OMA Conference 2022 Recordings now available to all OMA Members!

Jan 26, 2023
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OMA Resources
Upcoming Workshop:
Bring Your Own By-Laws with CLEO

Community Legal Education Ontario and
Ontario Museum Association

Friday February 3, 2023
9:00am - 2:00pm ET (1 hour lunch break)
Free, but registration is limited

In this half-day working session, participants will work through their by-laws and letters patent and a special workbook to identify what they might want or need to change in order to comply with Ontario’s Not-for-profit Corporations Act (ONCA). Participants are advised to review their governing documents ahead of time to be somewhat familiar with the layout and content. Participants must bring a digital or physical copy of their by-laws and (preferably) letters patent.
This session is for: senior leaders, board members, and anyone involved in the corporate governance of organizations already incorporated under Ontario’s Corporations Act or a special Act.

This session is not for:

  • organizations that are not themselves incorporated but part of a larger organization or government, 
  • organizations incorporated under Canada Not-for-Profit Corporations Act,
  • organizations incorporated under Co-operative Corporations Act,
  • organizations incorporated through the Ontario Historical Society, or
  • other statutes outside of Ontario

Speaker: Benjamin Miller, a staff lawyer on the Nonprofit Law Ontario project of Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO) where he focuses on the legal needs of nonprofits and charities.

Read more and register HERE.

Get started thinking about ONCA! The OMA and CLEO hosted a webinar to discuss what is new in the ONCA, and steps nonprofits need to take to transition to the ONCA. Watch the webinar recording of HERE.

Register today!
Webinar Recording:
Mapping Oral History with Atlascine and Sensibility Mapping 

Featuring Speakers from the Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling at Concordia University

On January 18, 2023, the Ontario Museum Association, in partnership with Toronto History Museums and Surface Impression held a discussion on Atlascine, a free, online and open-source software developed to map collections of stories. Through the full interaction between media and maps, Atlascine offers new ways of navigating within and between audiovisual stories.

  • Sébastien Caquard, co-director of COHDS and a professor in the department of Geography, Planning and Environment at Concordia University
  • Élise Olmedo, post-doctoral researcher at the department of Geography, Planning and Environment at Concordia University.
  • Emory Shaw, PhD student at Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS)

For more information about the Atlascine project, click HERE.

Mapping Oral History with Atlascine and Sensibility Mapping is part of the series organized by Digital Action Research and Training, Toronto History Museums, Surface Impression and the Ontario Museum Association.

Watch here!
OMA Annual Conference 2022 Recordings
Members can watch Nov. 7 & 21 session recordings today!

Thank you for your participation in OMA Annual Conference 2022! We are excited to share with our members the recordings of Conference sessions from Nov. 7 and 21 (including livestreamed sessions from the plenary room on Nov. 7 and all sessions on Nov. 21).

Existing Members: Your Member Number is your username. Member Numbers can be found on your membership card .PDF or in your renewal confirmation email.
New Members: If you have become a new member, your Member Number and password was included in the confirmation email.
Not a Member? Join Now.

Watch HERE
Shannon Coles, Conservator, City of Hamilton Civic Museums; and Franca Hicks, Curator of Collections, Dundurn National Historic Site and Hamilton Military Museum, speak at OMA Annual Conference 2022 in Hamilton, ON - Keeping Things in One Place: The Hamilton Civic Museums Goal to Create Central Storage
The OMA Team is Here to Help
If you have any questions or need assistance prior to or during the Conference
please send us an email to or
call us at 416-348-8672 or toll-free in Ontario 1-866-662-8672.
Upcoming OMA Dates

February 3, 2023: Bring Your Own By-Laws with CLEO - Ontario Museum Association

February 9 & 16, 2023: CCI Webinar Photography on a Dime: Thrifty Tools and Free Software for Heritage Professionals - co-presented by Ontario Museum Association and Galeries Ontario / Ontario Galleries
External Resources
Decent Work Resource Bank
Ontario Nonprofit Network

This document includes a curated collection of academic and grey literature that reflects the state of the nonprofit sector in relation to decent work, racial justice, and Indigenous sovereignty. 

The purpose of this Resource Bank is to support nonprofits, researchers, and advocates interested in decent work to advance public policy advocacy, governance and organizational change within Ontario's nonprofit sector. Drawing on the rich intellectual history of movement building, this Resource Bank is a collaborative project which aims to aid local and global Decent Work movements. 

Read more HERE.

Podcast: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in Canada’s Nonprofit Sector

Charity Village


Due in part to the COVID-19 pandemic and global movements such as Black Lives Matter, recent years have seen a heightened awareness of the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion – within society generally, and especially within the workplace. But are Canadian nonprofit organizations ready to take the next step in their diversity, equity, and inclusion journey? And what tools and resources are available to help them make meaningful change? In this episode, we’ll explore best practices and new strategies for making a positive and lasting impact in the sector, along with practical steps that nonprofits of any size will find useful.   


Meet the Guests:

Listen HERE.

Heritage Sector Submission on Federal Bill C-23 – Historic Places of Canada Act
National Trust for Canada

This submission provides feedback from the heritage sector on Federal Bill C-23: An Act respecting places, persons and events of national historic significance or national interest, archaeological resources, and cultural and natural heritage. 

