ONmuseums: Funding announced by Canadian Heritage

Jul 01, 2021
On July 1st, Canada Day

As museum professionals we are entrusted with the role of helping our communities to connect to our histories. This year, let us redouble our efforts to explore the totality of that history and the ways that it was and is experienced by different people in different ways. Let this Canada Day be one of reflection, when we hold space for those who are grieving, and we consider how to live out our ideals as Canadians so that our work as museum professionals is ever more nuanced, inclusive, and respectful.
From Inclusion 2025: A Practitioner's Guide to Inclusive Museums:

"Museums have historically held the power to shape public narrative and decide which stories and objects from the past should be preserved to present to future generations. Recent conversations in the museum sector are beginning to recognize the importance of the voices and stories that have historically been excluded from the dominant narratives, and the ethical imperative for museums to include the full diversity of these narratives and embody a more inclusive approach to our work overall."

Read Inclusion 2025: A Practitioner's Guide to Inclusive Museums HERE.
Over the years, Indigenous museum professionals and organizations have generously shared their work with Ontario's museum sector. We encourage museums to learn from the teachings and example of Indigenous Elders, colleagues and organizations.
Please find more resources for Indigenous Culture and Reconciliation HERE.

In March 2021, 250 Indigenous and non-Indigenous museum professionals gathered online for the second Indigenous Collections Symposium: 
Mashkawatgong-mamawewiziwin – strengthening our bonds, sharing our practices.
The recordings of the Symposium are now available to all HERE.
OMA Office Closure

The OMA Office will be closed today, July 1, 2021, and will re-open tomorrow, July 2.

At the OMA
Work with us!

The OMA has two positions with applications open below:

Advocacy Assistant - Young Canada Works
Deadline: Jul 26, 2021
Learn more HERE.

Learning and Recognition Assistant - Young Canada Works
Deadline: Sep 05, 2021
Learn more HERE.

OMA Awards of Excellence
 Nominations Deadline extended: July 12, 2021
There is Still Time to Recognize Inspiring Individuals!

The deadline for nominations to the Awards of Excellence 2021 has been extended until July 12, 2021 for the following Award categories:

  • Distinguished Career, and
  • Promising Leadership

Step up to thank those colleagues that are dedicated to supporting and energizing our community. Self-nominations are also encouraged!

Find out more
Partnering with Ontario's Museums on the Journey to Digital Transformation:
Faculty Research Spotlight

The OMA has been embarking on a three-year partnership with George Brown College to use analytics to develop support programs for the digitization transformation of Ontario museums. As members will recall, Professor Karen Sinotte joined us for a session at last year's conference called How Digitalization will Transform Museums: An Industry Panel Perspective which spoke on this partnership. In summer 2020, students in the Analytics for Business Decision program used open data sources to help the Toronto Railway Museum understand factors that impact visitor behaviour. Since then, there have been many analytics projects underway and on the horizon, as well as the development of a digital campaign for the Canadian Canoe Museum and an integrated marketing campaign for the Bata Shoe Museum.

Read more about student experiences HERE.

OMA Annual Conference 2020

How Digitalization will Transform Museums: An Industry Panel Perspective


  • Andrew Bromfield, Formative Innovations Inc.
  • Rupen Seoni, Environics Analytics
  • Archiit Sethuraman, ADP Canada
  • Karen Sinotte, George Brown College
New and Renewing OMA Members
Assiginack Museum and Heritage Park
Beachville District Museum
Boyd Heritage Museum
Callander Bay Heritage Museum & Alex Dufresne Art Gallery
Great War Flying Museum
Halton Hills Sports Museum and Resource Centre
Iron Bridge Historical Museum
J.P. Thomson Architects Ltd.
Kay-Nah-Chi-Wah-Nung Historical Centre
Lennox and Addington County Museum and Archives
Nipissing Township Museum
Ottawa Art Gallery
Rails End Gallery and Arts Centre
Sharon Temple National Historic Site
The Algonquin Way Cultural Centre, Omamiwinini Pimadjwowin
The R. Tait McKenzie Memorial Museum
Thunder Bay Art Gallery
TOTAL Fine Arts
Ukrainian Canadian Art Foundation / KUMF™ Gallery
Waterford Heritage & Agricultural Museum
Workers' History Museum
Sector News
Minister of Canadian Heritage
on Budget 2021
  • $41 million for the Museums Assistance Program (MAP)
  • $34 million for Canada’s six national museums and the National Battlefields Commission
  • $23 million to help museums across the country digitize information and collections
  • $12 million to support the Young Canada Works (YCW) Heritage program

