Ontario's Budget & Minister's address to museums

Nov 05, 2020
Thursday, November 5 Update

In this eNews:
Ontario's Action Plan: 2020 Budget
Ontario's Action Plan:
Protect, Support, Recover
2020 Budget provides more resources to strengthen frontline health care, support people and employers, and lay the groundwork for Ontario’s recovery

Today, Finance Minister Rod Phillips released Ontario’s Action Plan: Protect, Support, Recover — the next phase of a comprehensive action plan to respond to the serious health and economic impacts of COVID-19. Ontario's Action Plan now sets out a total of $45 billion in support over three years to make available the necessary health resources to continue protecting people, deliver critical programs and tax measures to support individuals, families and job creators impacted by the virus, and lay the groundwork for a robust long-term economic recovery for the province.

The OMA will follow up as more details become available. 

Read the media release HERE.
Read the full budget HERE.

A few highlights for museums below: 
Ontario’s Community Building Fund
The Province is investing $100 million over two years to develop a Community Building Fund that supports community tourism, cultural and sport organizations, which are experiencing significant financial pressures due to the pandemic. These organizations support community engagement, tourism and recreation through a variety of attractions, experiences, events and activities. Funding support would be available to not-for-profit organizations and municipalities, and the program will be delivered by the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) with two streams:
  • Supports for local community tourism, heritage and culture not-for-profits, such as community museums, local theatres, fairs and cultural institutions, to help sustain their operations in the short term and create new attractions, experiences and events; and
  • Funding for municipalities and not-for-profit sport and recreation organizations to make investments in infrastructure rehabilitation and renovation, in order to meet public health protocols and local community needs.
Assisting Ontario’s Arts Institutions
The government is providing one-time emergency funding of $25 million for Ontario’s arts institutions to help cover operating losses incurred as a result of COVID-19. This funding will help these organizations remain solvent and prepare for a time when they can fully re-open their facilities, resume full programming and welcome back their visitors and audiences. In addition, the Ontario Arts Council and the Ontario Trillium Foundation are providing increased flexibility to grant recipients and applicants to help rebuild and reposition the arts and non-profit sectors. These organizations are also providing funding support through new and enhanced grant programs. This funding will be invested in heritage, sport, tourism and culture projects to aid organizations’ medium- to longer-term recovery efforts, help with stabilization and build capacity in response to COVID-19, while protecting jobs and enabling economic recovery.
Supporting Ontario’s Sectors Tourism 2021 – Year of the Ontario Staycation
The magnificence of Niagara Falls. The splendor of the North. The awe-inspiring attractions of Ottawa, the capital city of the greatest country on earth. As a tourist, no matter what you are looking for, you’re likely to find it in Ontario. And that is good news, because regardless of the trajectory of COVID-19, it is likely that tourism travel within Ontario will be an option sooner than travel beyond our province’s border. The tourism sector is an important part of Ontario’s economy and will need support to recover from the economic impacts of COVID-19 as the effects of the pandemic diminish.

The government is exploring ways to provide Ontario residents with support of up to 20 per cent for eligible Ontario tourism expenses to encourage them to discover Ontario in 2021 when public health experts advise it is safe to do so. The government is setting aside $150 million for this initiative and will be consulting with stakeholders about the details. An update on this temporary support measure will be announced at a later date.
Media Coverage
Minister MacLeod at OMA Conference 2020
Minister MacLeod at #OMAConf2020

On Thursday, November 5, the Honourable Lisa MacLeod, Ontario's Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism, and Culture Industries, addressed delegates at the first virtual Ontario Museum Association Annual Conference 2020. Hear from Minister MacLeod about MHSTCI's plans for supporting resilience and renewal of the tourism and culture sectors—the hardest hit by COVID-19.

Watch the recording HERE.
Register now!
Minister Townhall November 6th
Minister MacLeod to host 11th Multi-Sector Telephone Town Hall
Friday, November 6, 2020 - 2:25 PM

Join Honourable Lisa MacLeod, Ontario's Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries for an eleventh telephone town hall to discuss the government's response to COVID-19 and the 2020/21 provincial budget.

Deadline to register is 10am on Friday November 6. 

Register HERE.

OMA Releases White Paper
Exhibiting Resilience: Empowering Ontario’s community museums for strategic recovery
OMA Releases White Paper

This week, the OMA was pleased to share Exhibiting Resilience: Empowering Ontario’s community museums for strategic recovery. This white paper brings together specific findings and expertise from across Ontario’s museum community. Drawing on surveys of OMA members both before and during the pandemic, as well as information from the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries, Canadian Heritage, and other key stakeholders, the OMA has created a profile of the state of the sector and its needs as we continue the work of Ontario’s Museums’ 2025: Strategic Vision and Action Plan.

Exhibiting Resilience makes three specific recommendations to the Ontario Government:
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 white paper HERE.
For any questions or comments, please contact Marie Lalonde, Executive Director, (mlalonde@museumsontario.ca) or by phone at: 416-348-8672 or toll free, 1 866 662 8672. 

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