In 2017, the Standing Committee on Environment and Climate Change released Report 10: Preserving Canada’s Heritage: The Foundation for Tomorrow, which, among its 17 recommendations, states, “The federal government must set an example by adopting legislation to provide better statutory protection for federal heritage buildings and national historic sites under its stewardship.”

Bill C-23 harmonizes the current patchwork of legislation affecting federal heritage properties and the designation of places of national significance. It discusses conflicting requirements and clarifies the Government of Canada’s role. It creates a Public Register that gives the public access to information on “designations”, “condition” and “planned action” for federal historic places.

Bill C-23 responds to the TRC Calls to Action 79(i) and (ii) by adding Indigenous representation on the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada; by requiring the Board to consider the best available information including Indigenous and community knowledge in its recommendations to the Minister; and by providing an Indigenous-led process for including places in the Public Register.

It enshrines in legislation the Standards and Guidelines for the Conservation of Historic Places in Canada and the World Heritage Convention. 

The National Trust for Canada highlights a number of areas where Federal Bill C-23 should be strengthened to better protect Canada’s treasured historic places in a sustainable way for the benefit of generations to come. Read more HERE.

National Trust for Canada is inviting support for this submission outlining amendments to strengthen Bill C-23 – federal heritage places legislation HERE.
OMA Job Board
Summer Positions

Summer Employment Opportunities Program
Ontario Public Service

February 10, 2023
$15.50 - $16.35 per hour.
The Summer Employment Opportunities (SEO) program can help you develop new skills as you work with one of Ontario's ministries, provincial agencies, or community groups serving Ontarians across the province. Each year, thousands of full-time positions are offered for students and new graduates, with contracts ranging from 7-18 weeks between May and September.
Read more HERE.

Ontario Parks Student Jobs

Calling all Ontario students! Do you enjoy the outdoors and have an appreciation for Ontario’s natural and cultural resources? Are you self-motivated, with a positive attitude and a desire to learn? Do you enjoy working and interacting with the public? Then this is the job for you! Don’t miss the opportunity to apply for a position as a student park ranger with Ontario Parks this summer.
Read more HERE.
Learn how to apply HERE.
City of Toronto Part-time Recreation Jobs
Positions available in recreation include jobs working with children, youth, adults and seniors. You can work in various program areas, including aquatics, arts and culture, camps, pre-school, community programs, fitness and wellness and sports. Jobs are located across the city in community centres, parks, pools, arenas and city-owned museums and cultural centres.
Read more HERE.
City of Toronto Historical Interpreter
February 6, 2023
$23.58 per hour.
Do you enjoy sharing stories and interacting with diverse groups of people of all ages? Are you committed to creating inclusive museums for all and committed to telling the full story of Toronto's past, present and future? Do you love community engagement, performing or working with your hands? You could be a Historical Interpreter at Toronto History Museums!
Read more HERE.
Parks Canada Summer Positions
$16.00 - $30.00 per hour.
Parks Canada is looking for energetic and enthusiastic students and temporary workers to support our summer 2023 operations. Join Parks Canada and help us conserve and protect our country's most treasured places! With a vast network of national parks, national historic sites, and marine conservation areas, you'll get to work in some of the most beautiful and culturally significant places in the country. 
Read more HERE.
Head Curator
Textile Museum of Canada

January 31, 2023
$70,000 to $76,000 annual salary

Read more HERE.
Public Programmer
St. Catharines Museum & Welland Canals Centre

January 31, 2023
$23.1955 to $27.3365 hourly

Read more HERE.
Head of Content & Experience
Ken Seiling Waterloo Region Museum

February 1, 2023
$75,457.20 to $94,312.40 per annum

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!
In the Media
Wellington County Museum exhibit to highlight Black heritage, culture, accomplishments
Detroit judge to speak in Amherstburg Freedom Museum series
Museum of Dufferin’s New Online Exhibit Explores a Piece of Shelburne History
Visitors to the Diefenbunker experience a key part of Canada’s Cold War history
A Major Renewal Project At The Bytown Museum
McMaster Museum of Art's new exhibitions have close ties to Humanities and campus community
OMA's 50th Anniversary
2022 is the Ontario Museum Association’s 50th Anniversary! We are celebrating 50 years of advancing a strong museum sector for Ontario with staff and volunteers from the province’s 700 museums, galleries, and heritage sites. To commemorate this occasion, we are hosting a year-long series of online activities, culminating at the OMA Annual Conference 2022 in November.

We welcome everyone to join the celebration of our 50th anniversary
and to visit a museum near you!

Learn more about our 50th Anniversary HERE.

Left to Right: Diane Pellicone, Exhibition Coordinator and Art History Researcher; Francesca Bouaoun, City of Toronto Museums and Heritage Services and Pailagi Pandya, Curator, City of Toronto at the OMA Awards of Excellence Reception at OMA Annual Conference 2022 in Hamilton, ON
Make a donation to the OMA!

Whether you choose to give the price of a cup of coffee or donate $50 for 50 years, any and all donations are appreciated.

We thank you for your donation in support of the OMA's ongoing operations!
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Support Ontario’s Museums: Donate Now!

As museums across Ontario face the challenges of reopening safely and renewing relationships with your communities, the OMA is here for you. Your support, participation, and membership make our work possible.

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 adds to the collective strength of our sector. Thank you for your support!

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