Ontario to Require Proof of Vaccination

Sep 02, 2021
Need to Know
Reopening Fund for Heritage Organizations
Now Accepting Applications
Deadline: October 20, 2021

The Department of Canadian Heritage is pleased to inform you that The Museums Assistance Program (MAP) is now accepting applications for assistance with ongoing operating costs through the Reopening Fund for Heritage Organizations.  This assistance will help heritage organizations that have felt the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic as they reopen and safely welcome back visitors. For full details on program eligibility and information on how to apply, please visit Reopening Fund for Heritage Organizations. Please review the Program Guidelines prior to submitting your application.

Not-for-profit organizations with a heritage collection, such as museums, archives, and historic sites, may be eligible to receive funding. Indigenous organizations with a heritage collection are also encouraged to apply. Organizations can receive between $1,000 and $100,000 in reopening support.

Applying for Funding:

Applications for the 2021 Reopening Fund for Heritage Organizations will be accepted through the new Canadian Heritage Funding Portal (CHFP). To proceed with your application, you must have completed the Applicant Profile section, which includes uploading the required documents.

Clients who submit an application will receive an automatic acknowledgement message confirming receipt of their submission. Remember to check your junk mail folder and contact them if necessary.

Their team is available to assist you with the new process from Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time). While the deadline to apply for funding is October 20, 2021, applicants are encouraged to apply early as funds are limited.

Please click HERE for more information. 
Please click HERE for tips and tricks for your MAP application. 
Please click HERE for a helpful infographic. 
For assistance, please contact:
Telephone: 1-866-811-0055
TTY (Teletype for the hearing impaired): 1-888-997-3123
Email: PCH.info-info.PCH@canada.ca
Ontario to Require Proof of Vaccination in Select Settings
Starting September 22, 2021

Office of the Premier: 

The government of Ontario, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, will require people to be fully vaccinated and provide proof of their vaccination status to access certain businesses and settings starting September 22, 2021. 

As of September 22, 2021, Ontarians will need to be fully vaccinated (two doses plus 14 days) and provide their proof of vaccination along with photo ID to access certain public settings and facilities.This approach focuses on higher-risk indoor public settings where face coverings cannot always be worn and includes:
  • Restaurants and bars (excluding outdoor patios, as well as delivery and takeout);
  • Nightclubs (including outdoor areas of the establishment);
  • Meeting and event spaces, such as banquet halls and conference/convention centres;
  • Facilities used for sports and fitness activities and personal fitness training, such as gyms, fitness and recreational facilities with the exception of youth recreational sport;
  • Sporting events;
  • Casinos, bingo halls and gaming establishments;
  • Concerts, music festivals, theatres and cinemas;
  • Strip clubs, bathhouses and sex clubs;
  • Racing venues (e.g., horse racing).

These mandatory requirements would not apply to outdoor settings where the risk of transmission is lower, including patios, with the exception of outdoor nightclub spaces given the risk associated with the setting. In addition, these requirements will not apply to settings where people receive medical care, food from grocery stores, medical supplies and the like. Aligned with public health measures currently in place, indoor masking policies will continue to remain in place.

To read the News Release, click HERE
To read "New Requirement for Proof of Vaccination in Certain Settings: Frequently Asked Questions", click HERE.

At the OMA
Certificate in Museum Studies Revision
Survey: We want to hear from you!
Deadline: Tomorrow - 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.

The survey questionnaire should take between 10-15 minutes to complete. Be sure to finish your response before tomorrow, Friday, September 3rd.
Thank you in advance for your contribution to this revision process!
Complete the Survey
Webinar Recording: An Introduction to Human-Centred Design & Creative Problem Solving with Overlap
Watch Rachel Hofstetter, Overlap Associates' Vice President and General Manager, discuss human-centred design and creative problem solving. Giving an overview of methods and processes, she provides helpful tips for you to start utilizing at your own institution. 

The webinar recording is now available online HERE

Visit the Overlap Associates website for resources HERE.