In Budget 2021, the Government of Canada committed $1.9 billion to help support the recovery and reopening of the arts, culture, heritage and sport sectors. This funding, to be delivered over the next five years by the Department of Canadian Heritage and Canadian Heritage portfolio organizations, will help ensure recovery and growth. 

The Recovery Fund for Arts, Culture, Heritage and Sport Sectors will provide $300 million over two years. It includes two streams: Reinforcing Recovery Foundations and Investing in the Recovery.

The Reopening Fund will provide $200 million over two years through existing programs to support Canada’s festivals, cultural events, outdoor theatre performances, heritage celebrations, local museums, amateur sport events, and more. It will be delivered by Canadian Heritage, the Canada Council for the Arts and Telefilm Canada.

As part of Budget 2021 funding for the arts, culture, heritage and sport sectors, the Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage, announced $41 million to support heritage organizations across Canada in 2021–22. This funding will be delivered through the Museums Assistance Program (MAP) and builds on the $53 million provided by the government as part of the COVID-19 Emergency Fund for Heritage Organizations in support to organizations with heritage collections.
  • Budget 2021 also committed a total of $34 million for 2021–22 to help Canada’s six national museums and the National Battlefields Commission
  • The Government of Canada is also investing $23 million over three years to help museums across the country digitize information and collections. This funding will be delivered through a new component of the MAP to support the development of original content such as educational materials, apps or other virtual activities aimed at enhancing the visitor’s experience in person and online. More details on the call for applications and eligibility criteria will be made available in the coming months.
  • The government continues to support the Young Canada Works (YCW) Heritage program. To address the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, $12 million in supplementary recovery funds will be made available in 2021–22 to help create 1,240 additional jobs and internships.
Read the news release about the Recovery and Reopening funds HERE
Read the news release about additional YCW funding HERE.
MHSTCI on CMOG Applications in TPON:

"We are aware of museums experiencing difficulty and the ministry team has been responding to concerns as quickly as possible. Here is the response we have been providing to applicants:
If you have attempted to submit your CMOG application in TPON by the deadline and are prevented from doing so by technical issues, we will accept the submission as long as it has been attempted before 5pm on June 30. We will follow up with you after the deadline if anything further is required.  We also suggest that you email TPON client care for assistance at TPONCC@ontario.ca, and copy the CMOG email address at CMOG-SFMC@ontario.ca, so we know you are working on it.  Please retain the TPON ticket number you are issued."
Ontario Trillium Foundation Funding

Community Building Fund - Capital Stream
  • Applications are available starting September 1, 2021
  • Application deadline is September 29, 2021 at 5 PM ET
  • Information about the application, eligibility requirements, application coaching and information sessions will be available soon

 Learn more HERE.

Resilient Communities Fund
  • Applications are available starting November 10, 2021
  • Application deadline is December 8, 2021 at 5 PM ET

 Learn more about the HERE.


Canada Community Revitalization Fund (CCRF)

Deadline: July 23, 2021

The Canada Community Revitalization Fund (CCRF) aims to help communities across Canada build and improve community infrastructure projects so they can rebound from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. In southern Ontario, FedDev Ontario is delivering CCRF funding to local organizations. With a national investment of $500 million over two years, the fund will support not-for-profit organizations, municipalities and other community groups, as well as Indigenous communities to:

  • build new community infrastructure and revitalize existing assets;
  • bring people back to public spaces safely as health measures ease; and
  • create jobs and stimulate local economies.

