ONmuseums: Young Canada Works Open for 2020/2021

Dec 12, 2019
In this Issue:
Missed an ONmuseums?
We updated the security settings for our email service and have heard that some ONmuseums may have gone into spam folders.
Please check your spam folder for our last two editions (Nov. 28 and Dec. 5). 

If you’re ever looking for previous editions, ONmuseums is archived as a resource on our website HERE. 
Jump to Young Canada Works
Need to Know
TODS Signs Survey
Deadline: December 15, 2019
The OMA is collecting feedback on the TODS program and whether museums are able to participate fully in the program at prices invoiced for 2020.

Read more on the OMA website HERE.

Take the six-question Survey HERE.

Provide your feedback on TODS HERE
2019-2020 CMOG Grants
Members reported having received this year’s Community Museum Operating Grants earlier this week. While we understand that there may have been challenges with the migration of Grants Ontario to the new Transfer Payments Ontario portal, delays were significant and may impact planned programs and services offered by museums. 

We know that CMOG-funded museums are assets to their communities, and this vital funding supports their work as tourism destinations and as stewards of our province’s material heritage.

The Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries, especially through the CMOG grant, is a key supporter of Ontario’s museums. We encourage a timely delivery of operating funding grants.

The OMA welcomes any comments about the CMOG application and granting process. Please reach out to mlalonde@museumsontario.ca.
Updates to Foreign Cultural Objects Immunity from Seizure Act
The provincial government has passed legislation for a new Foreign Cultural Objects Immunity from Seizure Act (FCOISA) to streamline the administrative process for cultural institutions in Ontario for cultural object loans for exhibits.

This legislation aims to create an efficient and transparent process whereby institutions would be designated and need to apply only once for immunity from seizure as opposed to applying on an exhibition-by-exhibition basis.

The new legislation was passed as part of the government’s Better for People, Smarter for Business Act and can be seen in its entirety HERE.

The Ministry is planning to consult with Ontario’s cultural institutions on regulations under this new legislation and the application process to ensure the successful implementation of the new FCOISA legislation. Please note that the existing FCOISA process is still in effect until the new regulations are developed and approved.
Provincial News
Community Exhibits Program Applications
Deadline: December 13, 2019
Ontario’s Legislative Assembly is once again accepting applications for the Community Exhibits Program, which is an opportunity for Ontario’s cultural organizations to showcase their treasures and stories for the thousands of visitors to the west wing gallery. 

Read more HERE. 

Complete the application HERE. 

For more information, contact 416-325-8094 or pppr@ola.org.
Consultations for Budget 2020

Ahead of Ontario’s 2020 Budget, the provincial government has launched a consultation process. The timing and process for in-person consultations have not yet been released, but written and online submissions are now being accepted.
Read more HERE.
Ontario Trillium Foundation representative Sylvia Thompson-Nicholson (left), Museum On Tower Hill manager/curator Nadine Hammond and Parry Sound-Muskoka MPP Norm Miller check out the new display cases at the museum, part of an overall renovation project for the E. Roy Smith Gallery- West Parry Sound District Museum
West Parry Sound District Museum greets
MPP Norm Miller

The West Parry Sound District Museum (aka “The Museum on Tower Hill”) welcomed Parry Sound—Muskoka MPP Norm Miller to a preview of new elements in their gallery space. Thanks to a $13,100 capital grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the Museum was able to purchase two new display cases and lighting. 

Read more HERE.

The OMA can assist you in inviting and welcoming MPPs to your museum! Reach out to community@museumsontario.ca for more information.
Schneider Haus National Historic Site- Blair Adams/KitchenerToday
Schneider Haus receives funding for senior outreach

Schneider Haus National Historic site, in partnership with the Region of Waterloo Library, received $5,086 in funding to support the Making Connections program of senior outreach in four rural townships. The grant was awarded by the Ministry for Seniors and Accessibility through the Seniors Community Grant Program. Outreach programs that reduce social isolation can support the health of Ontario’s older adults. 

