Ontario's Roadmap to Reopen

May 27, 2021
Need to Know
Ontario's Roadmap to Reopen
Safely Reopening Museums

In Ontario's Roadmap to Reopen, published last week, museums were mentioned in each of the three steps:

  • Step 1 will permit the resumption of more outdoor activities with smaller, well-managed crowds where risk of transmission is minimized and will permit retail, all with restrictions in place, including but not limited to : Outdoor zoos, landmarks, historic sites, and botanical gardens with capacity limits;
  • Step 2 will further expand outdoor activities and will resume limited indoor services with small numbers of people where face coverings are worn, with other restrictions in place, including but not limited to : Outdoor tour and guide services with capacity limits;
  • Step 3 will permit the resumption of indoor services with larger numbers of people, with restrictions in place, including but not limited to : indoor museums and art galleries with capacity limits;

Watch the May 20th MHSTCI Technical Briefing with Minister MacLeod HERE.

The OMA is in contact with the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries for clarification on museums' ability to reopen and safety measures for museums in each of the three steps. We will share more information as it becomes available. Read the OMA's eNews Alert HERE.

Funding Opportunities
OMA Resources
Museum Reopening Resources
Guidance Documents from 2020
Celebrate emerging leaders #OMAAwards2021
Deadline: June 18, 2021


Pailagi Pandya stands out as a promising change-maker. She aspires to transform museums into open gathering spaces that are responsive to diverse community voices and where everyone feels included. Realizing this is vision is key to her work. She collaborates closely with equity-seeking and marginalized groups such as youth-at-risk and newcomers, and mentors her colleagues. 

Impressive? We think so too. Pailagi is was the recipient of the Promising Leadership Award of Excellence in 2020.
Do you know a dynamic leader like Pailagi? Are you passionate like her? Nominate your colleagues or yourself for an OMA Award of Excellence by June 18!

Send us your Nominations
Upcoming OMA Dates

May 31: Start Date: CMS: Artifacts 2021-2022

June 18: Deadline for Nominations: OMA Awards of Excellence 2021
Members in the News
Craigleith Heritage Depot REEL History Film Series Wins Silver Telly Award Winner for Non-Broadcast: Museums and Galleries
Former National Gallery of Canada director Shirley Thomson to be commemorated
Simcoe County Museum launches exhibit to bring Ray of Sunshine amid dark days
Maryboro Lodge at the Fenelon Museum heritage celebrated by artists’ work
External Resources & Events
Community Building Fund - Operating stream
Application deadline is June 1, 2021 at 5PM ET

Eligible non-profits and Indigenous communities in the arts and culture, heritage, tourism, sport and recreation sectors can apply for funding through the Operating stream to help sustain their operations. This funding stream supports organizations who operate facilities and/or deliver experiences or programs to Ontarians.

Learn more HERE.
 Non-profit Sector COVID-19 Impact Survey
Ontario Nonprofit Network and
l'Assemblée de la Francophonie de l’Ontario

The Ontario Nonprofit Network and l'Assemblée de la Francophonie de l’Ontario have released a new COVID-19 impact survey to evaluate the pandemic’s impact on the non-profit sector. The survey collects vital data on the financial, operational, and human resource impacts of the pandemic on your organization, barriers to supports, and rebuilding opportunities and challenges.

The survey is open to all non-profits in Ontario with a mission to serve a public benefit. Data collected will support a rebuilding strategy that meets the needs of the diverse communities across Ontario.

Survey closes June 4th – complete the survey here!
The Best in Heritage 2021 Online Edition

The Best in Heritage remains dedicated to delivering an annual, global overview of best practices, focusing on the criteria of professional excellence, public value, and innovation. The goal is to offer insights into the most prominent award-winning achievements and share these further, with both the professional and civil-society communities concerned with heritage.

Watch this year's keynotes and talks HERE.

For information on all featured laureates click HERE.
2021 Digital Skills Survey Results:
 Improve your charity's digital mindset

2021 Digital Skills Survey Results is a report to help advance conversations and secure needed funding to support charities as they implement digital tools. The report provides baseline data on the digital health of charities, and potential barriers charities face when adopting digital tools and advancing digital skills.

Download the report HERE.
 FREE eBook: How to Generate
Digital Sponsorship Revenue in 2021

Find out how you can create and sell digital sponsorships to generate new revenue and keep your sponsors coming back for more!

Learn more HERE.
Free Webinar: #MuseumsAreNotNeutral
Western Museums Association Keynote
in partnership with the British Columbia Museums Association

Free Webinar
June 2, 2021
2pm Eastern Time

Join the Western Museums Association in partnership with the British Columbia Museums Association on June 2nd, from 2pm - 3pm Eastern Time, for a special, free keynote webinar with #MuseumsAreNotNeutral co-producers La Tanya S. Autry and Mike Murawski. Learn about the work of this global advocacy initiative that is exposing the myth of museum neutrality and explore strategies for making museums relevant, socially engaged community spaces that act as agents of positive change. 

This event is free and open to anyone so please share widely within your networks.

Closed Captions and live ASL translation are available. 

This event will be livestreamed to the Western Museums Association facebook page

Webinar: Beyond Events
Alternative Revenue Streams for Your Charity

May 27th, at 1pm ET

On May 27th, at 1pm ET, join CanadaHelps’ Tamara Rahmani and Nicole Lam for a walkthrough of their platform and learn how to:
  • Raise more by selling memberships, symbolic gifts, and merchandise with a customizable call-to-action button
  • Control the look and feel of your page with custom colours
  • Boost registrations and sales with promo codes
  • Save time on administration by issuing automated split tax receipts
Register HERE.
Canadian Conservation Institute Scientists
Publish Archaeological Paper

Senior Conservation Scientists Kate Helwig and Jennifer Poulin collaborated with Yukon Government partners Valery Monahan and Christian Thomas to publish the paper Ancient Throwing Dart Reveals First Archaeological Evidence of Castoreum in volume 37 of the Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports.

The paper describes how beaver castoreum was used in the construction of a 6000-year-old throwing dart recovered from the melting ice patches in Yukon, Canada. This finding represents the first chemical identification of castoreum in the archaeological record.

Read more HERE.
OMA Job Board
Programming and Community Engagement Coordinator
County of Huron, Cultural Services

May 28
Read more HERE.

Interpretive Planner
Royal Ontario Museum

May 28
Read more HERE. 

Guest Curator
Woodland Cultural Centre

May 28
Read more HERE. 

Marketing and Communications Manager
Diefenbunker: Canada's Cold War Museum

June 4
Read more HERE. 

Manager, Heritage Programming
City of Kingston

June 15
Read more HERE. 

Ontario Museum Jobs

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 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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