Nominations Open for OMA Awards of Excellence

Apr 22, 2021
Need to Know
Canada's 2021 Budget
Additional Supports for Jobs

On Monday, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, released Budget 2021: A Recovery Plan for Jobs, Growth, and Resilience

Items of interest for museums include:

Museum funding: 
  • Community Festivals and Events: $200 million through Canadian Heritage to support local festivals, community cultural events, outdoor theatre performances, heritage celebrations, local museums, amateur sport events, and more. [page 201]
  • $23 million over three years for Canadian Heritage’s Museums Assistance Program to support the digitization of information and collections by non-national museums and heritage institutions, which will allow these institutions to create original content such as educational materials, apps or other virtual activities to enhance the visitor experience. [pages 223 & 537]
  • $47 million in 2021-2022 for Canada’s six national museums and the National Battlefields Commission to address financial pressures caused by COVID-19 and program integrity issues. Funding is also proposed for the RCMP Heritage Centre as it begins the process of transitioning to a new national museum, and to support the completion of the National Museum of Science and Technology’s Ingenium Centre. Finally, funding is proposed for the Canadian Museum of History to support the purchase of the collection of Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame. [pages 223 & 537] 

In addition to the items the OMA shared Monday evening in an eNews Alert, there are additional supports for jobs included in the budget:

  • $371.8 million in new funding for Canada Summer Jobs in 2022-23 to support approximately 75,000 new job placements in the summer of 2022. This is in addition to 2020 Fall Economic Statement funding for approximately 94,000 additional job placements in 2021-22. [page 111]
  • $595 million for the Canada Recovery Hiring Program, which will run from June to November 2021 and make it easier for businesses to hire back laid-off workers or to bring on new ones. [page 128] 

Read the OMA's eNews Alert HERE. 

Read the News Release HERE. 

Read "Budget 2021: A Recovery Plan for Jobs, Growth, and Resilience" HERE. 


Media Coverage

OMA Resources
Explore Ontario's Museums
Special Feature
May 28th Ontario edition of The Globe and Mail & online

Advertising commitment deadline is April 30th!

The OMA and The Globe and Mail are working together to provide Ontario's museums with an opportunity to showcase the experiences they will be offering during 2021's unique summer tourism season. 

This special feature of museums will highlight both in-person and virtual experiences in Ontario museums, and provides an opportunity for museums of all sizes and Regional Museum Networks to reach out to visitors in-print and online with special rates to advertise. 

As museums plan for their re-opening dates and tourists plan their "staycations", the Explore Ontario's Museums special feature, slated for publication on Friday, May 28th, will close out May is Museum Month with all that Ontario museums have to offer!

Important Dates:
  • Advertising Commitment- April 30th, 2021
  • Material Deadlines- May 7th, 2021
  • Print/Digital Publication Dates- Friday, May 28th, 2021

Read the Special Feature information Package HERE. 

We encourage museums to work with their Regional Tourism Organizations (RTOs) and / or Destination Marketing Organizations (DMOs) to coordinate advertising. 

To learn more and participate, reach out to your Globe and Mail advertising representative:
KEITH RYDER, Special Reports Associate

May is Museum Month 2021
Since 2000, the OMA has led a campaign for May is Museum Month / Mai, Mois des Musées. The International Council of Museums (ICOM) has declared the theme for International Museum Day 2021 (May 18th) to be "The Future of Museums: Recover and Reimagine." 

In 2021, public awareness of the safe, quality experiences that museums can offer is especially important. For MMM 2021, the OMA encourages museums to use social media and digital tools to share the offers they have for their communities and hyperlocal tourists. 

May is Museum Month is an opportunity to showcase the excellent work of museums and engage your supporters! You can download a MMM logo, and plan your upcoming communications: 
OMA Awards of Excellence
Nominations Now Open

Deadline: Friday, June 18, 2021

Museums of all sizes, individuals at all stages of career, volunteers of all kinds, we want to hear from you!

Now is the time to toot your own horn! Sing your own praises! Celebrate the amazing work that you and your colleagues are doing.

Read more and submit nominations HERE.
Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI)
Webinar Survey

The Ontario Museum Association (OMA) and Galeries Ontario / Ontario Galleries (GOG) will jointly apply to the Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI) for a subsidized workshop to be presented in 2021-22.

Please help OMA-GOG fulfill the needs of the public art, museum, and heritage sector by filing out the survey. Which Canadian Conservation Institute Webinar topic best suits your institution's needs?

Identify your priorities here:
Thank You, John and Joan!

