Paid Sick Days Summary for Employers

May 06, 2021
At the OMA
Request for Proposals

The Ontario Museum Association (OMA) is undergoing the revision of its Certificate in Museum Studies (CMS) program. This review will ensure that the program content and delivery methods are current, inclusive, comprehensive, and accessible.
The OMA is seeking a qualified and experienced consultant to conduct consultation with OMA members and stakeholders, perform gap analysis on program content, and create a new curriculum document and program outline for the CMS program.
Deadline for submissions: May 21, 2021
Questions? Email Mary Collier, Professional Development Program Manager at

Read more HERE. 
OMA Awards of Excellence Nominations

Did you know?
OMA Awards of Excellence recipients get an opportunity to:

  • Share their story and projects with the Ontario museum community
  • Demonstrate their professional accomplishments and boost their careers
  • Raise the visibility of their museums and spark interest from new audiences
  • Inspire and encourage others!

Why wait for the spotlight? Follow simple process, and you could get major rewards! Click here to submit a nomination today.

Job opportunity at the OMA
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CMS Course Director: Organization & Management of Museums
The Ontario Museum Association is seeking a Course Director for its Certificate in Museum Studies course Organization & Management of Museums for delivery in the April  2021 to March 2022 fiscal year. The course is scheduled to be delivered online October 4 – December 10, 2021.
A Course Director’s duties include:

  • Planning, organization and delivery of the ten-week online course according to the curriculum provided.
  • Recruitment and supervision of guest speakers if desired.
  • Marking of student assignments.

Read more and apply HERE.

Members can browse all upcoming opportunities at the OMA Job Board HERE.

New and Renewing OMA Members
Art Gallery of Hamilton
Aylmer-Malahide Museum & Archives
Beaver River Museum
Blue Rhino Design
Canadian Historical Aircraft Association
Canadian Language Museum
Canadian Museum of Architecture
Cobourg Museum Foundation
Coldwater Canadiana Heritage Museum
Comber and District Historical Society Museum
Cottonwood Mansion Museum
Friends of the CAMH Archives
Grimsby Museum
Hamilton Police Historical Society and Museum
Kawartha Art Gallery
Lucan Area Heritage and Donnelly Museum
Lynde House Museum & Warren General Store
Manitouwadge Archival and Historical Society
Mattawa Museum
Museum of Health Care at Kingston
Muskoka Discovery Centre
NHA / NHL Birthplace Museum
Niagara-on-the-Lake Museum
Northern Ontario Railroad Museum & Heritage Centre
Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame & Museum
RBWM Historical Society - Schoolhouse Museum
Renfrew & District Historical and Museum Society Inc.
Royal Ontario Museum
Sudbury Region Police Museum
TD Bank Art Department
The Delta Mill Society
Thelma Miles Historical Museum
Toronto Railway Museum
Sector News
Community Building Fund - Operating Stream
Ontario Trillium Foundation
Application Deadline Extended to June 1, 2021

The deadline to apply for the Community Building Fund - Operating stream is extended to June 1st, 2021 at 5 PM ET.
This funding stream provides support for non-profits and Indigenous communities in the arts and culture, heritage, tourism, sport and recreation sectors to help sustain their operations and create new attractions, experiences and events.

Grant term length: 6 or 12 months
Amount awarded: Minimum $10,000, Maximum $250,000

Application deadline: June 1st, 2021 at 5 PM ET

Application Support
Eligible organizations looking for application support can connect with OTF in the following ways:

Visit the Community Building Fund – Operating stream page for more information on eligibility requirements, the application, and eligible expenses for funding.

Read more HERE. 

Ontario Introduces Paid Sick Days 

On Thursday, April 29, 2021, Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development, introduced legislation that requires employers to provide employees with up to $200 of pay for up to three days if they are missing work because of COVID-19. This program will be retroactive to April 19, 2021 and effective until September 25, 2021, the date the CRSB will expire.

By providing time-limited access to three paid leave days, the province is ensuring employees can pay their bills as they help stop the spread of the virus, including by getting tested, waiting for their results in isolation or going to get their vaccine. The province will partner with the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board to deliver the program and reimburse employers up to $200 per day for each employee.

