New deadline for MAP-Digital Access to Heritage

Jan 27, 2022
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Need to Know
Museums Assistance Program - Digital Access to Heritage: Additional Deadline
Canadian Heritage
New! September 1, 2022 for projects taking place between September 1, 2022, and March 31, 2024.

Read more HERE.
Minister MacLeod's Multi-Sectoral Technical Briefing on January 20, 2022

Minister MacLeod hosted a virtual multi-sectoral technical briefing on Thursday, January 20, 2022, to discuss the announced public health measures that will be coming into effect on January 31, 2022, February 21, 2022, and March 14, 2022.

View the slides HERE

Read the full News Release HERE

For updated information as it becomes available, visit the Government of Ontario website HERE

The OMA will provide more information as it becomes available.
OMA Resources
Webinar: From Living History
to Living the History
with Pickering Museum Village

Free Webinar
Tuesday, February 1, 2022
10:00am - 11:00am ET

The Pickering Museum Village has called itself a living history museum for many years. Lack of resources made the reality much different. An independent Master Site Use Study prompted a wake-up call in 2018. Beginning with a hard look at permanent exhibits, and what staff wanted the visitor experience to be, PMV staff began what they call a shift from living history to living the history. Two and half years and a pandemic later, Katrina Pyke and Ellen Tayles-Armstrong will share how it all started, where it is now, and what the next years look like. They will explore the need for museums to challenge the status quo and adapt to changing visitor expectations and patterns; how to shift a deeply rooted community museum culture; and how to accept that what the museum was doing in the past isn’t working. 

Following the presentation, there will be a Q&A moderated by Wendy Rowney from Black Creek Pioneer Village.

Speakers: Katrina Pyke and Ellen Tayles-Armstrong

Register HERE
New Year, New Resources:
OMA Resource Pages Updated
COVID-19 Resources

The OMA team has streamlined the COVID-19 resources page to ensure that the most up-to-date information is available. If there is a resource that you would like to access that is no longer available on this page, please email the OMA at

Visit the updated COVID-19 resources page HERE.


The OMA's advocacy page has been updated and reorganized to create an easier and more helpful experience. On this page, you will find a collection the OMA's advocacy efforts, including the 2022 Budget submission, and a number of tools to help you in advocating for your organization. If there is a resource that you would like to access that is no longer available on this page, or if you would like more information, please email the OMA at

Visit the updated advocacy page HERE.

Current Funding Opportunities

To help ease your search for funding support, the OMA team has compiled a list of current funding opportunities that are relevant to Ontario's museums, complete with deadlines and short descriptions. Please note that though the page is refreshed regularly, deadlines may pass between updates. 

Visit the current funding opportunities page HERE
 Upcoming Funding Deadlines

January 28, 2022: Listen, Hear Our Voices
January 28, 2022: The National Anti-Racism Fund
January 31, 2022: Celebration and Commemoration Program - Reopening Fund
January 31, 2022: Local Festivals - Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage
February 2, 2022: Reconnect Ontario 2022
February 15, 2022: Summer Experience Program
March 1, 2022: Museums Assistance Program - Digital Access to Heritage

View more funding opportunities on the OMA website HERE.
Webinar Recording: 
Making Cultural Spaces Safe During COVID-19 Initiative from the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund

Canadian Heritage
This recorded presentation is an information session on the Making Cultural Spaces Safe During COVID-19 Initiative from the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund, Department of Canadian Heritage, including project examples, eligibility, and timeline. The Initiative will provide 1-time project-based support to arts and heritage organizations to upgrade their spaces and purchase specialized equipment needed to safely reopen while following public health guidelines. 

Speakers: Valerie Hopper and Sarah Hill from the Department of Canadian Heritage

View the recording HERE.
The Making Cultural Spaces Safe During COVID-19 Initiative is currently open for applications. Read more about the Initiative HERE
Webinar Recording: 
The Museums Assistance Program -
an Overview and Q&A

Canadian Heritage
Reminder: Next deadline for Digital Access to Heritage is March 1st!

Department of Canadian Heritage staff join the Ontario Museum Association for an overview of what you need to know about applying to the Museums Assistance Program in 2021. Learn about the Digital Access to Heritage component, as well as the Collections Management, Indigenous Heritage, Exhibit Circulation Fund, Canada France Agreement, and Access to Heritage components and how to make the most of each one. 

John Bell, Bruce Borysiuk, and Sarah Hill from the Department of Canadian Heritage

View the recording HERE.
Read more about MAP - Digital Access to Heritage HERE
Members in the News 
Grimsby Museum offering chance to uncover history from home
Bushplane Museum chooses new ED, Jamie Hilsinger
Collingwood Museum produces podcast, Stories from Another Day
Aurora Historical Society gifted $500 from Aurora Cosmos to help reopen
External Resources
Museums Assistance Program - Digital Access to Heritage: Additional Deadline
Canadian Heritage
The Museums Assistance Program (MAP) is now accepting applications for the second deadline of the new component – Digital Access to Heritage. The Digital Access to Heritage component provides funding to Indigenous organizations, Canadian museums and museums associations to digitize collections and make them available to the public, develop digital content and build their capacity in these areas. The component also supports the development and delivery of related training, resources and services that benefit multiple museums.