Read more HERE.

OMA Initiatives
Museum Impact Survey

With thanks to the museum sector for their contributions, some highlights from the Museum Impact Survey were presented at the OMA Annual Conference 2019 in Brantford on October 23rd.

We learned even more about the wide variety of the work Ontario’s museums do and what impacts they have in their communities.
Some highlighted statistics:
  • 96% of museums describe themselves as a community museum
  • 70% of reported collections include Indigenous objects
  • 17 non-official languages are represented in museum content
  • 60% of respondents have at least one building more than 100 years old

Access the webcast HERE.
1. Click 'Archives' in the top left corner. 
2. Select the Conference 2019 and "Museum Impact Survey and Modernizing Community Museum Funding Working Group"! 

Read a .PDF of the slides HERE.

Data Collection: It's Not Too Late!
Ontario's Regional Museum Networks (RMNs) have been working with the OMA to collect submitted applications to this year's Community Museum Operating Grant (CMOG), to be able to identify the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats in the sector. 

Thank you to all who have submitted!

It's not too late to share your application! Please send a copy to the OMA (community@museumsontario.cacopying your Regional Museum Network representative. 

Read more about RMNs HERE. 

Happy Holidays from the OMA!

Thank you to all our members for a productive 2019! We wish you all a wonderful holiday season.

Please note that the OMA office will be closed from December 23rd, 2019 to January 3rd, 2020.
Out-of-Province News
Young Canada Works 2020/2021 Campaign Open
Young Canada Works is now accepting employer applications. The following three organizations provide YCW internship funding:
  • Canadian Museums Association 
  • National Trust for Canada
  • Cultural Human Resources Council
  • Conseil de la coopération de l'Ontario
  • Canadian Council of Archives (Read more HERE)

1. YCW In Heritage Organizations (Summer 2020 jobs for students)

  • Canadian Museums Association, and
  • National Trust for Canada
    • Deadline January 15, 2020

2. YCW Building Careers in Heritage (internships for graduates)

  • Canadian Museums Association, and
  • National Trust for Canada
    • Deadline: March 1, 2020
  • Cultural Human Resources Council
    • Deadline: January 31, 2020

3. YCW In Both Official Languages (Summer 2020 jobs for students)

  • Conseil de la coopération de l'Ontario
    • Deadline February 1, 2020

Read more HERE.

Call for Peer Reviewers

The Canadian Museums Association is seeking volunteer peer reviewers to evaluate Young Canada Works project proposals remotely and provide funding recommendations. Participation is open to current or past applicants to YCW programs.

Read more HERE
Funding for Small Museums:
Virtual Museum of Canada
Community Stories
Proposals due February 5, 2020

Small community museums or heritage organizations could receive an investment of $15,000 to share their story online as a virtual exhibit.  

Read more HERE. 

See examples of the Community Stories initiative HERE. 

ICOM International Museum Day 2020
May 18, 2020

With the theme “Museums for Equality: Diversity and Inclusion”, International Museum Day 2020 will celebrate the diversity of perspectives that make up the museum community, and champion tools for identifying and overcoming bias in what they display and the stories they tell.

Stay tuned for information regarding the OMA's plans to celebrate in the new year.

Read more about ICOM's initiative HERE.

Upcoming OMA Dates

January 13, 2020: Start date for CMS: Organization & Management of Museums (Online) 

February 3, 2020: Start date for CMS: Care of Collections (Online)
* CMS: Artifacts is a prerequisite (Log into your Individual account and click on My Courses to register)

February 5, 2020: CCI Workshop: Mount Making (Oakville)(Email pd@museumsontario.ca to add your name to the waiting list)
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. 

Ontario Museum Association
Monday-Friday, 9:00am - 5:00pm
Toll-free in ON: 1-866-662-8672
Phone: 416-348-8672
Fax: 416-348-0438