtual School Programming Workshop
Christina Sydorko: Oil Museum of Canada
External Resources
GivingTuesday Campaign Toolkit
GivingTuesday is November 29, 2022

GivingTuesday is an important day for Canadian charities!

This year, CanadaHelps has put together a new campaign toolkit to make it easier than ever for charities to participate. The toolkit includes email templates, social media templates, and a sample campaign plan.

In past years, we’ve seen GivingTuesday campaigns that have been extremely successful, and we believe that this year’s campaign can be even better. With the help of our toolkit, charities will be able to reach more donors, raise more money, and make a bigger impact.

Read more HERE.
Marketing Masterclass Toolkits
Work in Culture

Learn about marketing strategy best practices with Work In Culture's Marketing Masterclass Toolkits.

Each toolkit offers learning content and resources from the 2021–2022 program that will help guide you through the basics of creating and implementing a marketing strategy for your organization.

Setting the Strategy

This toolkit covers the Marketing Mix (or the 7 Ps of Marketing) and the basics of branding. You'll learn what parts of the Marketing Mix you have and what you need, as well as what branding is and isn't, and how it applies to your organization. Read the toolkit.

Audience Development

This toolkit covers how to define your desired audience and how to find them, talk to them, and get them interested in what you do. You'll learn about buyer personas and customer journey profiles so that you'll understand who you want to talk to, what you want to talk to them about, and when. Read the toolkit.

Implement + Evaluation

This toolkit pulls together what you've learned about branding and audience so that you can start implementing your strategy. How will you know if it worked? This toolkit also covers how to monitor your progress so that you can measure and assess whether your marketing is working. Read the toolkit.

Read more HERE.
Email Marketing 101: How to Create Effective Email Fundraising Appeals
Charity Village

Whether you’re trying to engage first-time donors or boost the generosity of recurring ones, one of the biggest pain points nonprofits have is getting their message heard. 

With so many distractions competing for your donor’s attention, it can be hard to break through the chatter. That’s why we recommend going straight to the source with a tried and true method: Email. 

Emails are a direct lifeline to your donors, reaching constituents in their homes, at work, or on their phones while they’re on the go. Not to mention they have one of the higher ROIs of any communications channel at $78 for every 1,000 emails sent. 

So, if you’re looking to enhance your fundraising for Giving Tuesday and beyond without spending hours creating each email appeal, follow these top tips to get you set up for success. 

Read more HERE.
Workplace Psychological Health and Safety Guide
Public Services Health & Safety Association

A psychological health and safety program supports worker well-being and mitigates risk of work-related psychological injury and illness.

This guide is designed to provide information, guidance, tools, and resources for Psychologically Healthy and Safe Workplaces in the broader public sectors to employers, JHSC/HSR and other interested parties. The guide can be used to build a new psychological health and safety program, and/or to identify program gaps in an existing one. It offers new innovative tools and solutions to enhance and/or augment the program development and implementation journey.

Read more HERE.
Resources for the new Elementary Science and Technology Curriculum
Science North

Science North is developing a series of new resources in support of the implementation of the new Ontario Elementary Science and Technology Curriculum.

Each webinar will be delivered live on the date indicated at 3:30pm EST, and will feature two distinct lesson plans. The webinars will be recorded for future access and will remain free and available to view at your leisure.

Read more and register HERE.
OMA Job Board
Marketing & Communications Associate
The Canadian Canoe Museum

November 4, 2022
$40,000 - $50,000
Read more HERE.
Executive Director
Ontario Historical Society

November 14, 2022
$75,000 - $85,000
Read more HERE.
Assistant Coordinator (Projects & Exhibitions)
Art Museum at the University of Toronto

November 21, 2022
$56,000 - $71,000
Read more HERE.
 Ontario Museum Jobs
To access all OMA Job Board Listings, CLICK HERE

The OMA features job listings from the online submissions received through our website.  To submit a listing for an open position at your institution, CLICK HERE!
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‘Reopening the doors’: Niagara-on-the-Lake heritage celebrated
Science North earns national award for travelling exhibit
OMA's 50th Anniversary
2022 is the Ontario Museum Association’s 50th Anniversary! We are celebrating 50 years of advancing a strong museum sector for Ontario with staff and volunteers from the province’s 700 museums, galleries, and heritage sites. To commemorate this occasion, we are hosting a year-long series of online activities, culminating at the OMA Annual Conference 2022 in Hamilton in November.

We welcome everyone to join the celebration of our 50th anniversary
and to visit a museum near you!

Learn more about our 50th Anniversary HERE.

Support Ontario’s Museums: Donate Now!

As museums across Ontario face the challenges of reopening safely and renewing relationships with your communities, the OMA is here for you. Your support, participation, and membership make our work possible.

If you are already an OMA member, thank you! Please renew your membership when you receive an email reminder. If you are not yet a member, please consider an individual, institutional, or commercial membership for yourself, your colleagues, or your institution. You can find information about member categories and benefits on our website.

You can make a donation to the OMA on our website or through Canada Helps. Every contribution adds to the collective strength of our sector. Thank you for your support!

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