Premier Ford on Tourism Sector and COVID-19

Oct 15, 2020
Need to Know
Participate in Fall 2020 Budget Consultations: Recommend Support for Museums
Deadline: Friday, October 16

The OMA brings forward three recommendations for Ontario's Fall 2020 Budget, including an Ontario Museum Relief Fund of $8.5million, a Digital Response Fund of $10million over three years, and a Renewed Funding Model of operating funding to a total of $15million annually. 

Members can support the OMA's Recommendations in two ways: 

1.  Participate in the Fall 2020 Budget Consultations by Friday, October 16
Use the OMA's Fall 2020 Budget Submission HERE (Submissions are limited to 500 words).

a) Send by email to and:

  • include your name or the name of your organization
  • use “Fall 2020 Budget Consultations” in the subject line
  • attach your submission as a PDF or Word document
  • cc: on your email submission


b) Mail your submission to:
The Honourable Rod Phillips
Minister of Finance
c/o Budget Secretariat
Frost Building North, 3rd Floor
95 Grosvenor Street
Toronto, Ontario M7A 1Z1

2. Engage your MPP:

Read the OMA's full 500-word submission HERE.  

Minister MacLeod Teletownhall Recording
with special guest Premier Doug Ford

On October 13, 2020, the Honourable Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries held the tenth in a series of telephone town halls intended to give Ontario stakeholders an update on COVID-19 as it applies to their businesses and organizations. 

Minister MacLeod was joined by Premier Doug Ford and discussed the new restrictions in Ottawa, Toronto and Peel Region related to an increase in COVID-19 case numbers.

Listen to the recording HERE.

Additional Federal Support for Businesses

On Friday, the Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister, the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, announced the government’s intention to introduce new, targeted supports to help hard-hit businesses and other organizations experiencing a drop in revenue, including: 

  • An extension of the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) until June 2021. The subsidy would remain at the current subsidy rate of up to a maximum of 65% of eligible wages until December 19, 2020.
  • An expansion to the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA)which would enable eligible businesses and not-for-profit organizations to access an interest-free loan of up to $20,000 in addition to the original CEBA loan of $40,000. Half of this additional $20,000 interest-free loan would be forgivable if repaid by December 31, 2022. The application deadline for CEBA has been extended until December 31, 2020.

Read more HERE

Reminders: Funding Application Deadlines
October 28: Virtual Museum of Canada, Medium and Large investment streams (Read more HERE)

November 1: Museums Assistance Program, three components (Read more HERE). 

November 25: Virtual Museum of Canada, Small investment stream (Community Stories) (Read more HERE

December 1: Reconnect Festival and Event Program 2020-2021 (Read more HERE.) 

December 2: Ontario Trillium Foundation Resilient Communities Fund (Read more HERE.)

OMA Professional Development
Thank You to All the
#OMAConf2020 Sponsors & Exhibitors

The OMA would like to thank its Conference 2020 Sponsors, Lucidea and the Royal Ontario Museum, and its Tradeshow Exhibitors, Hunter Expositions, Armstrong Fine Art Services, Carr McLean and Ingenium for participating in the OMA's first virtual Annual Conference.

Learn more about Conference Partners and Exhibitors HERE.
Survey for Mid-Career Professionals
#OMAConf2020 Webinar Highlight
The View from the Middle: Mid-Career Museum Professionals
Claire Bennett
Collections Coordinator
Halton Region Heritage Services
Meredith Leonard
Interpretive Services Coordinator
Halton Region Heritage Services
Tuesday November 24
10am to 11:00am

From the speakers: 
"In preparation for our webinar on November 24, “The View from the Middle: Mid-career Museum Professionals” we’re looking to gather data from mid-career professionals across the field to better understand the challenges and needs that exist for this group. We’ve created a short survey, the results of which will be presented as part of our webinar in November:
Please feel free to share the survey with any of your colleagues who might be interested. If you’ve got more thoughts to share on this topic, beyond the scope of the survey questions, please get in touch with me directly at"

Register for Conference HERE.
Upcoming OMA Dates
October 15: Deadline: OMA Call for Members for the 2021 Nominations Committee (Download the form HERE)

October 29: First day of OMA Annual Conference 2020 (Register HERE)

November 5, 9am: OMA Annual General Meeting (Register HERE
Other PD Opportunities
Free Webinar Recordings on Accessibility, Space Rentals, Asset Management, and More

Looking for free professional development webinars on creative space capital projects? ArtsBuild Ontario has 30+ webinar recordings available for free. Learn from experts and arts managers in topics like accessibility, space rentals, asset management and more! These free recordings cover a breadth of topics related to capital projects and creative spaces. Here are a select few below:

View the full list of free webinars HERE.

Webinar: How Gifts of Securities Can Lift Your Year-End Donations

Thursday, October 22, 2020
1:00pm ET

Donations of securities—like stocks, bonds, and mutual funds—can significantly increase your charity’s revenue and could pass potential tax savings on to your donors. On October 22nd, join CanadaHelps’ Lucas Froese and Paul Nazareth from the Canadian Association of Gift Planners (CAGP) to learn how you can capitalize on these bigger gifts.

Read more and register HERE.
Heritage Exchange Virtual Conference 2020

Mark your calendars - this year's Heritage Exchange will be digital! We're excited to bring speakers from Museums of BurlingtonEnable EducationFirstOntario Arts Centre Milton, the Myseum and more to our network to share projects, ideas and tools for arts, culture and heritage organizations to navigate these challenging times. Both the conference and accompanying workshop are available for free to participants.

Conference webinars, will be held via Zoom, on October 20-22 and 27, 28, with a multi-day online workshop November 9-13.

Read more HERE.

Curator Conversations:
"Institutions - Remnants, Reborn, Resettled"

Join the Ontario Association of Art Galleries (OAAG/AOGA) and the Association of Art Museum Curators on Tuesday, October 27 for Curator Conversations, a private evening event, featuring a keynote "Institutions - Remnants, Reborn, Resettled"  by London-based curator and writer Shaheen Merali. Following the presentations, attendees will be able to break out into smaller groups to continue the conversation and network together.

Read more and register HERE.
Even More PD Opportunities!

Conference: Heritage Exchange 2020
Halton Heritage Services
October 20-22 & 27-28; November 9-13
Read more and register HERE.

Webinar: Not a Fundraiser? Not a Problem!
The Good Partnership
Monday, October 26; 12pm - 1pm ET
Read more and register HERE.

Webinar: Arts Sector During COVID-19
Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC)
Tuesday, October 27; 12pm - 1:15pm ET
Read more and register HERE.

Conference: Nonprofit Driven 2020
Ontario Nonprofit Network
November 10-11
Read more and register 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.
We're Here to Help!

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

Marie G. Lalonde
Executive Director 
OMA Twitter OMA Twitter
OMA Facebook OMA Facebook
OMA Instagram OMA Instagram
OMA Website OMA Website
Copyright © 2020 Ontario Museum Association, All rights reserved.
You are receiving this email as a member,
stakeholder or partner of the
Ontario Museum Association.

Our mailing address is:
Ontario Museum Association
50 Baldwin Street
Toronto, Ontario M5T 1L4 Canada