New Required COVID-19 Screening of Employees

Oct 02, 2020
Friday, October 2nd Update
In this eNews:
  1. Required COVID-19 Screening of Employees
  2. New Federal Programs Replacing CERB
  3. MAP Deadlines for 2020
  4. Fraud Alert for Heritage Organizations
  5. Early Bird Rate closes October 5th!
Requirement to Screen Employees for

As of September 25, the Ontario government has amended order O. Reg 364/20: Rules for Areas in Stage 3 under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020, to tighten public health measures in response to the recent rise in cases of COVID-19.

This amended order requires organizations to comply with any advice, recommendations, and instructions issued by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health on screening for COVID-19.

The Ministry of Health has provided a COVID-19 Screening Tool for Workplaces (Businesses and Organizations) HERE. 

Read more HERE.
COVID-19 Screening Checklist HERE. 

The Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020  also includes specific instructions relevant to members:

Museums, etc.
18. Museums, galleries, aquariums, zoos, science centres, landmarks, historic sites, botanical gardens and similar attractions may open if any interactive exhibits, or exhibits that create a high risk of personal contact, that are open to the public are cleaned and disinfected as frequently as is necessary to maintain a sanitary condition.

Tour and guide services
19. (1) Tour and guide services, including guided fishing and hunting trips, tastings and tours for wineries, breweries and distilleries, trail riding tours, walking tours, bicycle tours and motor vehicle tours, but not including boat tours, may open if they comply with the following conditions:

1. The tour must be operated to enable every person on the tour, including tour guides, to maintain a physical distance of at least two metres from every other person, except where necessary,
i. to facilitate payment, or
ii. for the purposes of health and safety.

2. The number of members of the public on the tour must not exceed the number of persons that would permit compliance with paragraph 1 while on the tour, and in any event cannot exceed,
i. 50 persons, if they will be indoors during the tour, or
ii. 100 persons, if they will be outdoors during the tour.

3. If the tour includes access to any food or beverage production or manufacturing areas, every person on the tour, including any tour guides, must comply with,
i. any laws or policies that apply to the food or beverage production or manufacturing area, and
ii. any advice, recommendations or instructions of public health officials that apply to the food or beverage production or manufacturing area.

4. The tour or guide service must,
i. record the name and contact information of at least one member of every party of patrons that participates in the tour,
ii. maintain the records for a period of at least one month, and
iii. only disclose the records to a medical officer of health or an inspector under the Health Protection and Promotion Act on request for a purpose specified in section 2 of that Act or as otherwise required by law.

Read more HERE. 
New Federal Programs Replacing CERB
Workers not eligible for EI will be able to access income support through new Recovery Benefits

Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister, Chrystia Freeland, and the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, Carla Qualtrough, announced the introduction of Bill C-2, to create three new temporary Recovery Benefits to support Canadians who are unable to work for reasons related to COVID-19:
  • Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB) of $500 per week for up to 26 weeks, to workers who are self-employed or are not eligible for EI and who still require income support. This Benefit would support Canadians who have not returned to work due to COVID-19 or whose income has dropped by at least 50%. These workers must be available and looking for work, and must accept work where it is reasonable to do so;
  • Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB) of $500 per week for up to two weeks, for workers who are sick or must self-isolate for reasons related to COVID-19. This Benefit supports our commitment to ensure all Canadian workers have access to paid sick leave; and,
  •  A Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB) of $500 per week for up to 26 weeks per household, for eligible Canadians unable to work because they must care for a child under the age of 12 or family member because schools, day-cares or care facilities are closed due to COVID-19 or because the child or family member is sick and/or required to quarantine.
Canadians will be able to apply for the CRB, CRSB, and CRCB through the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) for one year up until September 25, 2021.
Read more HERE. 
More detailed eligibility criteria can be found online HERE. 
MAP Deadlines for 2020
The Museums Assistance Program is accepting applications now for all five components.
1. Access to Heritage deadline is November 1, 2020 The Access to Heritage component promotes access to heritage across different geographic regions of Canada. Eligible projects are related to travelling exhibitions, to assist heritage organizations in reaching new audiences.
  • Maximum funding per project    $400,000 (or $600,000 if a third year is added for circulation)
  • Maximum project duration         3 calendar year, maximum $200,000/year
  • Canadian Heritage funding       up to 70%
Details at this link Access to Heritage.

