Proof of Vaccination Policy Examples

Sep 23, 2021
Need to Know
Reopening Fund for Heritage Organizations
Now Accepting Applications
Deadline: October 20, 2021

The Museums Assistance Program (MAP) is now accepting applications for assistance with ongoing operating costs through the Reopening Fund for Heritage Organizations. This assistance will help heritage organizations that have felt the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic as they reopen and safely welcome back visitors. While the deadline to apply for funding is October 20, 2021, applicants are encouraged to apply early as funds are limited.

Please click HERE for more information. 
Please click HERE for tips and tricks for your MAP application. 
Please click HERE for a helpful infographic. 

YCW-BCH Open for New Applications
Deadline: September 29, 2021

The Canadian Museums Association (CMA) is currently accepting a second round of Young Canada Works (YCW) - Building Careers in Heritage (BCH) applications until September 29th, aimed at domestic positions that will run from mid-November 2021 until the end of March 2022.

NOTE: Due to funding requirements all YCW-BCH internships funded this year must be complete by March 31st, 2021. For internships beginning on April 1st or later, you will need to apply for 2022-23 funding. Please check back in late-Fall for that application period.

For more information, click HERE
For program details and eligibility criteria, click HERE
For the YCW Employer Guide, click HERE

Funding Opportunities
Resilient Communities Fund

Ontario Trillium Foundation's Resilient Communities Fund supports the nonprofit sector to rebuild from the impacts of COVID-19 and meet the diverse needs of communities. It provides funding for projects that are community-based and aim to rebuild organization capacity.

Deadline: December 8, 2021 at 5 PM ET
Read more HERE
Canada Community Revitalization Fund 

The CCRF seeks to help communities build and improve community infrastructure projects so they can better rebound from COVID-19. It will fund projects that aim to create jobs and stimulate local economies, bring people safely back into public spaces, and revitalize existing community assets.

Deadline: Ongoing
Read more for Northern Ontario HERE
Read more for Southern Ontario HERE.
Indigenous Peoples Resilience Fund

The IPRF is an Indigenous-led effort to build long-term community resilience in response to urgent community needs. The fund is open to any Indigenous-led organization working to foster resilience in Inuit, Metis, and First Nations communities. 

Deadline: Open 
Read more HERE
More Funding Opportunities
Deadlines for 2021

October 7: Black Arts Annual Operating Program
October 7: Black Arts Projects Program
October 20: Reopening Fund for Heritage Organizations
October 27: Digital Museums Canada 2021 Call for Large and Medium Proposals
November 24: Digital Museums Canada 2021 Call for Small Proposals
December 8: Resilient Communities Fund, Ontario Trillium Foundation
December 30: Canada Recovery Hiring Program [Claim period 17]
January 14, 2022: Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance
OpenIndigenous Peoples Resilience Fund
Open: Green and Inclusive Community Buildings Program
Open: Northern Ontario Heritage Fund
Open: Tourism Economic Development and Recovery Fund
Ongoing: Digital Generator, Canada Council for the Arts
Ongoing: Digital Greenhouse, Canada Council for the Arts
Ongoing: Canada Community Revitalization Fund FedDev Ontario
Ongoing: Canada Community Revitalization Fund FedNor
Ongoing: Community Enhancement Program, Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation
Ongoing: Community Events Stream
Ongoing: Community Support, Multiculturalism, and Anti-Racism Initiatives Program
Ongoing: Highly Affected Sectors Credit Availability Program
Ongoing: Jobs and Growth Fund
Ongoing: People and Talent Program
Ongoing: Tourism Relief Fund FedDev Ontario
Proof of Vaccination
In this section, please find:
As of September 22, Ontario now requires proof of vaccination for access to certain businesses and settings. At the OMA, we have received several questions regarding proof of vaccination and museums, which have been shared with the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries, and for which we are awaiting a response.

Throughout this rapidly evolving situation, we've collected and shared information as it is released. Recent editions of ONmuseums and webinars on reopening are available on our website HERE and HERE. Our webinar with Public Services Health and Safety Association on how to reopen museums safely is available HERE
From discussions with our Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries colleagues, we understand that proof of vaccination for patrons is not required for museums and galleries.

The Ministry of Health's "COVID-19 Vaccine Update-- The Last Mile (September 14, 2021)" slide presentation is available HERE. 

On October 22, 2021, an enhanced vaccine certificate with a unique QR code and verification app will be available. We anticipate Ontario's proof of vaccination guidance will be updated to reflect this technology. 