Download a template Empathy Map 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.
New and Renewing OMA Members
Art Gallery of Mississauga
Art Gallery of Sudbury
Aurora Museum & Archives
B3K Digital
Canadian Automotive Museum
Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre
Canadian Forces Museum of Aerospace Defence
Centre franco-ontarien de folklore
CFB Petawawa Military Museum & Canadian Airborne Forces Museum
City of Greater Sudbury Museums
City of Kingston Civic Museums, Cultural Services
Clarington Museums and Archives
Collingwood Museum

Curatorial Services, House of Commons
Dorset Heritage Museum
Fort Erie Museum Services
Huronia Museum & Huron Ouendat Village
Museoparc Vanier Museopark
Museum of Ontario Archaeology
Museum Strathroy-Caradoc
Muskoka Lakes Museum
Nipigon Historical Museum
Oshawa Museum
Port Dover Harbour Museum
Region of Waterloo Museums
Stratford Perth Museum
Woodstock Art Gallery
Sector News
Government of Canada Survey of Heritage Institutions
Survey offline temporarily due to the 2021 Federal Election

From the Department of Canadian Heritage:

As a result of the 2021 Federal Election, the Government of Canada Survey of Heritage Institutions will be offline temporarily. Thank you to all who have already submitted your responses. Your time and effort is greatly appreciated. Please know that responses will be retained and no further action is required on your part.

If you are currently in the process of completing the survey, your input will be saved, and you will be able to complete your response once the survey is back online.

For those who have not yet responded to the survey, but still wish to do so, the survey will be back online later this Fall.

Stay tuned for a new message to advise you when the survey is back online. Thank you for your patience.

CCI Facilities Assessment Services
Apply by October 15, 2021
Canadian Conservation Institute

The Canadian Conservation Institute has resumed Facility assessments. Please note that the delivery of Facility assessment services will depend on Covid-19 restrictions issued by local public health and by the Government of Canada for its employees. These restrictions will also have an impact on travel and on our ability to access CCI facilities, various sites or other buildings. 

CCI facilities assessments includes on-site technical assessments of Canadian museums, archives and historic sites and focus on the conservation needs of the collections in their facilities. CCI experts provide advice on storage, display and exhibition conditions, security and fire prevention measures, the museum environment, lighting, and pest control. Advisory services for capital projects for new collection facilities or major renovations are also available through this service.

Please click HERE for more information. 

Ontario Culture Days 2021
Register In-Person Events by September 7
and Digital Events by September 12


Register your events and activities for the Ontario Culture Days 2021 festival! This year, the festival will take place from September 24th to October 24th and will feature a hybrid of in-person and digital events, as well as self-guided programming. 

For more information about the festival and registration, please click HERE.

National Gallery of Canada Receives Donation from RBC
Ottawa Business Journal

A recent $900,000 gift from RBC Foundation to the National Gallery of Canada will support three major initiatives that help ensure art is accessible to all Canadians.

Regarding the initiatives, Sasha Suda, director and CEO of the National Gallery of Canada, says “The acquisition of works by Indigenous artists and emerging contemporary artists from diverse communities for the national collection is rooted in the Gallery’s core values of building a collection that inspires human connection and placing Indigenous ways of knowing and being at the centre of our actions.”

Read more HERE
New Canadian Canoe Museum to Feature Indigenous Languages and Voices 
The Canadian Canoe Museum

Visitors to the new Canadian Canoe Museum (CCM) will see and hear languages and voices from Indigenous communities the moment they step into the museum, thanks to funding from TD Bank Group.

With a significant gift of $500,000 over five years from TD, the Museum will work directly with individuals in eight Indigenous communities. The funding also enables the CCM to hire an emerging Indigenous museum professional. These actions will help ensure that knowledges, perspectives, and voices from Indigenous communities are directly represented in the exhibitions and educational programming.

Read more HERE
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Museums of Mississauga Puts Out Call for BIPOC Curator or Curators in Partnership with Celebration Square
Museum London solves Mystery of Professor Judson with new information
North Bay Museum Receives Funding for 1928 Fire Engine Restoration
Cornwall Community Museum Unveils Mural
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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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