ONmuseums: Making it Work During COVID-19

Mar 26, 2020
    COVID-19: Newly Added Resources on: 
    Ontario 2020 Economic and Fiscal Update
    On March 25, Ontario's Minister of Finance Rod Phillips announced the release of Ontario’s Action Plan: Responding to COVID‑19, the government's March 2020 Economic and Fiscal Update.

    Relevant items include:
    • deferring the upcoming June 30 quarterly municipal remittance of education property tax to school boards by 90 days, which will provide municipalities the flexibility to, in turn, provide property tax deferrals to residents and businesses
    • allowing employers to defer Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) payments for up to six months
    • a proposed temporary increase to the Employer Health Tax (EHT) exemption

    Read the News Release HERE

    Read the full Update HERE

    We look forward to providing more information at a later time. 

    OMA Resources

    Caution! Scams During COVID-19

    Members have alerted the OMA of increased numbers of unsolicited calls and emails offering "grant services" and "charitable funder directories." During the current uncertainty, scammers may be targeting not-for-profits. We encourage members to use due diligence to investigate any services offered, and to exercise caution opening and responding to emails. 

    Jones DesLauriers Insurance Management Inc. has a "Be Smart. Be Safe." Cyber Tips Sheet HERE

    Consumer Protection Ontario has a webpage that includes examples of common scams HERE.

    More COVID-19 resources can be found on the OMA website HERE.

    Awards of Excellence Nominations Now Open!
    Nomination Deadline: Friday, May 22, 2020, 11:59 pm

    From emerging to established professionals, Ontario has a talented community of museum workers. During this time of working from home, consider individuals who have been great leaders, have distinguished careers, and have dedicated their time to volunteer service. Celebrate their commitment by nominating a colleague so they get the recognition they deserve!
    For more information about the individual and project award categories, click HERE.

    External Resources
    Webinar - Working Remotely: Lessons from the Tamarack Team
    March 26, 2020
    1 pm - 2 pm

    The Tamarack team has been working remotely for the past seven years. When the organization decided to close our main office, we looked upon this as an opportunity to better serve our members who live and work in communities across Canada, the US and in fact, the globe. Since becoming a remote organization, we have learned a lot about what it takes to provide our staff team with the tools, resources and technology to thrive in a remote work environment.

    Join, Paul, Liz and members of the Tamarack team as they reflect on working remotely and how this approach can work effectively, as long as you pay attention to connection and culture.

    Read more and register HERE.

    Resources for Mental Health
    Canadian Mental Health Association - COVID-19 and mental health HERE
    Centre for Addiction and Mental Health - Mental Health and the COVID-19 Pandemic HERE
    HR, Accounting, and Financial Tip Sheets

    The following resources have been provided by Young Associates:
    • Evaluating COVID Impact - Approaches to Quantifying Losses HERE
    • Evaluating COVID Impact - Effective Bookkeeping Practices HERE
    • Tips for Working Remotely - Accounting Processes & Documentation HERE
    • Tips for Working Remotely - Managing Payables HERE
    Resources from Canada Helps To Help You Fundraise During Uncertain Times

    With the rapid rise of the coronavirus pandemic, prescribed social distancing, and the associated economic impacts, it can be difficult to know how to best move forward. Many charities have cancelled their Spring and Summer events, are unsure if they should share their next annual appeal, and are unclear about the best way to proceed. Canada Helps has created some fundraising resources to help Canadian organizations during this time.

    To access a recording of their webinar "Fundraising in Uncertain Times," click HERE.
    To join the Canadian Charities Connect Facebook group, click HERE.
    To read their blog post "Options For Your Scheduled Fundraising Event," click HERE.
    To read the online article " 7 Creative Virtual Fundraising Ideas You Can Use To Replace Your Cancelled Event," click HERE.

    How to find out if your business qualifies for the COVID-19 wage subsidy

    There is new information available to business owners on the federal government's proposed temporary wage subsidy that is part of the economic response plan to counter Canadians' financial hardships due to COVID-19.

    The Canada Revenue Agency has now released a more detailed breakdown of who is eligible and how the subsidy will be implemented.

    Read more from the CBC HERE.

    New England Museum Association (NEMA) Webinars - Craft Your Career!

    The New England Museum Association (NEMA) has an acclaimed set of spring/summer workshops to provide you with in-depth learning opportunities that restock your career toolbox and increase your productivity.

    Upcoming Webinars Include:
    • 10 on 10: Women in the Workforce (March 31, 2020)
    • Creativity Against Cabin Fever (April 2, 2020)
    • Museum Mindfulness & Self Care (April 7, 2020)
    • Working with Children When We Re-Open (April 8, 2020)
    To watch the recordings of past webinars or register for future webinars, click HERE.
    Webinar: Creative Ways to Make Deadlines While Collaborating From Home
    Recorded March 24, 2020

    Hear from a panel of experienced development professionals who've been tasked with managing projects, developing exhibits and programs, and making deadlines while working from remote offices. Presenters shared tips for conducting great meetings, ideas for brainstorming virtually, how to move a project forward that is in mid-process, and reviews of software they've used to support the effort.

    Watch the webinar and view the accompanying slide deck HERE.

    As COVID-19 has been declared a global pandemic, the OMA has collected the resources above to assist members in more comprehensive preparations. These resources are not to be taken as legal advice or a definitive answer for any particular museum, but rather as a guide for preparedness for the field. We encourage members to consult relevant policies & legislation.

    The health and safety of our visitors, communities, and staff are a priority for our institutions. The OMA encourages all to exercise caution and act in alignment with the recommendations of public health and government authorities. 
    OMA Job Board
    Museum of Health Care at Kingston
    Full-Time Permanent Position

    The Museum of Health Care at Kingston is currently seeking a Curator. The Museum Curator has overall responsibility for planning, organizing, and supervising the activities and personnel of the Curatorial Department of the Museum of Health Care (MHC).

    Deadline: March 27, 2020, 5 pm

    Read more and apply HERE.

    Educational Program Instructor
    The City of Markham, Markham Museum
    Temporary Part-Time Position

    Under the direction of the Program Coordinator, the Educational Program Instructor is responsible for leading groups at the Museum or as part of outreach programs through exploration-based, hands-on history and science education programs for multiple audiences ranging from preschool to older adults. 

    Deadline: March 29, 2020

    Read more and apply HERE.

    Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO)
    Permanent Full-Time Position

    The AGO is currently searching for a highly knowledgeable, experienced, and collaborative AGO Archivist to apply professional archival principles, concepts, techniques, and methodology to appraising, processing, arranging, preserving, describing, and preparing for storage, archival records in all media. The successful candidate will provide reference service and will serve as the point of access to AGO Archives and Special Collections for employees and the public. 

    Deadline: April 3, 2020

    Read more and apply HERE.

    Professor, Cultural Heritage Conservation and Management Program
    Fleming College
    Academic Full-Time Position

    In this role, you will work in a team environment and develop/deliver curriculum using a variety of teaching methodologies which may include lectures, seminars, labs, applied, hands on, immersion and experience based learning, computer simulation, online learning or other innovative delivery methods.

    Deadline: April 9, 2020

    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!
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