ONmuseums: CMOG Update and COVID-19 MAP Funding!

Jun 25, 2020
Need to Know
CMOG Deadline June 30!
Canadian Heritage COVID-19 Emergency Funding for Heritage Organizations

OMA Resources
OMA Guidance for Museums Reopening
OMA COVID-19 Resources
#MuseumsConnectON Member Check-Ins

External Resources
The Survey Results Are In: Ontario EMPs and COVID-19
AAM 2020 Annual Survey of Museum-Goers - Infographics
Sustaining Places - Digital Media & Web Design Resources
COVID-19 Tourism Workforce Recovery Toolkit - Tourism HR Canada 

OMA Job Board
Professional Development Assistant (YCW)
Museum Assistant (YCW)
Archival Assistant/ Records Control Officer 
Visitor Engagement Assistant
Executive Director
Need to Know
CMOG Deadline June 30!

The OMA would like to remind all our members to apply for CMOG funding. In discussions with the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries, the OMA has heard that the majority of eligible CMOG applicants have submitted already, and that operating grants are to be released in the next couple of weeks. 

As the Tuesday, June 30 deadline is almost here, we remind all CMOG applicants who have not yet applied to submit abbreviated CMOG applications as soon as possible.

Eligible museum applicants must log into the Transfer Payment Ontario system - https://www.ontario.ca/page/get-funding-ontario-government - to download the form in order to submit successfully. 

To read more, click HERE.

For questions or clarification, please contact: Elka Weinstein, Museum and Heritage Programs Advisor, Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries
E-mail: Elka.Weinstein@ontario.ca

Canadian Heritage
COVID-19 Emergency Funding for Heritage Organizations (Museums)
Through MAP

Apply Now!
 While the deadline to apply is September 1, 2020, applicants are encouraged to apply early as funds are limited.

The Museums Assistance Program (MAP) is now accepting applications for emergency assistance through the COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund for Heritage Organizations. This assistance will help organizations care for their heritage collections during these exceptional circumstances.

The COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund for Heritage Organizations administered by the Department of Canadian Heritage is meant to complement economic measures already announced by the Government of Canada, such as the Canada Emergency Response Benefit, the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy, the Canada Emergency Business Account and the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance for small businesses.

Not-for-profit organizations with a heritage collection, such as museums, archives, and historic sites, may be eligible to receive funding. Indigenous organizations with a heritage collection are also encouraged to apply. Organizations can receive between $5,000 and $100,000 in emergency support. Funding from the COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund for Heritage Organizations is for expenses incurred between April 1, 2020 and March 31, 2021.

To expedite funding requests, the Department has created a simplified online application process. For full details on program eligibility and information on how to apply, please visit the COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund for Heritage Organizations.

How to apply:

Review the guidelines for COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund for Heritage Organizations;
Apply online through our new funding portal.


Apply Here

Email: PCH.info-info.PCH@canada.ca
Telephone: 819-997-0055; 1-866-811-0055 (toll-free)
TTY: 1-888-997-3123 (toll-free)

Agents are available to answer your questions, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (ET).
Limits of Government Assistance

The total financial assistance received from the Emergency Support component of the Museums Assistance Program and other levels of government (federal, provincial/territorial and municipal) cannot exceed 100% of your total project-related costs.

Funding range
Funding amounts will range from $5,000 to a maximum of $100,000. The amount will be determined by a formula based on your 2019 expenses or last completed fiscal year, as supported by financial statements.

The formula is as follows:
  • for annual expenses between $10,000 and $50,000: fixed funding amount of $5,000;
  • for annual expenses between $50,001 and $100,000: fixed funding amount of $10,000; and
  • for annual expenses between $100,001 and $3,000,000: variable amount equivalent to 10% of annual expenses up to a maximum of $100,000.

You may not apply for funding for more than 12 months.

Funding from the COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund for Heritage Organizations is for expenses incurred between April 1, 2020 and March 31, 2021.

