New Winter '22 Tourism Relief Fund from FedDev

Nov 03, 2022
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Need to Know
FedDev announces Winter Tourism Relief Fund
Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario

The Tourism Relief Fund supports tourism businesses and organizations to adapt their operations to meet public health requirements while investing in products and services to facilitate their future growth and to position Canada as a destination of choice as domestic and international travel rebounds by:
  • empowering tourism businesses to create new or enhance existing tourism experiences and products to attract more local and domestic visitors
  • helping the sector reposition itself to welcome international visitors by providing the best Canadian tourism experiences we have to offer the world
Funding is available under the Tourism Relief Fund in southern Ontario for tourism operators to promote, present and/or expand activities that attract tourists and visitors to events happening between November 2022 and March 2023.

Eligible applicants include tourism entities that cater mainly to visitors, such as:
  • businesses
  • not-for-profit organizations, such as tourism associations
  • band councils or other Indigenous organizations and cooperatives
To be considered eligible for this fund, applicants must meet at least one of the following criteria:
  • be a key supplier or operator in the visitor experience
  • be part of a defined tourism cluster or a tourism dependent community, including supporting downtown cores or
  • provide an anchor product or service in a tourism destination
New Tourism Relief Fund applicants are welcome to apply for this funding. Existing recipients must demonstrate how their winter season proposal is distinct from their current or completed project.

In all cases, total funding (including FedDev Ontario support or funding provided by a Regional Tourism Organization supported by FedDev Ontario) cannot exceed the maximum amount available to a business or organization under the program (see details here).

If approved, funding will be reimbursed based on costs incurred and claimed between November 2022 and March 31, 2023.

FedDev Ontario is hosting three technical briefings via Zoom on November 8, November 9 (in French), and November 16, 2022 to run through eligibility criteria and answer any questions.  

Register via the links below:

For more information, please visit the FedDev website.


Ontario Treaties Recognition Week
November 6-12, 2022

In 2016, Ontario passed the first legislation of its kind in Canada declaring the first full week of November as Treaties Recognition Week.

This year Treaties Recognition Week is November 6-12, 2022.

This annual event honours the importance of treaties and helps students and residents of Ontario learn more about treaty rights and relationships. By learning more about our collective treaty rights and obligations, we can create greater understanding and nurture relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.

Treaties Recognition Week represents one of many steps on Ontario’s journey of healing and reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. The week was launched in response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action to increase treaty awareness and provide students and the public with an important opportunity to learn why treaties matter.

Read more from the Government of Ontario HERE.

At the OMA
Webinar: Practical Approaches to
Ethical Oral History
Toronto History Museums,
Surface Impression, Ontario Museum Association

Tuesday, November 15, 2022
2:00 to 4:00pm ET

What makes for an ethical oral history project/program and how can you use oral history in your museum? Pauline Tennent and Heather Bidzinski share their experiences using oral history in research, collections, and exhibition work while addressing some common challenges.  This workshop explores what oral history is, guidelines and resources available, and how to create a balanced approach to collection management, community engagement, and programmatic needs.  Whether you are starting from scratch or dealing with historical collections, this session aims to answer some of the questions surrounding oral history projects, programs, and collections. 


  • Dr. Pauline Tennent (she/her), Manager for the Centre for Human Rights Research (CHRR) at the University of Manitoba
  • Heather Bidzinski, Head of Archives and Special Collections at the University of Manitoba

Read more and register HERE.

Register HERE
OMA Conference 2022 | GOEMP Trivia Night
Join us online!

Monday, November 21, 2022
Begins at 7:00 pm

The Group of Ontario Emerging Museum Professionals (GOEMP) is pleased to partner with the Ontario Museum Association (OMA) for our annual Trivia Night at Conference!

This activity is for the up-and-comers and established professionals in the art, culture, and heritage sectors. We’ll cover topics such as local history, current events, exhibition oddities, and all the wonderful things happening right now in the museum world. Everyone is invited to flex their brain muscles and find out if they have what it takes to become the next trivia master.

Oh and did we mention there is a prize? The OMA has generously offered a one year membership to the lucky winner. So join us via Zoom on Monday, November 21, at 7:00 pm for a fun-filled evening. Not only will this be a great networking opportunity, but you may also learn a thing or two!

This online event is free, however advance registration is required.

Register Today!
Confessions of a Museum Professional
Participate online or in-person during #OMAConf2022!

Confessions of a Museum Professional is back! Join the Group of Ontario Emerging Museum Professionals (GOEMP) Committee in-person on November 7 at this year’s OMA Conference “Changing Directions: Practice over Permanence.”

Delegates are invited to draft their own anonymous confessions and share them with friends and colleagues in attendance. All writing materials will be provided.

