Ontario Pauses Exit from the Roadmap to Reopen

Aug 19, 2021
Need to Know
Ontario's Not-for-Profit Corporations Act (ONCA)
Legislation comes into force October 19, 2021

Ontario's Not-for-Profit Corporations Act, 2010, (ONCA) will come into force on October 19, 2021. The ONCA provide a modern legislative framework for Ontario’s not-for-profit corporations. The legislation will significantly reduce the bureaucratic burden on not-for-profit corporations, moving from paper-based filings to digital services and providing them with enhanced flexibility. For the first time ever, Ontario not-for-profit corporations will be able to access an online government system for registrations and filings, saving them time and reducing duplication of paperwork. Features like pre-defined text will help users move along error-free and reduce legal costs.

There will be a 3-year transition period once ONCA is in force to make any necessary changes to governing documents.

Read the News Release HERE.

The OMA looks forward to providing resources and professional development opportunities to assist Ontario's museums in their transition to compliance with the ONCA, and will work with ONN (Ontario Nonprofit Network), active on the ONCA. 

Ontario Pauses Exit from Roadmap to Reopen
Ontario also Makes COVID-19 Vaccination Policies
Mandatory for High-Risk Settings
Out of an abundance of caution the government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, is pausing the exit from the Roadmap to Reopen. The Chief Medical Officer of Health and other health experts will continue to monitor the data to determine when it is safe to exit the Roadmap and lift the majority of public health and workplace safety measures currently in place.

To protect vulnerable patients and staff in settings where the risk of contracting and transmitting COVID-19 and the Delta variant is higher, the Chief Medical Officer of Health has also issued a directive mandating hospitals and home and community care service providers to have a COVID-19 vaccination policy for employees, staff, contractors, students and volunteers, and for ambulance services to have a COVID-19 vaccination policy for paramedics. The vaccination policy must be effective no later than September 7, 2021, and at a minimum will require these individuals to provide proof of one of three things:
  • Full vaccination against COVID-19;
  • A medical reason for not being vaccinated against COVID-19; or
  • Completion of a COVID-19 vaccination educational session.
Individuals who do not provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 will be required to undertake regular antigen testing. These settings will be required to track and report on the implementation of their policies to the provincial government. This is similar to the vaccination policy requirements currently in place for long-term care homes.

Read the News Release HERE. 

The OMA will provide additional information as available. 
Canada Federal Election Advocacy 2021

Canadians will be headed to the polls for a Federal Election on September 20, 2021. 

The OMA is working with our provincial and national counterparts to coordinate advocacy efforts, priorities, and messaging for the federal election.

We want to hear your thoughts, concerns, and priorities regarding the needs of museums, especially in the context of pandemic recovery,  to help support our efforts. If you have advocacy suggestions for the federal election, please contact Christopher Shackleton at community@museumsontario.ca or 416-348-8672. 

We look forward to hearing from you!

Reminder: The 2021 Government of Canada
Survey of Heritage Institutions is here!
How has your heritage organization or site been
impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic?

Canadian Heritage sent out the survey the week of August 2nd via email. The survey is limited to not-for-profit heritage institutions, which includes museums, art galleries, archives, historic sites, zoos and botanical gardens.

If you have not received the survey, but would like to be added to Canadian Heritage’s survey list, please kindly fill in your name and email address using the link below.

For more information about the survey, please email the Department of Canadian Heritage at PCH.infoegcep-gcshiinfo.PCH@canada.ca or telephone 343-548-9144.
2021 Survey of Heritage Institutions
Reminder: Deadline for in-person Culture Days events and programs
Deadline: September 7, 2021

The deadline for registering in-person Culture Days events and programs is Tuesday, September 7 at 11:59pm ET.

Note: digital events can be registered right up until the start of Culture Days.

Register your events HERE.
OMA Professional Development
Certificate in Museum Studies Revision
Survey: We want to hear from you!
Deadline: September 3rd, 2021

The OMA is undertaking a revision of its Certificate in Museum Studies (CMS), with consulting team Nordicity in association with Pure & Applied. As part of this process, we want to hear from you!
Please click here to access the survey.
This survey will help us to shape the CMS curriculum to respond to the current needs of the sector and incorporate contemporary practices in museology.
Rest assured that all survey responses collected as part of this study will be held confidentially by Nordicity on secure, Canadian-based servers. Individual responses will never be shared with the Ontario Museum Association or anyone else.
If you have any questions regarding the content of the survey or require any accommodation to complete the survey please contact Megan Lynch, Senior Consultant, Nordicity at mlynch@nordicity.com. The survey questionnaire should take between 10-15 minutes to complete and be sure to finish your response before Friday, September 3rd.
Thank you in advance for your contribution to this revision process!
Complete the Survey
Upcoming Webinar with Overlap Associates:
An Introduction to Human-Centred Design
& Creative Problem Solving

Save the Date!     August 31, 2021
Webinar Recording Available:
Reopening Museums Safely
Presented with
the Public Services Health and Safety Association

On Thursday August 12, the OMA hosted a webinar, "Reopening Museums Safely", with Consultants Rob Oliver and Janice Gallant of the Public Services Health and Safety Association

The webinar recording is now available online HERE.

Download Rob and Janice's presentation slides HERE. 