Read the News Release HERE. 

From Ontario Nonprofit Network:
"Eligible employees:

  • Employees covered by the Employment Standards Act (ESA) and
  • Employees that do not already have paid sick days through their employer

Employers are to provide:

  • Up to three days of paid leave for a COVID-19 related reason (e.g., getting tested, waiting for results, getting vaccinated, vaccination side effects,  being sick, self-isolation, taking care of someone who has COVID-19). A doctor’s note is not required
  • Pay employees their standard wages for the day, up to a maximum amount of $200, for up to 3 days taken (do not need to be taken consecutively)

For employers to receive a reimbursement from government they must:

  • Apply for a reimbursement of up to a maximum amount of $200 per employee per day
  • Apply within 120 days of when the paid leave is taken

For any longer paid sick leave, the Ontario government points workers to the federal Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit."

Read more from Ontario Nonprofit Network HERE. 

Read a summary for Employers from Borden, Ladner, Gervais LLP HERE.

Ontario's First Digital and Data Strategy

The Ontario Government is introducing its first Digital and Data Strategy, Building a Digital Ontario, which brings the province one step closer to becoming a world-leading digital jurisdiction. This strategy includes over two dozen new and established initiatives that will equip the province’s people and businesses to succeed, and will play a critical role keeping Ontarians safe, secure, connected and supported in the digital world. Many jurisdictions around the globe have already begun this work, and Ontario is now laying the foundation to ensure that the province is meeting and exceeding the work of other jurisdictions.

Read the News Release HERE.

3 Options for Mill of Kintail Museum
Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority
Special Advisory Committee Report

A special advisory committee (SAC) struck by Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority (MVCA) has submitted its report to the MVCA Board of Directors with three options for the future of the Mill of Kintail Museum. The Committee has met several times since Bill 108, the More Homes, More Choice Act, directed Ontario’s 36 conservation authorities (CAs) to focus activities and municipal levies on their core mandate, sending the Mill of Kintail Museum into a funding and governance crisis.

Read more HERE. 
Brockville Museum 2032 
Feasibility Study by Lord Cultural Resources
The Brockville Museum's new Feasibility Study, exploring the relocation, expansion, and enhancement of the museum, was presented to the City's Economic Development, Recreation, and Tourism Committee on May 4th. 

Watch the presentation HERE. (Presentation starts at 4:30)
Read the Report and Presentation HERE.
Report #2 of the Advisory Committee on the Charitable Sector
April 2021

The Advisory Committee on the Charitable Sector (ACCS), a consultative forum for meaningful dialogue between the charitable sector and the federal government, has released its second report.

It includes 8 recommendations falling under three broad themes;

  • Recommendations #1 - 4 address the fact that the charity regulatory system as a whole perpetuates a colonial approach and is difficult, time-consuming and cumbersome for Indigenous organizations to access
  • Recommendations #5 - 7 respond to the fact that data on the charitable sector is key to evidence-based policy making but existing data is not effectively coordinated, analyzed or disseminated through the federal government. 
  • Recommendation #8 addresses the fact that the current statutory categories of charitable organization, public foundation and private foundation are inconsistent with each other and cause confusion. 

Read the Report HERE

Webinar: Advisory Committee on the Charitable Sector

Free Webinar
Monday, May 17, 2021
2pm ET

Join co-chairs Hilary Pearson and Bruce MacDonald, as well as members of the Advisory Committee on the Charitable Sector, as they discuss key recommendations and progress updates.

Read more HERE.
Report: Human Resources Impact of COVID-19 on Canadian Charities and Nonprofits
Charity Village and The Portage Group

Included in this report:

  • COVID-19 Impact on Charity and Nonprofit Staff
  • Impact of Government Programs and Subsidies on Canadian Charities and Nonprofits
  • COVID-19 Impact on Volunteerism

The survey results suggest that the pandemic has had a significant negative impact on volunteerism across the charitable and nonprofit sector in Canada. A majority (64%) of surveyed organizations indicated that they have experienced a decrease in the number of volunteers since the start of the pandemic in March 2020.