Who can apply? 

  • not-for-profit organizations or charities;
  • any municipal or regional government, or bodies providing infrastructure services to communities (e.g., municipalities, rural communities, local service districts, public-sector bodies); and
  • Indigenous-led not-for-profits and organizations.

What activities are supported?
The CCRF will provide support to:

  1. adapt community spaces and assets so that they may be used safely in accordance with local public-health guidelines; and
  2. build or improve community infrastructure to encourage Canadians to re-engage in and explore their communities and regions.


To learn more and apply, please visit FedDev Ontario’s CCRF webpage and consult the Application Guide. Applicants that have projects ready to proceed are strongly encouraged to submit their applications by July 23, 2021. Should there be remaining funding after the scheduled intake period, applications will continue to be accepted and funded on a continuous intake basis over the next two years or until such a time as the allocated funding is fully distributed.

FedDev Ontario staff will also be hosting technical briefings on the CCRF through Zoom over the next few weeks. Those who are interested may register via one of the following links:

Read more HERE.

Cultural Resilience:
Using Innovation to Stabilize in Times of Crisis 


Share your story of cultural resilience, and have it amplified! Many members of the Canadian arts and heritage community have shown incredible creativity and adaptability in responding to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. Hill Strategies is currently collecting stories of resilience and innovation during the COVID-19 pandemic for Cultural Resilience: Using Innovation to Stabilize in Times of Crisis, a research-action initiative from the Creative City Network of Canada in partnership with the Cultural Human Resources Council and Les Arts et la Ville. Stories submitted at www.culturalresilience.ca will be listed and amplified for at least one year (from August 2021 to August 2022). Some stories will be investigated further and profiled online and in subsequent training programs.

Submit HERE.

TIAO Survey Findings
Reopening and Recovery Challenges

The results of the survey show a worsening picture of financial health affecting business capacity to reopen and prospects for long-term recovery:  

  • 9 out of 10 of tourism businesses reported experiencing a revenue decline due to COVID-19, with two-thirds of these businesses seeing revenue declines of more than 90%—a two-fold increase since March 2021 
  • 77% of tourism businesses have taken on debt to remain afloat—a 9-point increase from March 2021 
  • Almost half of all businesses cannot hire staff because they are not generating enough revenue.   
  • 77% of tourism businesses accessing government aid programs would have shut down without them 
  • With no changes in current levels of government support, financing, or sales, 3 in 10 businesses may be at risk of closure by the end of September

View the report HERE.

Travel Intentions & Motivators
Research Webinar

Free webinar
July 14, 2021
1:00-2:00pm Presentation
2:00-2:30 Q&A

Destination Ontario is pleased to present the next webinar: Travel Intentions & Motivators Research Findings. Learn about consumer motivators and understand behaviour of consumer segments that are planning to travel within Ontario. The research findings include the “travel within Ontario” market and summary of the characteristics of Ontario’s highest revenue-generating segments.

Join expert Nancy Dahl, Forum’s Senior Research Consultant, to learn about Ontarian’s travel plans. The research findings are recommended for content, research and marketing specialists to develop content, marketing positioning, etc. A copy of the report will be shared after the webinar.

Register HERE.
Upcoming Funding Deadlines
In the Media
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Textile Museum Of Canada and Toronto Biennial Of Art Present Inuit Art Exhibition
Science North premieres new exhibition on National Indigenous Peoples Day
Kingston’s Museum of Health Care looking for pandemic-related items
Sandwich church closer to establishing Underground Railroad museum
Brockville Museum returns 109 year-old Brockville-made Atlas to the Canadian Automotive Museum in Oshawa
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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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