New Public Health Restrictions

Dec 02, 2021
Need to Know
New Ontario Public Health Unit Restrictions 

Due to the high COVID-19 case counts, several public health units across Ontario are reintroducing restrictions:

Find your Public Health Unit (PHU) HERE.

At the OMA
Certificate in Museum Studies Course Registration Opening

Course: Exhibit Planning & Design
Format: Online
Dates: February 14 – April 24, 2022
Course Director: Meredith Leonard, City of Hamilton
Registration opens: Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Registration for Certificate in Museum Studies courses is open to OMA Individual Members and Commercial Consultant Members.

Read more about the Exhibit Planning & Design course HERE.
Find out more about the Certificate in Museum Studies Program HERE

Questions about the Certificate in Museum Studies Program? Email

Webinar: Ontario Not-for-Profit Corporations Act - Planning the transition for your museum
with Community Legal Education Ontario

Free Webinar
Friday, December 3, 2021
10:00am - 11:15am ET

Ontario’s Not-for-profit Corporations Act (ONCA) was proclaimed on October 19th, 2021. Nonprofits will have 3 years to update their bylaws and letters patent to comply with ONCA. This webinar will walk through what is new in the ONCA, steps nonprofits need to take to transition to the ONCA, and how CLEO’s free resources can help you create ONCA compliant bylaws from scratch or adapt your current bylaws. To learn more about the ONCA visit  

Speaker: Benjamin Miller

Benjamin Miller (he/him) is a staff lawyer on the Nonprofit Law Ontario project of Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO) where he focused on nonprofit and charity law and policy. Over the past 4 years at CLEO, Benjamin has answered hundreds of nonprofit law questions and developed an online interactive bylaw builder for the ONCA. Benjamin also works at the Ontario Nonprofit Network and has worked at the Canada Revenue Agency in the past. Benjamin holds a JD and MPP from the University of Toronto and an MA in political theory from the University of Ottawa.
Register HERE
New Funding Opportunity: Canadian Cultural Spaces Fund -
Making Cultural Spaces Safe During COVID-19

In Budget 2021, the Government of Canada made an investment in Canada Cultural Spaces Fund (CCSF) of an additional $15 million in 2021–2022 to provide a one-time project-based financial support for arts and heritage organizations across Canada to upgrade their space to be able to open safely while following relevant public health guidelines related to COVID-19.

The initiative can fund up to 100% of eligible expenses or $150,000 per fiscal year in the case of grants, and 100% of eligible expenses or $300,000 per year in the case of contributions. There is no deadline to apply for the Fund. All projects must be carried out before March 31, 2022.

For more information, click HERE
View the recording of our webinar with Canadian Heritage below. 
Webinar Recording: Making Cultural Spaces Safe During COVID-19 Initiative from the
Canada Cultural Spaces Fund
with Canadian Heritage
In this webinar, Regional Manager of Arts Programs Valerie Hopper and Senior Program Advisor Sarah Hill provide an overview of the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund and share further details on the Making Cultural Spaces Safe During COVID-19 Initiative, including project examples, eligibility, and timeline. 

View the slides HERE.
The webinar recording is now available online HERE
Find more information about the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund HERE.
Thank you for a successful #OMAConf2021!
Irene Pradyszczuk's #mugshot from #OMAConf2021.
We are happy to have had the opportunity to reconnect and reconvene with the Ontario museum community at #OMAConf2021! The conference was an opportunity to bring the sector together, and we had so many enlightening and important conversations surrounding Reopening, Recovery, and Reimagination. From our keynote speaker to our panelists, from our discussion participants to our moderators, everyone’s contribution was valued and essential – and for that we thank you. The conference would have not been possible without the strength of not only the museum sector, but the museum community.  
The OMA is committed to supporting Ontario museums and staff any way we can. This year we offered our members the opportunity to attend the conference at a full subsidized rate. The past few years have been difficult and we felt it was necessary to decrease the barrier of cost. 
As the OMA looks forward to a new Strategic Plan, the sessions, discussions, and member feedback from conference this year will directly inform its development. We expect 2022 will be a year of advocacy, particularly as we focus our efforts towards the upcoming budget and provincial election. 

