New Legislation for COVID-19 Liability Protection

Oct 22, 2020
Need to Know
New Legislation for Liability Protection
To Protect Workers, Volunteers and Organizations Who Follow COVID-19 Public Health Guidelines and Laws

The Ontario government is introducing the Supporting Ontario's Recovery Act, 2020, that if passed, will provide liability protection for workers, volunteers and organizations that make an honest effort to follow public health guidelines and laws relating to exposure to COVID-19. At the same time, it will maintain the right of Ontarians to take legal action against those who willfully, or with gross negligence, endanger others.

Read more HERE.

OMA Resources
Call to Members: Support the OMA's Recommendations to Ontario's Fall Budget 2020
Three recommendations to address the impact of the pandemic on Ontario’s museums
On September 25, OMA ED Marie Lalonde joined other stakeholders in presenting at a Fall 2020 Budget Consultation to Minister of Finance Rod Phillips, Minister MacLeod, and Finance PA MPP Stan Cho. Building on the OMA's previous recommendations as member of Minister MacLeod's Festivals, Events, and Local Community Attractions Panel, and two presentations to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs on both Tourism and Culture, the OMA brings forward three recommendations for Ontario's Fall 2020 Budget: 
1. An Ontario Museum Relief Fund of $8.5million
2. A Digital Response Fund of $10million over three years, and a 
3. A Renewed Funding Model of operating funding to a total of $15million annually

Read the full 500-word submission HERE.  
Support the OMA's Budget Submission by engaging your MPP:
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.

Now Available on YouTube:
Keynote Address by Rick Hill

Watch Rick Hill deliver a 2019 keynote address about the connections between contemporary practice and ancestral knowlege—and how the wisdom of the past can be understood through ongoing cultural practice, museum collections, oral tradition, and academic scholarship.

Watch the address HERE.

#OMAConf2020 Session Highlight 
Myseum of Toronto: 
The Success of Partnerships

Thursday October 29
10:30am to 11:30am
Elder Duke Redbird
Jeremy Diamond
Myseum of Toronto
Jeremy Diamond, CEO of Myseum of Toronto will be joined by Elder Dr Duke Redbird to present the successes of a recent project called Wigwam Chi-Chemung, a floating art installation and Indigenous learning centre in Toronto. The focus of the presentation will be on the importance of partnerships and how they can be formed and leveraged within the Museum sector.
Members in the News 
Toronto Railway Museum hosts an immersive and educational exhibit on the Holocaust
Timmins Museum: National Exhibition Centre sign goes purple and blue for disability awareness
Lambton Heritage Museum photography exhibit re-opens
Pickering Museum Village and Northern Ontario Railroad Museum and Heritage Centre offer Halloween programs
Ontario sites win National Trust 2020 Ecclesiastical Insurance Cornerstone Awards

Six sites in Ontario have been recognized for the National Trust for Canada's 2020 Ecclesiastical Insurance Cornerstone Awards, which bring national attention to exemplary projects and places that contribute to quality of life and illustrate the viability of heritage buildings and sites for traditional or new uses. The awards are presented in two categories: 
Transformative Projects: Projects completed between 2016 and 2019 that have creatively renewed or transformed historic places or landscapes for new or traditional uses.
Read more about the awards HERE.
Resilient Historic Places: Places or landscapes that illustrate extraordinary resilience, significance, and benefit to a community over a sustained period of time.
External Resources
Playbook: Reopening Museums
and Cultural Attractions

Succeeding in the Post-COVID Era with Thoughtful Digital Tools
Cuseum is here to support museums along their reopening journeys with a playbook to guide you through new challenges around admissions, the visitor journey, and recovering visitors and revenue. The Playbook is the culmination of hundreds of hours of research, real-world experience, and conversations with museum professionals around the world.
Read more and download the Playbook HERE.
Ontario Legislature Review:
Spring/Summer 2020
Our colleagues at the ONN have assembled a useful summary of important developments at the Ontario Legislature over the spring and summer of 2020. The guide highlights key takeaways for non-profits and related sectors from recent legislation, including Bill 197: COVID-19 Economic Recovery Act, 2020 and Bill 195: Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020

Read the full guide on legislation HERE.
Ontario Plans for Future Waves
of COVID-19

The Ontario government has developed a $2.8 billion COVID-19 fall preparedness plan to ensure the province's health care, long-term care and education systems are prepared for the immediate challenges of the fall, including a second wave of COVID-19 and the upcoming flu season. Keeping Ontarians Safe: Preparing for Future Waves of COVID-19 will enable the province to quickly identify, prevent and respond to surges and waves of the virus to protect the health and safety of all Ontarians.

Read the release HERE.
Read the full plan HERE.
Standing Committee
COVID-19 Impact Reports

The Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs released its final report on COVID-19's impacts on sectors across Ontario. The Committe issued three recommendations, including recommendations for increased funding for the Tourism Development Fund and for Ontario festivals in 2021.

Read the final report HERE.
Read all of the Committee's reports HERE.
Read more about the OMA's recommendations to the Fall 2020 Budget HERE.
OMA Job Board
Curatorial Associate,
Schools & Community Programs

Art Gallery of Ontario

The AGO is seeking a full-time Curatorial Associate, Schools & Community Programs. The ideal candidate will work collaboratively to create and realize programs that support the AGO’s values of art, audience and learning. They will be a motivated self-starter able to effectively assist in the activation of the public spaces of the museum addressing the needs and interests of a broad and engaged public.

Deadline: Oct 30, 2020
Read more HERE.
Visitor Experience Manager
Diefenbunker, Canada's Cold War Museum
The Visitor Experience Manager will lead in the management of the Diefenbunker Museum’s interpretive planning, visitor experience, exhibition development, and visitor research. This role is central to the leadership team’s sharp focus on delivering compelling in-person and online experiences that result in repeated, fruitful, and content-rich visitor engagement with the Museum. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Visitor Experience Manager is responsible for key aspects of the Museum’s visitor experience, including exhibitions and interpretation, educational and public programs, and audience engagement. In addition, the management and growth of the collections and its department is under this portfolio. The position requires engaging visitors of all ages, background and interests, through compelling exhibitions, interpretation, experiences, access to our collection, and programming. 

Deadline: Oct 30, 2020
Read more HERE.
Program Instructor
(Crawford Lake & Mountsberg)

Conservation Halton
Conservation Halton’s seasonal Program Instructors possess a keen interest and/or experience in one or more of the following - education, Indigenous studies, archaeology, history, environmental studies/science. They report to the Manager of Education and are responsible for the delivery of cultural and natural heritage education programs to organized groups and the general public.

Deadline: Oct 31, 2020
Read more HERE.
Chief Development Officer
Gardiner Museum
The Gardiner Museum is seeking a Chief Development Officer to join its dynamic team. This position requires an experienced candidate with strategy and vision but one who understands that daily fundraising administration will be a necessary part of working in a small museum. The Chief Development Officer reports to the Executive Director & CEO, and has two direct reports, a Development Manager and another position that is unfilled and will be considered in 2021; and a dual report with Security & Facilities, an Operations Coordinator, who oversees the Gardiner Volunteer Committee.

Deadline: Nov 09, 2020
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!
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.

We're Here to Help!

For all questions or inquiries please contact the OMA: or call 416-348-8672 / 1-866-662-8672.

Marie G. Lalonde
Executive Director