2. Indigenous Heritage deadline is November 1, 2020 The Indigenous Heritage component supports the preservation, presentation and management of Canada's Indigenous cultural heritage. It also promotes public awareness and understanding of the diverse cultures of Indigenous Peoples.
  • Maximum funding per project    $200,000
  • Maximum project duration          2 calendar year, maximum $100,000/year
  • Canadian Heritage funding        up to 70%
Details at this link Indigenous Heritage.

3. Collections Management deadline is November 1, 2020 The Collections Management component aims to improve professional knowledge, skills and practices to strengthen professional standards related to key museum functions for collections management in Canada. It also supports the development and delivery of resources or services that will benefit multiple museums.

a) Project funding for collections management system and/or storage solutions
  • Maximum funding per project    $50,000
  • Maximum project duration          1 calendar year
  • Canadian Heritage funding        up to 50%

b) Funding for projects related to sharing of best practices
  • Maximum funding per project    $200,000
  • Maximum project duration         2 calendar year, maximum $100,000/year
  • Canadian Heritage funding        up to 50%
Details at this link Collections Management.

4. Exhibition Circulation Fund  continuous intake The Exhibition Circulation Fund component assists museums with the costs of hosting travelling exhibitions originating from another museum or from a federal heritage institution and borrowing artefacts for exhibition from one of the National museums of Canada.

a) Project funding for hosting a travelling exhibition or borrowing artefacts
  • Maximum funding per project    $15,000
  • Maximum project duration          n/a for projects starting after April 1, 2021
  • Canadian Heritage funding        up to 70%
  • Details at this link Exhibition Circulation Fund.

5. Canada-France Agreement deadline is March 31, 2021 The Canada-France Agreement component aims to develop special, lasting ties between museums in Canada and France, as well as enhancing the skills and competencies of museum professionals. It also assists Canadian organizations in developing new international partnerships and in reaching new potential audiences for Canadian heritage collections.
  • Maximum funding per project    $50,000
  • Maximum project duration          2 calendar years
  • Canadian Heritage funding        up to 50%
Details at this link Canada-France Agreement.
Fraud Alert for Heritage Organizations
Malicious Emails may be targeting Non-profit and Community Groups

The OMA has learned from colleagues of malicious emails that appear to be sent from familiar email addresses and use accurate names and titles. These emails may ask for electronic funds transfers or the purchase of gift cards, etc. 

One example fraudulent email: 
I need you to do an e- transfer of $2,000 to Get back to me with  the security question and the answer.

Treat as urgent. Awaiting your response!

Thank You.
John Smith."

From the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre:
"Remain vigilant and be on the lookout for ongoing frauds. Fraudsters are creative and want to profit from consumers' fears, uncertainties and misinformation."
Read more HERE. 
Save $75!
Early Bird Rate Closes October 5
The health and safety of our visitors, communities, and staff are a priority for our institutions. The OMA encourages all to exercise caution and act in alignment with the recommendations of public health and government authorities. 

The OMA is in touch with stakeholders to support our members, and will provide updates regularly as the situation progresses.

Please contact us with questions at 
Government Resources regarding
  • Ontario Ministry of Health dedicated website (updated twice daily): HERE 
    • General COVID-19 Information Sheets (available in multiple languages)HERE
  • Public Health OntarioHERE 
  • Health CanadaHERE
Your local or regional government or health unit websites can also provide local information. 
The OMA has prepared a dedicated webpage of COVID-19 communications and resources, including resources on reopening, updated as new information and resources become available.

Read more HERE.

The OMA Welcomes Your Support

The OMA is committed to ensuring the stabilization of the sector, and working together with you and the government. Your support at this time is vital as it helps us support all Ontario museums. We invite you to Join or Renew your membership. 

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 ONmuseums and eNews alertsCOVID-19 resources to mitigate impact for Ontario museums, galleries and heritage sites, as well as resources for International Museum Day and May is Museum Month/Mai, Mois des Musées. 
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Marie G. Lalonde
Executive Director 
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