The Awards of ExcellencePost-Secondary AwardsCelebration of Retirees, and Certificate in Museum Studies Graduation videos are available on the OMA website and YouTube; you can view them as many times as you like!
  • View the Awards of Excellence videos on the OMA website and read more about them HERE
  • View the Awards of Excellence on YouTube HERE
From left to right: Beth Hanna (CEO, Ontario Heritage Trust), Scott Beck (President and CEO, Destination Toronto), and Cheryl Blackman (Interim General Manager, Economic Development and Culture, City of Toronto) on the "Perspectives on Reopening, Recovery, and Reimagination" panel at #OMAConf2021. Read more about our speakers HERE
Thank you to our partners!
New and Renewing OMA Members
1000 Islands History Museum
Bata Shoe Museum
Buxton National Historic Site and Museum
Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
Carr McLean Ltd.
Chatham-Kent Black Historical Society
Community Waterfront Heritage Centre
Diefenbunker, Canada's Cold War Museum
Glengarry Pioneer Museum
Guelph Museums
Huron County Museum and Historic Gaol
King Heritage & Cultural Centre
Meaford Museum
Middleville and District Museum
Museums of Burlington
National Gallery of Canada
North Bay Museum
Norwich and District Museum
Ontario Provincial Police Museum
Palmerston Railway Heritage Museum
Park House Museum
Simcoe County Museum
St. Catharines Museum
The Perth Museum
Timber Village Museum
Wilmot Heritage Fire Brigades
Sector News
Currently Seeking Employers for
Youth in Heritage

International Council on Monuments and Sites Canada

Youth in Heritage brings the next generation of heritage practitioners together with organizations that are looking for an enthusiastic and diverse pool of candidates. They are currently seeking employers that can provide opportunities for youth (ages 15-30) to be exposed to meaningful work in the cultural heritage sector, and are encouraging interested partners to hire youth who face barriers to employment.

This program will provide a 50% wage subsidy up to $2,870. The subsidy may be used for positions that are currently filled by a youth that fits the criteria. 

The Youth in Heritage team is reviewing applications on an ongoing basis and generally responds within a week of receiving applications.

Read more HERE

Canadian Museums Association
Applications to Young Canada Works 
Deadline: January 21, 2022

Employers wishing to apply for Young Canada Works at Building Careers in Heritage (YCW-BCH) & Heritage Organizations (YCW-HO) streams are now able to submit funding applications for the 2022-2023 intake period. The deadline to apply for both streams is January 21, 2022 . 

Read more HERE
Proposed Legislation for New
COVID-19 Supports
Department of Finance Canada

On November 24, 2021, the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, introduced Bill C-2. This bill would:

  • Extend the Canada Recovery Hiring Program until May 7, 2022, for eligible employers with current revenue losses above 10% and increase the subsidy rate to 50%.
  • Deliver targeted support to businesses still facing significant pandemic-related challenges. Support would be available through three streams:
    • Tourism and Hospitality Recovery Program
    • Hardest-Hit Business Recovery Program
    • Local Lockdown Program
  • Extend the Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit and the Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit until May 7, 2022, and increase the maximum duration of benefits by 2 weeks.
  • Establish the Canada Worker Lockdown Benefit which would provide $300 a week in income support to eligible workers who are directly impacted by a COVID-19-related public health lockdown in their region up until May 7, 2022.

Read the full backgrounder HERE

aabaakwad 2021
Co-presented by AGO and the Canada Council for the Arts

Friday, December 3 - Sunday, December 5, 2021

aabaakwad (it clears after a storm) is an annual Indigenous-led conversation on Indigenous art by those who create, curate and write about it. aabaakwad also showcases musicians, performance artists, poets, filmmakers and more through screenings, music nights and dedicated performances. 

This is an opportunity for curators and directors to learn about and meet Indigenous artists. The environment and culture at aabaakwad is fertile for expanding new thought and dialogue around art, sovereignty, Indigenization and decolonization, alternative economies, languages, restitution/repatriation, survivance/resistance/resurgence and expanding notions of community. Indigenous led, aabaakwad contributes to developing new methods and histories through collective thinking that is guided by Indigenous philosophies and environmental knowledge systems, creativity and education.

aabaakwad is also a living archive of Indigenous thought on art.

