New Innovations, New Museum Spaces

Sep 08, 2022
Need to Know
Leaders in innovation:
the arts, heritage and entertainment

Hill Strategies

Statistics Canada recently surveyed organizations and businesses (with at least one employee) about their innovations, if any, since the start of the pandemic. In this post, Kelly Hill of Hill Strategies analyzes the collective responses of organizations and businesses in the arts, heritage, and entertainment.

Key finding: Arts, heritage, and entertainment organizations and businesses have been innovation leaders in Canada since the start of the pandemic:

- Among 16 industry groups, organizations and businesses in the arts, entertainment, and recreation were second most likely to have innovated since 2020 (37%).

- As shown in the graph below, the only sector with a higher proportion of innovating organizations and businesses is the “information and cultural industries” group (41%).

Read more HERE.

Reminder: Not-for-Profit Corporations Act (ONCA)

The ONCA was proclaimed on October 19, 2021. Nonprofits will have 3 years to update their bylaws and letters patent to comply with ONCA.

Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO) launched the “Get Ready for the ONCA” project, in support of the Ontario nonprofit sector as it transitions under the new ONCA. Learn more HERE.

In December 2021, OMA and CLEO hosted a webinar on the ONCA, "Planning the transition for your museum.Watch the recording HERE.
Reminder: Ontario Business Registry
The Province of Ontario launched the Ontario Business Registry. The Registry is expected to offer simpler, faster and more convenient access for organizations across the province. It is intended to support the entire lifecycle of Ontario businesses and nonprofits – from registering, incorporating and ordering search products, to filing an annual return.

It is the responsibility of the business or not-for-profit corporation to keep their information on the public record accurate and up-to-date. Find out more and update your information HERE.
Museum, gallery and heritage sites invited to participate in a global conversation

Ask a Museum (or Ask a Curator as it was called at the time) started in 2010 in an effort to harness Twitter’s networking power to drum up some direct engagement with curators across the globe. Today, the event has grown to encompass many more social media platforms. Start a conversation with your favourite museum, September 14th 2022!

Read more and download the logos and graphics HERE.
Provincial News
Aylmer-Malahide Museum & Archives
open doors to new building

Open House: September 15

The Aylmer-Malahide Museum & Archives invites the general public to tour their new building at 75 Talbot St. E. on Thursday, September 15, 2022 between 5:00pm and 8:00pm.

On April 26, 2022, the Board announced that they had purchased a new building to house the museum and its collection:

"...We are confident that the downtown location, as well as the historic nature of the building, will provide the perfect home for the museum. We cannot wait for all of the exhibit, programming, and event opportunities that this new building will allow us,” said Amanda VandenWyngaert, Curator at Aylmer-Malahide Museum & Archives.

Event information HERE.
Read the media release HERE.
Pickering Museum Village to welcome new green infrastructure project

On September 2, 2022, Mayor Dave Ryan and Members of Council, along with Jennifer O’Connell, Member of Parliament for Pickering-Uxbridge, announced over $17 million in federal funding for City of Pickering net zero community infrastructure projects.

The Pickering Heritage & Community Centre project is slated to welcome a brand new, 44,000 sq. ft. space, in the spring of 2026. This facility will be located on the upper site of the Pickering Museum Village and will:
  • Serve as a new Visitor’s Centre for the Pickering Museum Village
  • Provide storage space, with environmental and lighting controls, for collections, artifacts and records for the Library, Pickering Museum Village, and City Hall.
  • Replace the aging Greenwood Community Centre, and provide a modern and accessible space for community groups, programs and services, and events and exhibition space.
  • Be zero-carbon – meaning the facility will be highly energy-efficient and minimize greenhouse gas emissions from building materials to operations.

Read more HERE.
Read the media release HERE.
Watch the project video HERE.

Left to right: City manager Janette Smith, Ward 1 councillor Maureen Wilson, Mayor Fred Eisenberger, Hamilton West-Ancaster-Dundas MP Filomena Tassi, Hamilton Mountain MP Lisa Hepfner and Hamilton East-Stoney Creek MP Chad Collins
Hamilton Children’s Museum receives federal funding for facility renovations
Global News

On Friday August 26, 2022, Filomena Tassi, Hamilton West-Ancaster-Dundas MP and Minister of Public Services and Procurement, announced $3.6 M in federal funding for community infrastructure and tourism projects in Hamilton.

The Hamilton Children’s Museum will receive $450,000 in FedDev funding to support facility renovations: additional program spaces, a large outdoor gathering space, barrier-free entrances and bathrooms, a children’s garden, two outdoor patio play spaces, and an elevator. The project cost is $4.3 million, with the city paying $938,800, while the rest of the cost is covered by the provincial and federal governments. Construction is scheduled to begin this fall and wrap up by fall 2023.

On August 31, 2022 Justin Trudeau announced Filomena Tassi as Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario. Helena Jaczek becomes Minister of Public Services and Procurement.