OMA Resources
OMA Guidance for Museums Reopening
New OMA Resource - Available Now!
"The OMA has created this document to provide information that will help Ontario museums to make decisions about whether to reopen, when to reopen, and how to reopen responsibly and safely. That all museums will reopen to the public in the near future is not a foregone conclusion. The decision to reopen any museum will be based on government and scientific guidance, but the financial and operational considerations that directors, funders and policy-makers must take into account mean that reopening will be a difficult process for many museums."

OMA Reopening Guidance Document, crafted with input from the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism, and Culture Industry (MHSTCI), is available now HERE on our website!
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.

#MuseumsConnectON Member Check-Ins
Wednesday, July 8, 2020, 10 am
Are you missing your museum colleagues? Join the OMA every Wednesday morning for an informal chat and update. Every week there will be a brief presentation from OMA staff on a theme followed by an open discussion. This is an opportunity for you to connect with the OMA and with your colleagues across the province.

Meeting # – Wednesday, July 8, 2020 at 10am
Member Check-ins will be held in Zoom Meetings.
  • Register in advance HERE.
  • After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
  • Note: if you do not have a reliable internet connection, you can join by phone (cellular or landline) to hear and participate in the conversation.
Members in the News 
Bata Shoe Museum Workshop Teaches Moccasin-Making Promoting Reconciliation
Ontario Science Centre and Science North share $1.5 to Help Teachers Develop Curriculum 
Orillia Awards for Arts and Heritage Sector
Program that Allows Free Access to Hamilton Museums May Be Extended 2 More Years
External Resources
The Survey Results Are In: Ontario EMPs and COVID-19
On April 29th, GOEMP released their COVID-19 survey seeking to know more about who was affected, what they were experiencing, and what they needed from GOEMP. Over three weeks they received 122 responses. 

Key findings include:
  • 50% of respondents were in the first 3-8 years of their career (this means many of you are also very new to museums or are shifting into the second decade of your career – congratulations!)
  • 55% of respondents anticipated earning less in 2020 due to COVID-19
  • 40% of respondents had applied for financial assistance
  • 73% of respondents looking for a job said their search has been very or extremely impacted by the pandemic
Read more and download the report HERE.
2020 Annual Survey of Museum-Goers - Infographics
The 2020 Annual Survey of Museum-Goers is a survey of museum-goers specifically, not casual visitors or the broader public. Fielded this winter (2019-2020), as of March 21, 2020 there were 38,866 respondents from the email lists of 73 museums of all types. With a sample of this size, we are able to break it down in many ways, including highly specific demographic and life stage categories as well as by different attitudes, values, and behaviors.

Broader population comparison sampling was fielded concurrently with the Annual Survey in order to provide a comparison sample. The broader population comparison sampling had 1,787 respondents from across the country, with only 22% sharing that they had visited a museum in the previous year.

As the survey was fielded prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, AAM and Wilkening Consulting are following-up this survey with qualitative research among museum-goers, seeking to understand their current status, what they need from museums during closures and stay-at-home orders, and their hopes and fears for their communities during and post-pandemic.

Read more about the survey HERE or HERE.

AAM and Wilkening Consulting have released 5 Data Stories pertinent to COVID-19.

To see Data Story #1:
How Are Museum-Goers Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic
Click HERE

To see Data Story #2:
Do Audiences Want Virtual Content From Museums
Click HERE

To see Data Story #3:
When Will Audiences be Ready to Return to Museums? And What Will Help Them Feel Safe and Comfortable?
Click HERE

To see Data Story #4:
Museums are Struggling Financially, Do People Know? Will They Support Us?
Click HERE