Application Deadlines
  • March 1, 2022 for projects taking place between April 1, 2022, and March 31, 2024
  • New! September 1, 2022 for projects taking place between September 1, 2022, and March 31, 2024
For full details on program eligibility and information on how to apply, please visit the Guidelines. Contact your regional office of the Department of Canadian Heritage to discuss your project and request an application package.
Watch the recording of "The Museums Assistance Program -
an Overview and Q&A" with the Department of Canadian Heritage HERE.
Download the infographic below HERE.
Reminder: Archaeological Conservation Services for 2022–2023
Canadian Conservation Institute
The Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI) is currently accepting requests for archaeological conservation services for 2022–2023. This call includes requests for pre- and post-excavation archaeological conservation treatments as well as requests for archaeological conservation field services.
Requests must be received no later than February 15, 2022.
To apply, please complete one of the following forms:
For questions or assistance in preparing your application, please contact John Moses, Manager, Treatment and Collections – Objects, Paper and Archaeology Division.
*Requests are evaluated against CCI’s assessment criteria. Clients will be advised of results by March 30, 2022. Please note that requests received after February 15 will not be assessed until the following year.
Bibliographic Database of the Conservation Information Network Upgrade
Canadian Conservation Institute
The Bibliographic Database of the Conservation Information Network (BCIN) has been upgraded and relaunched on a new platform! BCIN is one of the most important tools for retrieving bibliographic information on cultural heritage conservation and offers searchable access to more than 260,000 bibliographic records in the specialized field of cultural heritage science and conservation. 

The database combines the bibliographic records from the libraries of five cultural heritage institutions and allows researchers to search all five collections simultaneously:

Visit the upgraded and relaunched platform HERE

Digital Preservation Decision Tree Model to Establish Whether a Digital Resource
Should be Preserved

Canadian Heritage Information Network
This digital preservation decision tree helps cultural heritage institutions decide which of their existing digital resources should be preserved for the long term. The tree may be used to help develop the institution’s digital preservation policy (a key document that supports and helps determine the institution’s digital preservation action plan) or to support an existing policy for resources not already covered by it.

The 2021 version of this tree differs from previous versions in that it includes a detailed subtree for technical considerations. These considerations are a distillation of issues identified and taught by Joe Iraci and Ern Bieman in the Canadian Conservation Institute’s “Modern Information Carriers and Digital Preservation” workshops held between 2017 and 2019.

Read more HERE.
Resource Centre
Ontario Nonprofit Network
The Resource Centre is a dynamic platform of resources produced by and for Ontario’s nonprofit sector. The focus is to support leadership, staff, volunteers and supporters of the sector, as they serve their communities, strengthen their organizations, manage activities, and increase their impact.
  • Webinar Recording: Bridging Past and Future: An Intergenerational Discussion on the Future of Nonprofits
    • As workers and volunteers in the nonprofit sector, what can we learn from each other to create relationships/new ways of supporting communities? This recording is from the Ontario Nonprofit Network‘s Nonprofit Driven 2021 conference.
  • Podcast: Digging In: Reimagining Governance
    • In this podcast episode, project lead for the Ontario Nonprofit Network Reimagining Governance initiative, Erin Kang, shares how taking an expansive view of governance can open up space for asking different questions and deeper dialogue around issues of racial justice and equity.
Visit the Resource Centre HERE.
Return to the Workplace:
A psychological toolkit for heading back to work

Canadian Mental Health Association
Returning to a Shared Workspace: A psychological toolkit for transitioning to a new normal is a guide to support the mental health of individuals as they plan safe transitions back into their employer’s shared workspaces, and designed to help employers as they develop policies and procedures for supporting staff returning to a shared workspace.

This toolkit is part of an effort to support the mental health needs of Ontarians and promotes principles of positive mental health and well-being while encouraging the use of additional supports. It aims to provide meaningful guidance on how to support mental health concerns with respect to the pandemic for a variety of organizations. The suggestions provided are meant to enhance the supports available to individuals during this challenging transition.

View the toolkit HERE.
This resource is part of a collection of panel resources from Charity Village's Annual Conference & Awards 2021. View the collected resources HERE
Tolerance for Uncertainty:
A COVID-19 Workbook

Bay Psychology
Dr. Sachiko Nagasawa created this workbook to assist individuals with managing the strong emotions that will arise during this difficult time through a form of psychological treatment called Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT). DBT is an evidence based intervention that helps individuals identify their feelings and learn skills to better manage their emotions. The content for this workbook has been pulled from various resources such as “DBT Skills Training Handouts and Worksheets” by Dr. Marsha Linehan, worksheets through the Centre for Clinical Interventions, CAMH’s COVID-19 website, Dr. Kristin Neff's work on self-compassion, and Dr. Nagasawa's own clinical background in dialectical and emotion-focused therapies.