Can’t join us at this year’s in-person conference but still want to participate? That’s ok because GOEMP’s got you covered! Use the online submission form by following these easy steps:

About the Group of Ontario Emerging Museum Professionals (GOEMP):

The Group of Ontario Emerging Museum Professionals (GOEMP) is a voice and resource for workers in the first ten years of their career within the art, culture, and heritage sector. By EMPs for EMPs, the group presents new ways to connect, and provides programming and communications, both digitally and in-person. Represented by the GOEMP Committee, the members of the community are welcome to discuss career development, upcoming events, and museological topics, fostering a supportive network among Ontario’s museum professionals. Learn more:

There's still time to join us online for #OMAConf2022!
Register HERE!
Honouring Our Roots: The City of Hamilton’s Indigenous Landmarks and Monuments Review

Speakers: Shelly Hill, Manager of Indigenous Relations with City of Hamilton, John Summers, Manager of Heritage Resource Management with City of Hamilton, Angela DeMontigny, Indigenous Luxury Designer, Heather George, Curator with Woodland Cultural Centre, and Keith Jamieson, First Nations researcher, writer, educator and curator

In 2019, the City of Hamilton began the process of reviewing their pre-existing landmarks, spaces, monuments, and markers, in order to address the perpetuation of settler colonialism, systemic racism, and genocide and identify opportunities to better represent the histories and contributions of Indigenous peoples in the city. The project’s Working Group and Circle of Experts come together in a panel to discuss their work and its impact and to consider how museums can reflect the histories, realities, and significance of Indigenous communities in their respective regions, as one of many steps in the process of decolonization.

Read more about Conference HERE.

Session Highlight: Monday November 7 In-person
You(th) are Here: Making Museums a Space to Be, Not Just a Place to See
SpeakersMeredyth Schofield, Youth Volunteer Lead at Gibson House Museum, Pailagi Pandya, Curator at City of Toronto, Shan Fernando, Youth Volunteer Leader at Spadina Museum, and Yiran Li, Youth Volunteer Lead at Mackenzie House

The Toronto History Museums Youth Volunteer Program focuses on making museums a space to be, and not just a place to see. Join our speakers to explore how youth engagement is an integral part of building a diverse and inclusive museum community.

Read more HERE.
Session Highlight: Monday November 21 Online
Co-designing Access in a Small Art Gallery for Blind Visitors
SpeakersCarla Ayukawa, Exhibition and Industrial Designer, Educator at Carleton University, Fiona Wright, Student and Public Programs Coordinator at Carleton University Art Gallery, and James Bluhm, Community Consultant at Carleton University Art Gallery

In this case study, our speakers discuss an audio description tour, developed with and for gallery visitors who are blind or who have vision impairments. In an exhibition that explored different kinds of perceptibility, this tour opened up spaces for multi-sensory engagements and shared social experiences.

Read more HERE.
New and Renewing OMA Members
Algonquin College - Applied Museum Studies Program
Bata Shoe Museum
Billy Bishop Museum
Campbell House Museum
Carleton Place & Beckwith Heritage Museum
Drumbo and District Heritage Society
First Hussars Museum
Georgian College: Museum & Gallery Studies
Guelph Museums
King Heritage & Cultural Centre
National Gallery of Canada
Obsidian Manufacturing
Sombra Museum
Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care - History Walk
Welland Historical Museum 
Sector News
Millworkers’ Staircase and Riverwalk
Recognized with 2021-2022 Dorothy Duncan
Public History Award

Ontario Historical Society
The Ontario Historical Society is pleased to present the 2021-22 Dorothy Duncan Public History Award to The Mississippi Valley Textile Museum for their Millworkers’ Staircase and Riverwalk project. The Dorothy Duncan Public History Award is presented to an outstanding public history project delivered in Ontario.

The Mississippi Valley Textile Museum, in partnership with the Municipality of Mississippi Mills Council, put considerable effort into planning, coordinating, and executing this complex project that incorporates public infrastructure, historical interpretation, and public art to enhance the municipal heritage landmark. Completed in August of 2021, the project includes twenty interpretive historic panels along Almonte’s scenic Riverwalk, as well as a new workers sidewalk and, for modern safety requirements, a steel staircase that pays homage to the historic route used by workers of the No.1 Rosamond Woolen Mill.

Read more HERE. 
Watch a video about the project HERE.
Media Coverage
Derailed: The History of Black Railway Porters in Canada Wins 2022 Public History Award
Heritage Toronto

Myseum of Toronto's “Derailed: The History of Black Railway Porters in Canada” is a digital multimedia exhibition that captures the lived experiences of the Black railway porters and their often under-told narrative, through the use of theatrical performances, interviews, mediascapes, and archival content.  The exhibition highlights the important role that Black railway porters played in the history of the city, province, and across the country.

