ONmuseums: MAP Guidelines & Conservation Authority Museums

Sep 12, 2019
In this Issue:
Need to Know
 Changes to Conservation Authority
Operations May Affect Museums
Following the passing of Bill 108- the More Homes, More Choice Act, 2019, the Honourable Jeff Yurek, Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks wrote a letter to Ontario’s 36 conservation authorities informing them that "changes will require conservation authorities to re-focus their efforts on the delivery of programs and services related to their core mandates." 

2% of Ontario’s museums are governed by conservation authorities, including sites like Black Creek Pioneer Village, Westfield Heritage Village, and the R. Tait McKenzie Museum. 

In a statement to CBC Ottawa regarding the operations of the R. Tait McKenzie Museum in Almonte, Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks Press Secretary Andrew Buttigieg said the Bill 108 "clearly specifies" that municipalities "have the option to enter into transparent and public funding agreements with conservation authorities for non-core services, such as operating the R. Tait McKenzie museum."

Read the Letter from Minister Yurek HERE. 

Read more about the R. Tait McKenzie Museum from CBC Ottawa HERE

In the Media: 
Museums Assistance Program:
Guidelines Released

Deadline: November 1, 2019 

The guidelines for the Museums Assistance Program are now available for the deadline of November 1, 2019. Please contact the regional office for application forms for the component you are interested in, and to talk to a program officer at pch.ontario-ontario.pch@canada.ca

Read more HERE.
Les lignes directrices du Programme d'aide aux musées sont maintenant disponibles pour la date limite du 1er novembre 2019.
Veuillez contacter le bureau régional pour obtenir les formulaires de demande de financement pour le volet du programme qui vous intéresse et pour parler à un agent de programme à pch.ontario-ontario.pch@canada.ca

Revised Guidelines for the
Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program:
Community, Culture and Recreation Stream

Deadline: November 12, 2019 

Revised guidelines have been posted to Transfer Payment Ontario (formerly Grants Ontario) as of September 3rd. Please ensure that you have the updated version. A quick way to tell if you are working from the revised guidelines is to check the following:
The revised version states the following on page 9 section 5. (5.1).

  • 5. Project Submission Process
  • 5.1 Number of Project Submissions
    • Eligible applicants can apply for multiple projects.

Applicants are encouraged to reach out to a Regional Advisor or the ICIP Community, Culture and Recreation team at ICIPculture@ontario.ca or 1-888-222-0174 if they have questions or need clarification.

Read more HERE.

Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport
at OMA Conference

Don't miss out! The Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport (MTCS) will present an update on the Heritage and Museum Funding Programs review at the OMA Conference in Brantford, October 23-25, 2019.
Last Chance to Save! Fall Special Rate ends September 20th!
Register for Conference 
Provincial News
Photo by Christopher Wahl.
Ontario Arts Council Appoints Carolyn Vesely as New CEO

Carolyn Vesely, the Ontario Arts Council's current Director of Granting, will fill the role of CEO for the organization starting January 2, 2020. Ms. Vesely will succeed current Director & CEO Peter Caldwell, who has held the role for 8 years. 

Read more HERE. 
Three levels of government, project funders and donors were given a preview of the transformed Joseph Brant Museum.
Back row, L – R: Larry Waldron, Chair Joseph Brant Museum Board; Burlington MPP Jane McKenna; Museums of Burlington Executive Director, Barb Teatero; John Doyle, Chair of the Burlington Museums Foundation; The Honourable Karina Gould, MP for Burlington and Minister of Democratic Institutions; City of Burlington Mayor Marianne Meed Ward. Front row: Elder Garry Sault of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation.
Courtesy of the City of Burlington.
Courtesy of the City of Burlington. 
Museums of Burlington Celebrates the Opening of the Transformed Joseph Brant Museum
The $11 million project added 12,000 square feet to the museum's size, more than tripling its previous footprint. The City of Burlington hopes "this will allow the Joseph Brant Museum to become a cultural destination and a place to host national exhibitions and the collection of artifacts." After nearly two years of construction, the revitalized and expanded Joseph Brant Museum will open to the public on September 15th.

Read more HERE. 
Photo by Chris Jones/ Oshawa Express.
Canadian Automotive Museum welcomes MPPs to commemorate Raptors win

The Canadian Automotive Museum received a license plate to add to their wall of plates from the Assistant Minister of Transportation and MPP of Etobicoke Centre, Kinga Surma, along with Whitby MPP Lorne Coe. The plate says, “GOTEAM” with a Toronto Raptors logo to recognize the team’s 2019 NBA championship win.

Read more HERE. 
OMA Initiatives
Executive Director/ Curator of the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum and OMA Councillor Michael Rikley-Lancaster (pictured left) with the Mayor of Mississippi Mills Christa Lowry, who is holding a copy of Mississippi Mills' proclamation of May is Museum Month for 2019. 
OMA Executive Director Marie Lalonde (pictured left) and Tracie Taylor Labonté, Marketing & Communications Officer for the Ottawa Museum Network (right), welcomed City of Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson to the OMA booth.  
OMA at AMO Conference Trade Show

On August 18 and 19, the OMA was an exhibitor at the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) Trade Show in Ottawa. The OMA was joined by representatives from Ottawa-area museums and the Ottawa Museum Network to showcase the value of museums for communities across Ontario. The OMA met with councillors and mayors of several communities who proclaimed May is Museum Month in 2019, and encouraged them and others to do the same in 2020. 

Municipalities are one of the greatest supporters of Ontario’s smaller museums, and May is Museum Month is another great way for communities to support their museums. 

Download a bilingual flyer for May is Museum Month HERE.
Out-of-Province News
ICOM Postpones Vote on Museum Definition

After much discussion and debate, the Extraordinary General Assembly of ICOM voted to postpone the scheduled vote on a new museum definition on September 7th. With more than two-thirds of the Assembly voting for postponement, the decision comes after several national committees, including Canada's, voiced concern that the proposed definition had not incorporated their work. 

Read more from ICOM HERE. 

In the Media:
Canada Federal Election
October 21, 2019

Elections Canada has released a Guide to the Federal Election, which contains the information people need to register and vote.

Read more HERE
Webinar: Election Rules
September 18, 2019
12pm to 1pm

Ontario Nonprofit Network is helping charities and other organizations prepare for the October 21st 2019 Federal Election. This webinar highlights the rules surrounding elections and provides strategies for nonprofit advocacy. 

Register HERE

Upcoming OMA Dates

September 16: Deadline to register for Conference Connections (register HERE)

September 18: Deadline to book conference accommodations (register HERE)

October 2: CMA Bursary Deadline (read more HERE)

October 11: Deadline to mail postcards to Confessions of a Museum Professional (read more HERE)

October 23: OMA Pre-Conference Study Tours (register HERE)

October 24-25: OMA Annual Conference (register HERE)
For any questions or comments, please contact Marie Lalonde, Executive Director, (mlalonde@museumsontario.ca) and Christopher Shackleton
at community@museumsontario.ca or by phone at: 416-348-8672 or toll free, 1 866 662 8672. 

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