Download a template Workplace Safety Plan HERE.
An Opportunity to Recognize our
Esteemed Colleagues

Deadline for submissions: Friday, October 17, 2021

Is there someone at your organization who has retired (or will retire) between November 2020 and October 2021?

Two years ago the OMA started a new tradition of recognizing our colleagues who have retired in the past year at the annual OMA Awards Gala. This year’s awards rollout will look a little different, but we look forward to continuing the tradition!

Share the following information with us so that we can honour the contributions that these individuals have made to our dynamic sector.
  1. Name
  2. Organization
  3. Title
  4. Retirement date
  5. Photo
  6. How long they worked in museums and/or at the organization from which they retired
  7. Some other interesting fact or anecdote about what they achieved in their career
Send submissions to pd@museumsontario.ca
Deadline for submissions: Friday, October 17, 2021

  • Submissions are welcome to recognize retirees in any role at an organization.
  • If the announcement of retirees takes place at a live online event, Retirees do not need to be present at the online event to be recognized.
Upcoming OMA Dates
August 31, 10am: Webinar with Overlap Associates: An Introduction to Human-Centred Design & Creative Problem Solving. Save the date!

September 3: Deadline: Certificate in Museum Studies Revision Survey. Complete the Survey HERE.

September 20: Start date: CMS: Collections Management. Read more HERE.

September 27: Start date: CMS: Museums & the Community. Read more HERE.

October 17: Deadline: An Opportunity to Recognize our Esteemed Colleagues
Send submissions of retirees' names to pd@museumsontario.ca
Other PD Opportunities
Webinar: Workplace Mental Health- Is Your Nonprofit Ready for Post-COVID Challenges? 
Charity Village

Free Webinar
Today! Thursday, August 19, 2021
1pm ET

What post Covid-19 life will look like remains speculative. Will there be a long-term impact on health and wellbeing, social relations, and work life?  After more than a year of living under restrictions, people have struggled with uncertainty, anxiety, and depression, while also discovering new joys and opportunities for growth. Organizations have likewise responded to changing work conditions in different ways, some for the better and some not so well. In this webinar, we will discuss how you and your organization can meet the post-COVID challenge by using your pandemic learnings to evaluate change and develop strategies to find a new path forward.

Read more and register HERE.
Webinar: Bursting the Bubble- Mastering Messaging as the Pandemic Shifts
with Culture Days Manitoba

Tuesday August 24, 2021
2pm ET

Is it over yet? We hope so, but let's chat about how to promote safe, entertaining events as the pandemic shifts. Venues are opening up again and artists are beginning to reach out to audiences with invitations to in-person programming. The question is, what is the best way to message audiences as things are changing? Culture Days Manitoba and the national Culture Days office are partnering to tackle this unique situation.

Read more and register HERE.
Webinar: How to Become a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) 
Charity Village

Free Webinar
Thursday, September 9, 2021
1pm ET

Speaker: Ashley Gatewood, Communications and Marketing Director at CFRE International

Currently, over 1,100 fundraising professionals in Canada are Certified Fund Raising Executives (CFRE).

Don’t miss this session if you want to learn how to get started with becoming a CFRE so you can begin enjoying the trove of benefits that come with certification, including higher salaries and greater job opportunities.

This session will provide you with an overview of the CFRE credential – what it is, how to get started, eligibility requirements, filling out the application, cost, and more.

Read more and register HERE. 

Webinar: Reducing Environmental Impacts of Collections Care and Management
Foundation for Advancement in Conservation

Tuesday, September 14, 2021
1:00-2:30pm ET

People who protect and care for collections are often concerned about the negative impacts of their work on the environment and climate. Fortunately there are resources and practices that augment what you likely already do to limit waste and save money. And there is social science research to guide us in understanding how to adapt behaviors while remaining positive. We’ll explore a variety of approaches that you can take as an individual to ‘green’ your work, AND we’ll consider steps to take to encourage your institution and your peers to join you in making these shifts. You will learn to know when a green practice is good to try now or better to try later. You’ll leave having created a personalized list of options, tools, and tricks to help you start incorporating approaches on your own. 

Read more and register HERE.
Support Ontario’s Museums: Donate Now!
As museums across Ontario face the challenges of reopening safely and renewing relationships with your communities, the OMA is here for you. The OMA successfully advocated for federal emergency support funding through the Museums Assistance Program, the early and streamlined release of Community Museum Operating Grant (CMOG) funds in 2020 and 2021, and for an additional $2 million to support digital activities during pandemic closures. Your support, participation, and membership make our work possible.

Representing the interests of over 700 museums, galleries, and heritage sites across the province, the OMA offers regular webinars and professional development opportunities and resources for pandemic recovery. An OMA membership connects you with our network of over 1000 members, provides you with the tools and resources that support your professional practice, and keeps you informed of breaking news about funding opportunities and policy changes via the ONmuseums weekly newsletter and timely eNews alerts.

If you are already an OMA member, thank you! Please renew your membership when you receive an email reminder.

If you are not yet a member, please consider an individual, institutional, or commercial membership for yourself, your colleagues, or your institution. You can find information about member categories and benefits on our website.

You can make a donation to the OMA on our website or through Canada Helps. Every contribution adds to the collective strength of our sector. You can help us build a more resilient museum sector. Thank you for your support!
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