This program allows for attendees to experience a new and innovative way of interacting with history. Instead of simply watching a theatrical interpretation or hearing a lecture or reading, this multimedia digital exhibition captures the performances and integrates them into a transformative experience that brings the history and real life stories of the Black railway porters to life.

Jurors found this exhibition to be the epitome of a public history project. The exhibition provides an innovative way of delivering important stories to a diverse audience. The project also ties the legacy of Black porters to the present in an engaging way, which the jurors believed is especially important in highlighting the significance of history as a field.

OMA Vice President Cheryl Blackman (Director, Museums and Heritage Services, City of Toronto) served as moderator for the project. 

Read more HERE.
Watch a video about the project HERE. 
Media Coverage
2022 Governors' Awards
National Trust for Canada

OTTAWA, ON – The National Trust for Canada is pleased to announce the 9 recipients of the Trust’s 2022 Governors’ Awards who are making a difference in their communities with inspirational projects.
The National Trust Governors’ Awards honour contributions to community, identity, and sense of place deserving national attention. This year the Trust’s Board of Governors congratulates the following initiatives and recipients for their remarkable contributions to place making, cultural heritage and historic places.  

Ontario recipients include:

Read more from the National Trust for Canada HERE. 

$400k for Dufferin Islands Visitor Experience and Ecological Enhancement Initiative
Niagara Parks Foundation and Niagara Parks Commission 
TD Bank Group has committed $400,000 over the next three years to launch the Dufferin Islands Visitor Experience and Ecological Enhancement Initiative at Niagara Parks.

This multi-phase project, funded through the TD Ready Commitment, will strengthen the overall environmental sustainability of the site. In addition, the project will continue to support meaningful experiences for guests of all ages and abilities, who visit this treasured public park that is located in the iconic Queen Victoria Park.

As the environmental and cultural stewards of the 56km Niagara River Corridor, Niagara Parks Commission is proud to work on initiatives like this in a space that is well-used by local residents and visitors alike.

Key project investment goals include:
1. Restoring stability along critical sections of the islands, shoreline and the surrounding moraine to protect sensitive habitats, while continuing to safely host visitors year-round.
2. Thoughtfully addressing the inventory of aging infrastructure, to identify and remove barriers to increase universal access.
3. Developing educational programming opportunities in nature, suited to all ages and abilities. This includes the creation of new interpretive content, in collaboration with Indigenous partners, to foster a greater appreciation of the unique history of this area.
Media Coverage


From left to right: Pamela Klassen, Cara Krmpotich, Mikinaak Migwans,
Alan Ojiig Corbiere, Bradley Clements, & James Migwans
at Manitou Rapids, Rainy River First Nations
Kay-nah-chi-wah-nung hosts
GRASAC Gathering

From the Great Lakes Research Alliance for the
Study of Aboriginal Arts and Cultures
 Nov 22 Newsletter
By: Pamela Klassen, Art Hunter, Krista Barclay, & Teagan de Laronde

With eagles circling over the river and the northern lights dancing at night, the Manitou Mounds hosted a gathering of over fifty people, including many GRASAC members, on the weekend of October 1-2. The Kay-Nah-Chi-Wah-Nung Gathering brought together Elders, community members from Rainy River First Nations, regional museum curators, and university researchers to discuss Treaty #3—its stories and history, how it is remembered and commemorated, and how we honour it today and into the future.

With representation from several regional museums like The Muse in Kenora, Manitoba Museum, Fort Frances Museum, and universities including University of Guelph, York University, and Trent University, the gathering was a great opportunity for many people to visit Kay-Nah-Chi-Wah-Nung for the first time. It was also an excellent step to building networks and connections for future projects and collaborations.

Read more HERE.
Media Coverage
#Museum30 2022 Social Media Calendar
November 1-30 by @MagnifyZoology 
It’s the sixth year of #Museum30, a month of celebrating everything great about museums and heritage (You can find out more about the past challenges here).

The challenge officially begins on Nov 1st but you can join in whenever you are able to. Do it every day or maybe pick out a few prompts that inspire you. That’s the great thing about #Museum30, you can make it your own.

The challenge is still the same, share one photo a day inspired by the prompt – you can use old photos from museums, get creative and do some drawings or just photograph the things in your everyday life!

Read more HERE.
Celebrating 50 Years of the Canadian Conservation Institute and the Canadian Heritage Information Network
Government of Canada
The Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI) and the Canadian Heritage Information Network (CHIN) have been serving heritage professionals from Canada and around the world for 50 years. To mark this special occasion, we look back on the history of CCI and CHIN and highlight some of their most celebrated accomplishments from 1972 to 2022. We invite you to learn more about the people and projects that comprise the storied past of these important organizations.

