Ontario 2020 Budget to be Released November 5

Oct 29, 2020
Need to Know
Ontario to Release 2020 Provincial Budget
on November 5

The Ontario government will release its 2020 Budget on Thursday, November 5, 2020. It will focus on protecting the health and safety of the people during the COVID-19 pandemic, providing much-needed supports to families, workers, and employers, and laying the foundation for future growth, renewal and economic recovery. 

Read more HERE.
OMA's Recommendations
for Funding in Ontario's Fall Budget 2020

On September 25, OMA ED Marie Lalonde joined other stakeholders in presenting at a Fall 2020 Budget Consultation to Minister of Finance Rod Phillips, Minister MacLeod, and Finance PA MPP Stan Cho. Building on the OMA's previous recommendations as member of Minister MacLeod's Festivals, Events, and Local Community Attractions Panel, and two presentations to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs on both Tourism and Culture, the OMA brings forward three recommendations for Ontario's Fall 2020 Budget: 

1. An Ontario Museum Relief Fund of $8.5million
2. A Digital Response Fund of $10million over three years, and a 
3. A Renewed Funding Model of operating funding to a total of $15million annually

Read the full 500-word submission HERE.  

Support the OMA's Budget Submission by engaging your MPP:
CMS: Organization & Management of Museums Registration Opens November 4, 2020

Course: Organization & Management of Museums
Dates: January 11 - March 21, 2021
Format: Online
Course Director: Joan Kangian, CEO, Western Development Museum

Participants will acquire an understanding of the objectives of museum and gallery management and how to apply these to the administration of museums and galleries in Canada. Course participants will develop skills required for effective museum and gallery management.

To read more and register, click HERE

To learn more about the Certificate in Museum Studies Program, click HERE

Questions? Email pd@museumsontario.ca.

Museums for Me
Public Engagement Campaign

The Ontario Museum Association is part of a consortium of museum associations from across Canada partnered in Museums for Me – a project engaging Canadians on the meaning and value they see in museums. It’s an important time to focus on what Canadians value in the work we do, and we’re asking our members to help encourage participation.

Learn more about the engagement HERE.

Read more from the Meaghan Patterson of the Alberta Museums Association HERE.

OMA Annual Conference 2020
Thank You to Our Partners and Exhibitors

The OMA extends our gratitude to our Partners and Exhibiors for this year's Annual Conference. Check out the Virtual Tradeshow at #OMAConf2020 to see everything our Partners and Exhibitors have to offer!
Partner & Exhibitor


Argus is Lucidea’s web-based, highly configurable collections management system that satisfies diverse curatorial and visitor engagement requirements, ensuring collections are accessible, visible and relevant.

Purpose built for museum staff wishing to create and maintain their own systems without relying on IT or developers, Argus goes well beyond traditional collections management. Deliver virtual access (all browsers, all devices) to objects and exhibits via a web portal, and provide in-depth documentation—delivering content in context. Leverage efficient workflows designed to maximize productivity.

Argus is built on sustainable, cutting edge technology to remain relevant as your collection and requirements grow. Offer the absorbing and inspiring experience visitors deserve. With Argus, Lucidea delivers unrivaled collections management to museums of all sizes and budgets.
Royal Ontario Museum
Partner & Exhibitor

Opened in 1914, the Royal Ontario Museum showcases art, culture and nature from around the world and across the ages. Among the top 10 cultural institutions in North America, Canada’s largest and most comprehensive museum is home to a world-class collection of 13 million art objects and natural history specimens, featured in 40 gallery and exhibition spaces. As the country’s preeminent field research institute and an international leader in new and original findings, the ROM plays a vital role in advancing our understanding of the artistic, cultural and natural world. Combining its original heritage architecture with the contemporary Daniel Libeskind-designed Michael Lee-Chin Crystal, the ROM serves as a national landmark, and a dynamic cultural destination in the heart of Toronto for all to enjoy.

ROM - Egyptian Mummies: Ancient Lives New - Discoveries
Friends of the Ermatinger Clergue
National Historic Site

Partner & Exhibitor

The mission of the Friends of the Ermatinger Clergue National Historic Site, is to promote, fundraise, and advocate for the continued preservation of local heritage.

Read more HERE.
Hunter Expositions
Partner & Exhibitor

Hunter Expositions is proud to represent MBA Design & Display Products in Canada for more than a decade.

MBA Design and Display Products Corp. has literally set the standard for quality when it comes to demountable wall solutions for galleries and museums. Our Mila-wall® system is best in class for displaying artwork and exhibits. Our client list boasts the top art galleries in the world, the largest art shows on the planet and the highest rated museums and exhibitions across the globe.

Mila-wall® is a name that has earned a reputation for being one of the highest quality wall systems available in the museum, art gallery and exhibit communities. Our attention to quality, flexibility, and functionality make our client list a who's who in the art and exhibit world. Please contact us today to request some additional pictures or references to learn more about our system.

20 Panel Demonstration Video
Armstrong Fine Art Services

Armstrong Fine Art Services offers a complete suite of professional transportation and logistic support services designed to exceed the highest museum and gallery standards in the world. Our facility offers secure, climate controlled storage and, an onsite viewing room to display works for the purpose of appraisal, inspection, restoration, digitization and auctions.
Carr McLean

Proudly Canadian owned and operated, we have been sourcing and supplying Museum and Archival products to Customers across Canada and around the world for more than 50 years.

View Carr MacLean's Online Catalogue HERE.

Spark the imagination of your visitors with Ingenium's engaging and creative travelling exhibitions! Together, let's ignite ingenuity.

Learn more about Ingenium's travelling exhibitions HERE.
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