Ontario's 2021 Budget

Mar 25, 2021
Need to Know
Ontario's 2021 Budget
Ontario's Action Plan:
Protecting People's Health and Our Economy

Yesterday, the Honourable Peter Bethlenfalvy, Ontario's Minister of Finance, presented Ontario's 2021 Budget. The 2021 Budget represents a total of $173 billion to be spent in the coming year. 

Items of interest for museums include: 
  • the Ontario Tourism Recovery Program, a new $100 million initiative for 2021–22 to help tourism operators, anchor businesses and attractions recover from the impacts of COVID‐19. [page 87] 
  • $150 million ... for a tax credit to encourage residents to explore Ontario when public health experts advise that it is safe to travel, with support of up to 20 per cent for eligible Ontario tourism expenses to encourage them to discover the province in 2021 [page 87] 
  • To support the arts sector during COVID‑19, the government is increasing its investment in Ontario’s arts community by $10 million in 2021–22. With support from the Ontario Arts Council (OAC), this increased investment will assist with significant costs incurred when preparing for activities and events that could not go forward in 2020–21. [page 87] 
  • Ontario Tourism and Hospitality Small Business Support Grant, which will provide an estimated $100 million in one‐time payments of $10,000 to $20,000 to eligible small businesses [page 86] 
  • increased funding of up to $15 million for the Regional Tourism Organizations (RTOs) in 2021–22 [page 87] 
  • $200 million to provide infrastructure funding to larger, strategic projects and to sports facilities through the newly established Strategic Priorities and Infrastructure Fund. This fund will help address some of the unmet demand under the Community, Culture and Recreation stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP) [page 88] 
  • an additional $50 million over the next two years will be allocated to the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) to support investments in infrastructure, culture, economic development and training. [page 112] 
  • $2.8 billion in broadband infrastructure to ensure that every region in the province has access to reliable broadband services by 2025 [page 98] 
  • $40 million in new funding over two years to improve remote learning technology [page 78] 
Read the government of Ontario's News Release HERE. 

Read the full 2021 Ontario Budget HERE. 

Media Coverage

OMA Resources
Explore Ontario's Museums
Special Feature
May 28th Ontario edition of The Globe and Mail & online
The OMA and The Globe and Mail are working together to provide Ontario's museums with an opportunity to showcase the experiences they will be offering during 2021's unique summer tourism season. 

This special feature of museums will highlight both in-person and virtual experiences in Ontario museums, and provides an opportunity for museums of all sizes and Regional Museum Networks to reach out to visitors in-print and online with special rates to advertise. 

As museums plan for their re-opening dates and tourists plan their "staycations", the Explore Ontario's Museums special feature, slated for publication on Friday, May 28th, will close out May is Museum Month with all that Ontario museums have to offer!

Important Dates:
  • Advertising Commitment- April 30th, 2021
  • Material Deadlines- May 7th, 2021
  • Print/Digital Publication Dates- Friday, May 28th, 2021

Read the Special Feature information Package HERE. 

We encourage museums to work with their Regional Tourism Organizations (RTOs) and / or Destination Marketing Organizations (DMOs) to coordinate advertising. 

To learn more and participate, reach out to your Globe and Mail advertising representative:
KEITH RYDER, Special Reports Associate

May is Museum Month 2021
Since 2000, the OMA has led a campaign for May is Museum Month / Mai, Mois des Musées. The International Council of Museums (ICOM) has declared the theme for International Museum Day 2021 (May 18th) to be "The Future of Museums: Recover and Reimagine." 

In 2021, public awareness of the safe, quality experiences that museums can offer is especially important. For MMM 2021, the OMA encourages museums to use social media and digital tools to share the offers they have for their communities and hyperlocal tourists. 

May is Museum Month is an opportunity to showcase the excellent work of museums and engage your supporters! You can download a MMM logo, and plan your upcoming communications: 

Look for a social media kit in early April!

Twitter 101 and 201 Webinar Recordings
Presented by Laura Pearce, Head of Marketing, Twitter Canada
We hope you enjoyed learning new Twitter strategies and upgrading your skills! Special thanks to Laura Pearce for hosting two educational and fun webinars. The slide decks and recordings are now available.