Read more HERE.
American Alliance of Museums:
Diversity, Equity To Become Required for
Museum Accreditation, Standards
American Alliance of Museums

New requirements will focus on including diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion (DEAI) practices that are critical for the future vitality and sustainability of the museum field and essential to meet the evolving needs of the public.

Over the next three years, AAM will achieve a milestone by making what will be the first update to field-wide standards in twenty years. “Embedding DEAI more explicitly into the standards and ethics for 35,000 museums, and requirements for accreditation, is a watershed moment in our field’s history,” said Laura Lott, AAM President and CEO. “Serving as our guide is our recently released Excellence in DEAI report which lays the groundwork for a common set of Core Concepts and Key Indicators of museum excellence in DEAI.” The Excellence in DEAI report issued earlier this summer was a result of the work of the AAM DEAI Task Force and guided by former Senior Director of Equity and Culture, Andrew Plumley.

Read more HERE.

Media Coverage 
Webinar & Panel Discussion:
Creating Inclusive Exhibitions
Lord Cultural Resources
Wednesday, November 9, 2022
2pm to 3pm ET

Lord Cultural Resources is pleased to announce the release of its latest publication, the Manual of Museum Exhibitions 3rd Edition. To celebrate with us, we are hosting a webinar on the latest trends in museum exhibitions. During the hour-long webinar, we talk with the book’s editor, Maria Piacente, followed by a panel discussion with museum and cultural expert contributors.

The COVID-19 pandemic shone a bright light on inequities in our society that impact People of Colour and Indigenous communities economically, socially, and physically. Coupled with the racial justice movement and a growing commitment to Truth and Reconciliation, cultural organizations are working to better understand how meaningful engagement with communities influences current and future actions in museums. Our discussion will use the prism of I.D.E.A (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access) to reflect on the exhibition making process.

As one of the most important drivers of attendance and revenue in museums, the development of exhibitions is at the forefront of museum engagement strategies. Exhibitions can stimulate decolonial dialogues, privilege diverse voices and underserved publics, and present alternative ways of knowing. 

  • Maria Piacente, Senior Vice President for Exhibition and Gallery Planning, Royal Ontario Museum 
  • Cheryl Blackman, Director, Museums & Heritage Services at City of Toronto, OMA Vice President  
  • Corey Timpson, Principal, Corey Timpson Design Inc.
Moderator:  Dr. Brad King, Vice President, Strategy & Organization, Lord Cultural Resources

Register HERE.
Webinar- ONCA A Year Later:
the 100 Most Asked Questions
Community Legal Education Ontario

Thursday, November 10, 2022
1:30 to 3:00pm

On October 19th, 2021, Ontario’s Not-for-Profit Corporations Act was proclaimed. Since then, CLEO, in partnership with networks, umbrella groups, and funders across the province, has delivered dozens of workshops and answered hundreds of questions from nonprofits. CLEO has compiled the most frequently asked questions into a database, and will share what they have learned! 

Read more and register HERE.

Colleague Updates
Christopher Borgal, OAA FRAIC, CAHP is the 2022 recipient of the prestigious Eric Arthur Lifetime Achievement Award from the Architectural Conservancy Ontario (ACO). 

Many past and present works have been on significant buildings in major cities including the 1990's restoration of the south façade of Parliament Hill's Centre Block (Ottawa), recent work at Massey Hall (Toronto), many other public buildings, and he has worked on over 30% of Ontario's museum sites, including Huron, Bruce and Lambton County museums.

Read more HERE.
Dr. Laura Peers, professor emerita of museum anthropology, curator emerita (Americas collections), Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford, and adjunct professor in the School for the Study of Canada and the Department of Anthropology, Trent University, is one of a trio of editors to win the 2021 Horowitz Book Prize. 
Bard Graduate Center is pleased to announce that the Mr. and Mrs. Raymond J. Horowitz Book Prize for the best book on the decorative arts, design history, or material culture of the Americas published in 2021 has been awarded to Object Lives and Global Histories in Northern North America: Material Culture in Motion, c.1780 - 1980 edited by Beverly Lemire, Laura Peers, and Anne Whitelaw (McGill-Queens University Press).

Read more HERE.
In the Media
Restored M7 Priest tank on its way from Holland to Oshawa’s Ontario Regiment Museum
Mammoth sound sculptures, travelling shows and futurists: this is the McMichael?
UNE NUIT AU MUSÉE (Radio-Canada) : Le bunker colossal de la capitale nationale  Écoutez. 
Old school bell returned to Delhi at the Tobacco Museum and Heritage Centre
What's On
Diefenbunker: Canada's Cold War Museum
Canada, the Cold War, and the Korean War
Shevchenko Museum
Seven - Exhibition of Art and Sculpture by Alexander Gutyrya
Canadian Transportation Museum and Heritage Village
Space to Spoon
Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology
STEAM Saturdays Kids’ Workshop
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