Read more and register HERE

Webinar: Succession Planning for Organizational Continuity 2021
Pillar Nonprofit Network

Tuesday, December 7, 2021
1:00pm - 3:30pm ET

Nonprofits that are serious about their own sustainability also need to be serious about planning for smooth and thoughtful transitions of leadership, unexpected departures and general succession planning for all roles. Whether a transition occurs due to an unexpected vacancy, or the anticipated transition of a long-tenured role, being deliberative and thoughtful, and having a plan in place, can help a nonprofit weather the inevitable challenges of transitions with staff. 

In this session, they will use sample case studies and share the leadership transition journey including the processes developed by boards and organizational experiences. Included in the discussion will be general good best practices for successful succession planning for all staff, including processes and tools that can help strengthen your organization. 

Paul Hubert, Chief Executive Officer at Pathways Employment Help Centre

Read more and register HERE

Webinar: Creative Space Projects
During COVID-19
Creative Spaces Mentoring Network

Free Webinar
Wednesday, December 8, 2021
1:00pm - 2:30pm ET

In this webinar, panelists will share their experiences and advice around capital projects in pandemic times, focusing on successes and challenges with project planning, timeline/adjustments, contingencies and risk management, funding, and overall recommendations for creative space project development.

Panelists include:

  • Janis Monture, Executive Director of Woodland Cultural Centre
  • Paul Fujimoto-Pihl, Project Manager at the Grand Theatre

Read more and register HERE

Webinar: Build a Simple Social Media Strategy
Museum Learning Hub

Free Webinar
Thursday, December 9, 2021
2:00pm ET

Social media is essential to remain connected with your audiences. But the endless possibilities can quickly become overwhelming. Where do you even begin? A simple strategy will help establish your goals, online audiences, and the specific social media platforms that are right for your organization. These steps include identifying your low-hanging-fruit content and creating a plan of action for when things go wrong online. This session will help you streamline your social media plan so you can go from surviving to thriving in your social media channels.

Lori Byrd-McDevitt, Co-Founder of 1909 Digital

Register HERE
This webinar is part of a series throughout December on social media for museums. See the rest of the webinars HERE

In the Media
THEMUSEUM opens Rolling Stones exhibit: Unzipped 
Niagara-on-the-Lake Museum launches exhibit with students
St. Catharines Museum Collecting Stories of Garden City Arena
Canadian Museum of Nature announces winners of Nature Inspiration Awards
Whitchurch-Stouffville Museum is looking for photos of fallen veterans
Timmins Museum: NEC receives donated paintings in support of Indigenous women
What's On
Ireland House Museum:
Victorian Christmas Tour & Treats
Nelles Manor Museum:
Christmas at the Manor Tours
Contribute to Member News!
ONmuseums is published every Thursday morning and we are happy to feature member news and events:
  • We collect content from the Discover Ontario Museums website "What's On" section. OMA Members simply have to update their museum listing to be featured in ONmuseums.
  • Not sure of how to update your listing? Click here to learn how to maximize your museum listing page
Job Postings and Events
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 now and as we move forward. 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.

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 is giving forward, not giving back, by adding to the collective strength of our sector and investing in a vibrant future for the next generation of museum professionals. You can help us build a more resilient museum sector. 

Thank you for your support!

Donate Now
We're Here to Help!
For all questions or inquiries please contact the OMA: or call 416-348-8672 / 1-866-662-8672.
As an organization of provincial scope, the Ontario Museum Association recognizes that its members and community live and work on the lands and territories of Indigenous peoples. Toronto, where the OMA offices are located, is the territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit, Haudenosaunee and the Huron Wendat. We wish to express our gratitude for the resources we are using and pay respect to the rich and ongoing Indigenous history of what is now Ontario and Canada.
OMA Twitter OMA Twitter
OMA Facebook OMA Facebook
OMA Instagram OMA Instagram
OMA LinkedIn OMA LinkedIn
OMA Website OMA Website
Copyright © 2021 Ontario Museum Association, All rights reserved.
You are receiving this email as a member, stakeholder or partner of the Ontario Museum Association.
Our mailing address is:
Ontario Museum Association
50 Baldwin Street

TorontoOntario M5T 1L4