Read more HERE.
The Wallaceburg & District Museum receives provincial funding for improvements
The Courier Press

The Wallaceburg & District Museum has received $50,000 from the Ontario Trillium Foundation's Community Building Fund. The museum purchased improved computer hardware and software, and made several improvements to the adjoining parkette to help make the area better suited for public and private functions. A portion of the grant will also help pay staff salaries as they catalogue and digitize the numerous collections.

“This grant has helped to supplement the community’s generous donations during the rough times that we have all felt over the past few years,” he said Henry Van Haren, president of the Wallaceburg & District Historical Society.

Read more HERE.
Mattawa Museum given $15,000 grant
The Town of Mattawa has given the Mattawa Museum a big boost, in the form of a $15,000 grant to help offset the museum’s 2022 operating costs. Specifically, the funds go toward administrative and staffing costs.

The museum is run by the Historical Society Board, a volunteer, non-profit organization that formed in 1976. Its purpose is to preserve local artifacts and educate people about Mattawa’s rich history. The museum accomplishes both and members of the Society create and maintain the exhibits within and offer tours to those wanting to step into the past.

Read more HERE.

Canadian Automotive Museum seeking funding from Oshawa Council

The Canadian Automotive Museum wants the City to re-instate an annual operating grant, property tax relief that is standard across the province for not-for-profit museums and to show “support” for the museum’s long-term capital projects.

Alexander Gates, the Executive Director and Curator of the museum, said in a letter to museum supporters the City has a “golden opportunity” to invest in the growth and development of the Canadian Automotive Museum, “one of the region’s top-rated cultural attractions and a cornerstone of Oshawa’s downtown.”

Read more HERE.

Minister Lumsden visits the Ontario Science Centre

On August 29, 2022 the Honourable Neil Lumsden, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, MPP Hamilton East—Stoney Creek, met with CEO Paul Kortenaar and staff to learn about the Ontario Science Centre's role as a tourist destination and leader in interactive learning.

Read more HERE.

Creative Export Canada program
recipients announced

Ontario recipients include Science North

On Wednesday August 17, 2022 Pablo Rodriguez, the Minister of Canadian Heritage, announced 29 organizations across Canada will receive a total of $11,242,000 in Creative Export Canada program funding, including Science North.

The Creative Export Canada program serves to provide businesses and organizations in the creative sector the tools and support they need to successfully export their creative content and shine on the world stage. Canadian Heritage is seeking renewal of the Creative Export Canada program beyond the 2022-2023 fiscal year. The next application deadline is anticipated for the fall or winter of 2022-2023 for projects with expenses incurring between April 1, 2023 and March 31, 2024.

Read the media release HERE.

Upcoming webinar: Free Virtual Talk - Social Prescriptions as Tools for Health and Wellbeing
McDougall Cottage Historic Site

Online - Zoom
Wednesday September 14, 2022
12:00pm to 1:00pm ET

A virtual noon hour talk discussing social prescribing and how cultural institutions can welcome visitors to support their health. Presented by Jaclyn Qua-Hiansen, Manager of Community Engagement and Lifelong Learning at the ROM (Royal Ontario Museum) and Melissa Smith, Assistant Curator of Access Learning at the AGO (Art Gallery of Ontario).

Read more and register HERE.

Monday September 12: Early bird deadline
Register now and save!
#OMAConf2022: Program Now Available

Let’s get together! As we celebrate the OMA’s 50th Anniversary, the OMA and the Conference Program Committee are thrilled to share a 2022 OMA Annual Conference that is exciting and accessible! Discover the fascinating speakerssessions and exhibitors, and stay tuned for more updates!
See the full Program
Session Highlight: Monday November 7 In-person
Let's Advocate for Museums - Now!

Speakers: Alexander Gates, Executive Director & Curator, Canadian Automotive Museum and Michael Rikley-Lancaster, Executive Director & Curator, Mississippi Valley Textile Museum

When it comes to museum advocacy, the old saying goes, "If not you, then who? If not now, when?" The time to speak up for museum is now, and every museum employee, volunteer, and enthusiast can contribute. Join us for a hands-on training session that will turn you into a museum advocate ready to take action – today!

Read more HERE.
Session Highlight: Monday November 21 Online

Museum Funding as Critical Practice

Speakers: Camille-Mary Sharp, Faculty Fellow, Program in Museum Studies, New York University and Samantha Summers, Manager of Individual Giving, Toronto International Film Festival

Join our speakers as they discuss their ongoing, collaborative work to define funding as a critical museum practice. Positing that museum funding should be reformed with the same rigor as other museum practices, this presentation invites attendees to reflect on their own institutions and to imagine what fundraising frameworks might look like when they exist not only to serve the institution’s operations, but are an integral part of its mission.

Read more HERE.