The OMA would like to thank long time Certificate in Museum Studies Course Directors Joan Kanigan and John Summers for their contributions to the program and to the community of CMS participants they have taught and mentored over the years.

Joan Kanigan, CEO of the Western Development Museum in Saskatchewan, taught Organization & Management of Museums from 2012 until 2021. She took what could seem like a fairly dry topic and used her deep passion and experience in museum governance and management to create a course that was both practical and inspiring.

John Summers, Manager, Heritage Resource Management for the City of Hamilton, taught Exhibit Planning & Design from 2012 until 2020, and co-taught Education Programs from 2018 to 2020. Inspired by his experience as a Course Director, John published a book about exhibit planning and design for small museums. With his co-Course Director Meredith Leonard, he was creative with the form of his courses, creating the Summer Institute: Planning & Designing Programs and Exhibits in 2018, which combined the two courses as one.

Both Joan and John have stepped away from their Course Director roles this year to pursue other opportunities. Please join us in thanking Joan and John for the time and dedication have given to their Course Director roles, and for sharing their knowledge and passion with hundreds of course participants.
Members in the News 
Canadian Canoe Museum unveils renderings of proposed new museum building
Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre and Bruce Power offer free virtual field trips for Earth Week
Pickering Museum Village to improve programs with new funds
Canadian Automotive Museum hosts online presentations about Canada's auto history
External Resources

Community Building Fund - Operating stream

Application deadline is April 28, 2021 at 5 PM ET

The Community Building Fund – Operating stream provides support for non-profits and Indigenous communities in the community arts and culture, heritage, tourism, sport and recreation sectors to help sustain their operations and create new attractions, experiences and events.

Read more HERE.
Recordings Available: Digital Marketing Training for Cultural Tourism Organizations
Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund
The Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund delivered a series of seven webinars to help build your digital marketing capacity, give you new tools and ideas and hopefully help with your recovery and rebuilding once we are all able to congregate again.

Read more watch the webinar recordings HERE.
Three Papers Published by CCI Staff
Canadian Conservation Institute
Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI) staff members recently published the following papers in volume 44 of the Journal of the Canadian Association for Conservation (J.CAC):
  • “A Comparison of Birch Bark Colour Change Due to Methanol or Ethanol Vapour Exposures” by Senior Conservator Carole Dignard, Senior Conservation Scientists Jennifer Poulin and Season Tse (retired) and former CCI postgraduate interns Sonia Kata and Megan Narvey.
  • “Identifying Collections Vulnerable to Disasters: Evidence from Risk Analysis of Rare Events” by Senior Preventive Conservation Advisor Irene Karsten.
  • "Performance Testing of Anti-graffiti Coatings for Painted Outdoor Murals in Canada" by Michael O’Malley, Paintings Conservator at the Centre de conservation du Québec, and Nancy Binnie, Senior Conservation Scientist at CCI.
Framework for Perserving Heritage Collections
Canadian Conservation Institute
The “Framework Poster for Preserving Heritage Collections” is a quick reference tool that provides heritage professionals with practical advice on how to protect collections from the agents of deterioration. The tool also lists issues related to climate change and sustainability. The recommendations follow the stages of control (avoid, block, detect and respond), and are grouped under three categories: building features, portable fittings and procedures.

Read more and download the Framework HERE.
 Funding Opportunities
Deadlines for 2021
OMA Job Board
Collection & Exhibit Assistant
Elgin County Railway Museum
April 26
Read more HERE.
Collections Officer
Pickering Museum Village
April 28
Read more HERE.
Education and Programs Assistant
Diefenbunker: Canada's Cold War Museum

April 1
Read more HERE.
Assistant Curator
Timmins Museum: National Exhibition Centre

April 30
Read more HERE.
Executive Director
Hamilton Artists Inc.

April 30
Read more HERE.
Media & Communications Coordinator
Grey Roots Museum & Archives

May 3
Read more HERE.
Museum Coordinator
Toronto History Museums

May 3
Read more HERE.
CMS Course Director: Organization & Management of Museums
Ontario Museum Association

May 5
Read more HERE.
Digital Archives Assistant
Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre

May 5
Read more HERE.
Assistant Curator - Mamanaw Pekiskwewina | Mother Tongues
The Robert McLaughlin Gallery

May 9
Read more HERE.
Curator, Indigenous Initiatives (Up to 15 Months)
City of Kingston

May 10
Read more HERE.
Executive Director
Ottawa Museum Network

May 16
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 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.

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Marie G. Lalonde
Executive Director 

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