ONmuseums: 3 ways the OMA Advocated for you in March

Mar 14, 2019

Your monthly source for museum advocacy from the Ontario Museum Association.

In this Issue:
Need to Know
CMOG Standards 
Strategic Plan Requirements

The OMA is aware of the March 11 announcement related to the CMOG program requiring submission of a Strategic Plan related to the Standards for Community Museums in Ontario for the upcoming CMOG application of June 2019. The OMA's understanding is that all applicants are required to submit their plans in 2019 though the majority of of applicants have complied with this requirement in recent years.

Some members have expressed concerns including lack of notice as the deadline for the CMOG Application is two months away and duplication of administrative work. 

The OMA is following up on this recent information with the Ministry, and invites members to contact us with their feedback.

Please contact: 
Marie Lalonde: mlalonde@museumsontario.catoll free in Ontario: 1 866 662 8672, or 416 348 8672
Ministers at Queen's Park
From Left: Minister of Tourism, Culture, and Sport, Michael Tibollo with Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Ernie Hardeman, and Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services, Sylvia Jones, former Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport
OMA at Queen's Park with Partners

The OMA participated in two sector events to speak about the important role and contributions of museums in Ontario with the Architectural Conservancy Ontario (ACO) on February 20th and with The Tourism Industry Association of Ontario (TIAO) on March 6. 

The OMA met with a number of MPPs and government representatives including: the Honourable Michael Tibollo, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport , MPP Guy Bourgouin (Mushkegowuk-James Bay, NDP), Opposition Culture Critic, MPP Jill Andrew (Toronto- St. Paul’s, NDP), and Tourism and Sport Critic MPP Paul Miller(Hamilton East - Stoney Creek, NDP). 
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Ontario Tourism Strategy Consultations
The Ministry of Tourism, Culture, and Sport, conducted consultations towards an Ontario Tourism Strategy through an online submission form.  

The OMA provided feedback emphasizing the role of museums as vital tourism assets.  The OMA identified opportunities for investment in tourism within the museum sector, consistent with the recommendations from the OMA's Pre-Budget Submission
  • Digital Access & Engagement
  • Workforce Development
  • Community Museum Funding and Reduction in Red Tape
  • Centralized Museum Services. 
May is Museum Month Wordmark
Get Ready: May is Museum Month!
Mai, Mois des Musées!

Celebrate Ontario's museums and launch the summer tourism season during the month of May! Highlight May is Museum Month and International Museum Day with the following promotional activities:
  • Twitter and Facebook users: Publish your International Museum Day activities and events with the hashtag: #IMD2019, and tag the OMA @museumsontario
  • Invite your MPP, public officials and community leaders to your events. Don't forget to invite local media, share your pictures, and post them at your website!
  • Learn more about International Museum Day (IMD) by visiting the International Council of Museums (ICOM) website here and add your May museum events and activities to the interactive world map!

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