View the workbook HERE.
This resource is part of a collection of panel resources from Charity Village's Annual Conference & Awards 2021. View the collected resources HERE
Webinar Recording: 
Looking Ahead: Embracing Sustainability and Resiliency for a Better Tomorrow

Parque Explora
This event was part of the United Nations Climate Week. More museums have been going green and net zero, setting new milestones in exhibit outreach, educational offerings, electronic communication, board awareness and building design and operation. During this one-hour live discussion, distinguished museum directors from different continents engage in an insightful dialogue addressing their response to operational sustainability while preserving cultural heritage and inspiring, protecting and respecting their communities. Participants from around the globe tuned in to discover innovative practices and interact in the live Q&A.

  • Massimo Bergamini, Canadian Museums Association, Canada
  • Frances Morris, Tate Modern, United Kingdom
  • Ricardo Piquet, Museum of Tomorrow, Brazil
  • Andres Roldan, Parque Explora, Colombia
  • Joyce Lee, American Alliance of Museums Environment Climate Network, United States
View the recording HERE.
February is Black History Month
Natasha Henry

Recollect Media
Natasha Henry is president of the Ontario Black History Society, and the author of several titles, including Emancipation Day: Celebrating Freedom in Canada, and Talking About Freedom: Celebrating Emancipation Day in Canada, among others. She is also the steward of a new research project entitled “One Too Many” - a dissertative effort focusing on the enslavement of African men, women, and children in Upper Canada between 1760 and 1834. In this conversation, Henry discusses the undertold history of slavery in Ontario, her contribution to the upcoming project, A Black People’s History of Canada, and her reasons for developing a Black Canadian digital archive to inform and empower the rest of the Pan-African family. This is how we RECOLLECT.

Listen to the podcast HERE.
Fred Blair: Black Veterans of the War of 1812

Orillia Museum of Art & History
Free Webinar
Wednesday, February 16, 2022
7:00pm - 8:00pm ET

The Black community on Wilberforce Street in Oro was created in 1819 to reward veterans of the War of 1812 with land grants. But why did most Black veterans refuse to settle there? For Black History Month, Fred Blair shares his extensive research into the Black experience of the war, including stories about some Oro families and other Black veterans.

Register HERE.
Anti-Black Racism in the Arts -
A Panel Discussion

Guelph Black Heritage Society & DiverseWorks
Free Webinar
Saturday, February 19, 2022
2:00pm - 3:30pm ET

In honour of Black Heritage Month, the panel will be discussing and dissecting how anti-black racism continues to affect the arts sectors from Waterloo Region and Wellington and across Canada as a whole. The Panel will share personal experiences with racism, speak to the work they are doing to dismantle oppressive systems and offer suggestions of how everybody can engage in the necessary work of bringing equity, safety and prosperity for Black Folks into our mainstream culture as Canadians.

Register HERE.
Black History Speaker Series: 
Black and in the Niagara Borderlands
Before the Civil War

Niagara Parks
Free Webinar
Wednesday, February 23, 2022
7:00pm ET

This session will explore the struggle of transient Blacks to negotiate space for recourse and self-assertion within the crossroads of two contrasting political realms. Join Dr. Dan Broyld as he highlights the idea that Black inhabitants of Rochester, New York and St. Catharines, Canada West possessed transnational identities and strategically positioned themselves near the American-Canadian partition where immigration, movement and interaction occurred.

This event is part of the Black History Speaker Series where you can discover three different perspectives on Black history and culture in Canada. This inspiring series will explore the power of the Black community in Niagara.

Read more and register HERE.
Celebrating Black history and culture
Toronto Public Library
Toronto Public Library (TPL) celebrates Black History with a collection of programs and special events that honour Black heritage, and consider the historical significance and contemporary contributions of Black activists and artists from around the world.

TPL will be hosting a range of virtual events:
Read more HERE.
OMA Job Board
Bourgeois, Voyageur and Tour Guide (BVT) Specialist
Fort William Historical Park

January 28
$789.21 - $919.04/week

Read more HERE.
Finance & Development Manager
Watson’s Mill and Dickinson House

January 30
$60,000 - $65,000/year

Read more HERE.
Event & Travelling Exhibitions Assistant
Canadian Museum of Nature

January 30
$52,403 - $62,995/year

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!
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. The OMA successfully advocated for federal emergency support funding through the Museums Assistance Program, the early and streamlined release of Community Museum Operating Grant (CMOG) funds in 2020 and 2021, and for an additional $2 million to support digital activities during pandemic closures. Your support, participation, and membership make our work possible.

Representing the interests of over 700 museums, galleries, and heritage sites across the province, the OMA offers regular webinars and professional development opportunities and resources for pandemic recovery. An OMA membership connects you with our network of over 1000 members, provides you with the tools and resources that support your professional practice, and keeps you informed of breaking news about funding opportunities and policy changes via the ONmuseums weekly newsletter and timely eNews alerts.

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