Among those that have experienced a decrease, the impact has been significant with most experiencing a decrease of more than 30% of their volunteer base. A full quarter (26%) of participating organizations lost more than 75% of their volunteers over the last year.

Read the full report HERE.

Webinar: Background Checking 101
Charity Village

Free Webinar
Thursday, May 6, 2021
1pm ET

Learn about the ins and outs of background checks with CharityVillage! We’ll outline why screening checks are so important when recruiting staff and volunteers, as well as the difference between different screening tools such as reference checks, criminal record checks, and vulnerable sector checks. 

Read more HERE.
ResilientME Self-Guided Microlearning Program
Public Services Health and Safety Association

30-minutes, Free

Resilience is often referred to as the ability to “bounce back” from difficult experiences, but resilience is more than mental toughness and perseverance; it involves a variety of skills and behaviours that anyone can learn and strengthen.

Read more HERE. 
R2 for Leaders: Building Resilient Organizations
Public Services Health and Safety Association

This one-day program helps organizational leaders understand what resilience is and its importance to organizational success, how to foster qualities for resilience and ways to help employees navigate resources to support mental health and wellbeing inside and outside of the workplace.

Price: $225.00 + HST

Read more HERE.
Resources for Charities: the Great Canadian Giving Challenge
This June, every $1 donated to your charity through CanadaHelps is a chance for you to WIN $20,000.* All registered Canadian charities are eligible: to enter, all you need to do is fundraise.

More than a contest, the Challenge is an opportunity to rally your supporters and boost your donations during a slow month for fundraising.

You have a month to plan, and we’ve launched a Giving Challenge Resource Centre to help you:

•    Simplify your campaign prep with ready-to-use images, templates, and graphics in our Challenge Toolkit;
•    Optimize, track, and analyze your campaign with our Giving Challenge Tips Sheet; and
•    Check off campaign planning, execution, and wrap milestones with our Challenge Checklist.

Read more HERE.
Workshop: Boards, Acquisition Committees,
and Your Collection

Galeries Ontario / Ontario Galleries

Online Workshop
Wednesday, May 12, 2021
10am - 3:30pm

Single Day Workshop Cost:
Institutional GOG Members: $150.00
Institutional General/Non-Members: $250.00
Artists / Independent Art Workers: $55.00
Students (with valid student ID): $45.00

This workshop will be for Board members and senior leaders of art galleries and museums. It will address the role of Boards in an art gallery and museum governance and their effect on all aspects of the institution. It will also open up peer-to-peer discussion on how gallery staff and Boards can work collaboratively and collectively to advance the institution’s mission, vision, and mandate while addressing their systematic issues within their institution.

Sessions will include:

  • Why the Make-Up of Your Board Matters for Your Collection
  • Your Board, Collections, and the Formation of Acquisition Committees
  • Board Governance and Leadership Programs and Pitfalls: Creating a Healthy and Supportive Board

Read more HERE.

In the Media
Aylmer-Malahide Museum sets its sights on downtown building
How the Sault Ste. Marie Museum's first artist in residence is navigating lockdown
Celebrate Newmarket's Elman W. Campbell Museum during Museum Month in May
THEMUSEUM To Offer Free Admission To Vaccinated People
What's On
Live History: Site Specific Theatre Workshop
King Township Museum
May 8, 2021
Nature in Photography: Bill Bickle
Lennox and Addington County Museum and Archives
May 11, 2021
Virtual Jane's Walk Union Cemetery - Oshawa in the 1860s
Oshawa Museum
May 8, 2021
Virtual Film Screening: The Ties That Bind + Q&A
Toronto Railway Museum
May 13, 2021
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  • We collect content from the Discover Ontario Museums website "What's On" section. OMA Members simply have to update their museum listing to be featured in ONmuseums.
  • Not sure of how to update your listing? Click here to learn how to maximize your museum listing page
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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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Marie G. Lalonde
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