For the Twitter 101 webinar recording, click HERE.
For the Twitter 101 slide deck, click HERE.

The Twitter 201 webinar recording is available HERE.
The Twitter 201 slide deck is available HERE.
Indigenous Collections Symposium 2021
ICS 2021 will be commencing today and tomorrow! If you have registered for the symposium, check your email for login instructions. If you have any questions, please contact pd@museumsontario.ca.
Members in the News 
MacLaren Art Centre receives $142,000 from City of Barrie
North Bay Area Museum Society to receive $55,000 in federal funding
Woodland Cultural Centre's Indigenous languages projects get boost in latest round of federal funding
Lambton Heritage Museum provides new home for Canatara Cabin
External Resources
$105 million Community Building Fund
through OTF

Applications open March 31
The Ontario government is investing $105 million through the new Community Building Fund to support non-profit tourism, culture, sport and recreation organizations. The funding will be used to help these non-profits recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and meet the needs of their communities. Details have been provided by Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries. 

The fund will be administered by the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) through two program streams: 
  • The $55-million operating funding stream will provide community non-profits with the support they need to help sustain their operations and create new experiences and events - such as trail systems, heritage attractions, winter activities and local sport and recreation programming - that are critical to the economic and social well-being of their communities. 
  • The $50-million capital funding stream will go to municipalities and non-profit organizations to carry out sport- and recreation-facility infrastructure repairs, including retrofits and rehabilitation to meet COVID-19 public health protocol requirements and local community needs. 

Read the news release HERE.
Read more from the Ontario Trillium Foundation HERE.

Community Building Fund - Operating stream

  • Applications will be accepted starting March 31, 2021.
  • Application deadline is April 28, 2021 at 5 PM ET
Please stay tuned for more information about the Community Building Fund – Operating stream application resources and eligibility requirements being released March 25.
CMOG Applications for June 2021
The OMA is looking ahead to the Community Museum Operating Grant (CMOG) applications that are anticipated to be completed in June of 2021, with recipient museums reporting on the year 2020. 

The OMA looks forward to working with the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries to ensure that the application is straightforward. Part of this process may include clarifying the metrics that will be assessed for funding and any metrics and data collection that will help all parties to understand the impacts of the pandemic. 

Museums that are experiencing challenges in completing CMOG reporting on 2019 for the March 31, 2021 deadline are encouraged to contact their Museum & Heritage Programs Advisor at elka.weinstein@ontario.ca
 Funding Opportunities
Deadlines for 2021
OMA Job Board
Chief Historian and Director, Research
Canadian War Museum
March 28
Read more HERE.
Museum Attendant - Student
Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism, and Culture Industries
March 31
Read more HERE.
Senior Marketing Specialist
Science North

April 1
Read more HERE.
Museum Guide
City of Pickering

April 5
Read more HERE.
 Ontario Museum Jobs
April 5: Collections Information Specialist, Archives, Canadian Museum of History. Apply HERE.

April 5: Funding Coordinator, Valeo Arts Management. Apply HERE.

To access all OMA Job Board Listings, CLICK HERE

The OMA features job listings from the online submissions received through our website.  To submit a listing for an open position at your institution, CLICK HERE!
The OMA Welcomes Your Support

If you are already an OMA member, please renew your membership when you receive an email reminder. If you are not a member, please consider joining, either as an institution or an individual. You can find information about member categories and benefits on our website.

Please also consider making a donation to the OMA on our website or through Canada Helps.

Your support of the OMA and your participation in events like this webinar make us stronger as a sector, and we appreciate each and everyone one of you.

An OMA membership connects you with our network of over 1000 members, representing 700 museums, galleries, and heritage sites across the province. In addition, an OMA membership provides you with the latest news via the ONmuseums newsletter, eNews alerts, and COVID-19 resources to mitigate impact for Ontario museums, galleries and heritage sites.

COVID-19 Resources

The OMA has prepared a dedicated webpage of COVID-19 communications and resources, updated as new information and resources become available.
Read more HERE.

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For all questions or inquiries please contact the OMA: community@museumsontario.ca or call 416-348-8672 / 1-866-662-8672.

Marie G. Lalonde
Executive Director

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