#OMAConf2022: Register now and save!
Deadline to early-bird rates is coming up soon!

Early Bird rates are available until Monday September 12, 2022. Members, speakers and Committee members are reminded to register soon!

We look forward to gathering with you at OMA Annual Conference!

  • Monday, November 7, 2022 In-person (Hamilton) – select sessions will be live-streamed
  • Monday, November 21, 2022 Online – Full day of interactive online sessions
Register now and save!
Learn about fully Subsidized Registrations HERE.

Book Your Accommodation for the In-person Conference HERE.
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We are so glad to see each other again and we are committed to gathering safely. Learn about the Health & Wellbeing Policies and Practices HERE.

Learn about the Registration Terms, Conditions & Refund Policy HERE.

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OMA Initiatives
An opportunity to recognize our esteemed colleagues
Deadline for submissions: October 17, 2022

Is there someone at your organization who has retired (or will retire) between October 2021 and November 2022?

In 2019 the OMA started a tradition of recognizing our colleagues who have retired in the past year at the annual OMA Awards reception. This year we look forward to continuing the tradition in person in Hamilton!

Share the following information with us so that we can honour the contributions that these individuals have made to our dynamic sector.
  • Name
  • Organization
  • Title
  • Retirement date
  • Photo
  • How long they worked in museums and/or at the organization from which they retired
  • Some other interesting fact or anecdote about what they achieved in their career
Send submissions to
Watch the retiree videos from 2020 and 2021 HERE.

Notes: Submissions are welcome to recognize retirees in any role at an organization.
Retirees do not need to be present at the in-person event to be recognized.
Upcoming OMA Dates

Limited spaces available in CMS courses

Collections Management (CMS course): registration open
Course Start Date: September 19, 2022

Organization & Management of Museums (CMS course): registration open
Course Start Date: September 19, 2022

Education Programs (CMS course): registration open
Course Start Date: October 3, 2022

OMA Annual Conference 2022: Early-bird Rates – register now and save!
Join us in-person! Monday, November 7 (Study Tours: November 8)
Join us online! Monday, November 21
Out-of-Province News
Federal investment for young people
Closing summit of 2022 Cross-Canada
Official Languages Consultations

On Thursday August 25, 2022 the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Official Languages and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, concluded her cross-Canada consultations on the next Action Plan for Official Languages at a summit at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. This summit is the final phase of the consultations that began in May.

Minister Petitpas Taylor announced an investment of more than $12.6 million over three years to provide nearly 2,000 jobs and internships for young people as part of Young Canada Works in Both Official Languages.

Read the media release HERE.
Read about the Cross-Canada Consultations on Official Languages HERE.
Ministry to improve passenger rail service in Southwestern Ontario

On Tuesday August 30, 2022 the Minister of Transport, the Honourable Omar Alghabra, announced that this fall, the Government of Canada will be exploring options to improve passenger rail frequencies, on-time performance, and shorten travel times in Southwestern Ontario. The Government of Canada will seek an external advisor, who will analyze passenger demand and route options to deliver on rail service that best meets the needs of communities in Southwestern Ontario.

The Minister also reiterated that the Government of Canada is committed to working with Indigenous groups and local communities to ensure their views are heard and their rights are respected. In early 2023, the Minister will host a stakeholder roundtable on passenger rail service in Southwestern Ontario.

Read the media release HERE.
Southern Ontario airports to receive over
$2.8 million in federal support

FedDev Ontario supports four regional airports in Kingston, Cornwall, Huronia and Arnprior

On Tuesday August 30, 2022 Mark Gerretsen, Member of Parliament for Kingston and the Islands, announced, a non-repayable contribution of over $2.8 million, through the Regional Air Transportation Initiative (RATI), for four southern Ontario airports: Kingston Airport, Cornwall Regional Airport, Huronia Airport and Arnprior Airport. The announcement was made on behalf of the Honourable Helena Jaczek, Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario.
Read the media release HERE.
ICOM Canada is looking for 3 new
Board members

In keeping with their new Strategic Plan to be presented at this year’s AGM on September 28th, ICOM Canada is particularly seeking the following skills and foci: financial acumen, diversity, equity and inclusion skills, sustainability/climate change and cultural diplomacy.

Send a letter of interest and your CV to President, Elka Weinstein, if you are interested in standing for a Director’s position on our Board.

In the Media
Museum of Dufferin hosts Anishinaabe writer and journalist Waubgeshig Rice
Canadian Museum of History reconnects you with the iconic CBC/Radio-Canada shows of your childhood
Lakeshore's Underground Railroad museum to receive free roof renovation
National Air Force Museum rebuilds Avro Lancaster in a riveting restoration
Collingwood Museum displays Nottawasaga Lighthouse artifacts
Anticipated cultural hub, Niagara Falls Exchange, calls upon muralist Dillon Douglas (video)
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!
Support Ontario’s Museums by Giving Forward!
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.

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