To see Data Story #5:
Hope and Healing
Click HERE
Sustaining Places
Digital Media & Web Design Resources
This list of resources for budget-conscious small institutions offers lots of tips and tricks for everything from editing photographs to website creation and recommends plenty of resources to help institutions with their digital media and web design. They also have other pages with resources for small historical organizations focused on topics like conservation and preservation, disaster preparedness, education and programming, facilities, curatorial and exhibitions, archives and collections, and administration.
Read more HERE.
COVID-19 Tourism Workforce Recovery Toolkit
By Tourism HR Canada
The Covid-19 Tourism Workforce Recovery Toolkit is a practical, no-cost, web-based program that includes tools, downloadable content and presentations, all designed to give tourism operators the knowledge resources they need to rebound and succeed. The curated content presented in the COVID-19 Tourism Workforce Recovery Toolkit leverages myriad public-domain academic and business sources. The Toolkit is dynamic and will be updated and amended on a regular basis to reflect new information and market changes. 
Read more HERE.

Access the Tourism Workforce Recovery Kit HERE.
OMA Job Board
Professional Development Assistant (YCW)
Ontario Museum Association
Toronto, ON

The OMA is seeking a Professional Development Assistant to support programs and initiatives of the OMA that further our goal to strengthen skills, knowledge, innovation and excellence in museum work in Ontario. The Professional Development Assistant will support administration of the Awards of Excellence Program and will contribute a research project to assess how equipped museums in Ontario are to move online and to measure community impacts in this online environment.

This position provides an opportunity to work with several different programs and gain exposure to all aspects of the OMA’s daily operations. The Professional Development Assistant will have the opportunity to meet and network with professionals in the heritage sector across Ontario through interaction with members and program participants, committee members, partner organizations, volunteers, and other stakeholders. The position includes the opportunity to participate in the online OMA Annual Conference learning event, October 2020 following the completion of the placement as well as a free one-year membership to the OMA.

Apply by June 26, 2020
Read more and apply HERE.
Museum Assistant (YCW)
Fanshawe Pioneer Village
London, ON
Under the supervision of the Collections Coordinator and Public Programming Coordinator, the Museum Assistant will complete collections management and curatorial museum functions.

Apply by June 29, 2020
Read more HERE.
Archival Assistant / Records Control Officer
Library and Archives Canada - Digital Operations and Preservation Branch
Ottawa, ON
ARCHIVAL ASSISTANT – In the context of the construction of a new state of the art facility in Gatineau, Québec, LAC is looking for Archival Assistants to prepare collection items for their move to their new home location. They will also be involved in the move of the collection. 1.3M containers of Library and Archives Canada’s collection material, currently stored in four(4) different LAC storage facilities, are moving and will require physical control and inventory control work required to successfully track, find, move and retrieve collection material throughout the move process and ingest into their new home location. The move is expected to be completed in May 2024.

THE RECORDS CONTROL OFFICER is responsible for the physical transfer or intake of archival records, from private, published and/or governmental sources to LAC custody; ensure the physical control of these records through different stages of processing and their proper archival storage. The RCO is also responsible for implementing the physical disposition of rejected archival records and providing advice for preventive conservation, physical arrangement, and archival housing.

Apply by June 30, 2020
Read more HERE.
Visitor Engagement Assistant
The Robert McLaughlin Gallery
Oshawa, ON
The Visitor Engagement Assistant (VEA) supports work that is vital to the RMG’s successful operations and helps to provide a welcoming guest experience for all of our visitors. The VEA provides exceptional customer service to visitors; supports operations for the shop, front desk; and public and private events. They are often the first staff member with whom a Gallery visitor interacts, and must communicate knowledgeably and enthusiastically about exhibitions and other Gallery activities as well as lead exhibition tours.

Apply by July 1, 2020
Read more HERE.
Executive Director
Art Gallery of Mississauga
Mississauga, ON

The Art Gallery of Mississauga is seeking a full-time Executive Director to lead and continuously develop the gallery from an artistic and creative perspective along with providing the necessary business skills to develop/manage and oversee the annual operating budgets, fund development/reporting, strategic plans, human resources, marketing initiatives, maintain transparent, concise communication with all stakeholders and is comfortable working with an active volunteer Board.

Read more and apply 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!