An official Ministry of Health resource, "Questions and Answers" (issued Tuesday, September 14) is available for information HERE. An example question and answer can be found below:
Read the Ministry of Health's "Questions and Answers" Document HERE
Question 32. 
My business or organization is a multi-use facility (e.g., community centres, community hubs, co-working spaces, library, museum, gallery) that has several different activities (e.g., gym, child care centre, meeting and event space). Do individuals in those spaces need to show proof of vaccination?
"There may be different requirements for proof of vaccination for different spaces
within a business or organization, as there are currently for other restrictions in Step 3 (e.g., active screening is required prior to entry at sports and recreational fitness
facilities, but not for other services that may be provided in the same multi-purpose

Businesses or organizations will be required to verify proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 at the point of entry of areas of the premises where it is required, for each patron, with limited exceptions (e.g., medical exemptions, children under 12, etc.). In addition, there are exemptions if a meeting or event space is being rented out:
  • for a day camp or overnight camp for children;
  • to a provider of child care within the meaning of the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014;
  • for the purpose of the provision of social services;
  • for the purpose of delivering or supporting the delivery of court services;
  • for operations by or on behalf of a government; or
  • for the purpose of delivering or supporting the delivery of government services.
For the period between September 22 and October 12, 2021 (inclusive), people 
attending social gatherings associated with weddings or funerals at meeting or event spaces will be able to provide a negative result from an antigen COVID-19 test no more than 48 hours before the event as a temporary alternative to proof of 
vaccination. These antigen tests would have to be privately purchased."
Proof of Vaccination Policies

A number of Ontario museums have implemented a proof of vaccination policy for staff, volunteers, and/or visitors, effective on or prior to September 22, 2021. Some now require proof of vaccination to enter the museum, while others require proof to enter certain areas. See below for vaccination policy examples:

Several performing arts organizations have also implemented a proof of vaccination policy, which are available for perusal here:

Regarding vaccination policies, community partners have amplified the concerns of BIPOC communities and vaccine hesitancy. There is a lack of trust in the healthcare system due to an ongoing history of racial biases, unfair research, and low access to care. For your consideration, please find a short article from the University of Waterloo about vaccine hesitancy among the Black community HERE

Arts Visitors and Vaccination:
Survey Results

Should Cultural Entities Require Proof of Vaccination? (DATA)
Colleen Dilenschneider

This American article discusses whether cultural entities should require proof of vaccination, detailing survey information gathered about visitors’ comfort levels regarding proof of vaccination and various safety protocols. General findings show that visitors to arts organizations are largely in favour of mandatory face coverings, but less than half of those surveyed believe that visitors should be required to show proof of vaccination.

Read more HERE.
Audience Outlook Monitor

Audience Outlook Monitor, an international research collaboration, has been collecting survey responses from arts visitors as they return to cultural spaces and events. Results from August 2021 show that the majority of arts goers are vaccinated, though a large portion remain reluctant to go out. This “vaccinated but hesitant” population has grown from a third of respondents in June, to half of respondents in August.

Read more HERE.

All Hands on Deck: A Call to Action for Arts and Public Health

What assets can arts organizations bring to partnerships with public health? This article discusses the various ways that the arts sector can support their communities in navigating the COVID-19 pandemic. Such methods include artistic programming that speaks to the broad relevance of current public health challenges, using cultural facilities to support testing, vaccination, and education efforts, and communication initiatives to spread public health information.

Read more HERE
OMA Resources
National Day for Truth and Reconciliation 
Resources for September 30

September 30 has been federally designated the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, as per the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action #80. The day honours the lost children and Survivors of residential schools, their families and communities. Public commemoration of the tragic and painful history and ongoing impacts of residential schools is a vital component of the reconciliation process.

Read more from the Government of Canada HERE. 

The OMA encourages our members to listen to and amplify Indigenous voices and communities, and to use this day as an opportunity for education. It is a day to engage in commemorative events, to make space for meaningful conversation, and to reflect upon how we may support reconciliation efforts individually, as organizations, and as a sector. 

Over the years, Indigenous museum professionals and organizations have generously shared their work with Ontario's museum sector. We encourage museums to learn from the teachings and examples of Indigenous Elders, colleagues, and organizations.
Please find more resources for Indigenous Culture and Reconciliation HERE.
Truth and Reconciliation Events
Woodland Cultural Centre Programming

Woodland Cultural Centre has a number of virtual events leading up to and on the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on September 30. 

September 28 at 10:00am ET: Mohawk Institute and Live Q&A
September 30 at 9:30am ET: Thanksgiving Address
September 30 at 11:30am ET: Mohawk Institute & Live Q&A
September 30 at 2:00pm ET: Truth and Recognition

Read more and register HERE.  

Roundtable of Algonquin Leaders on
Truth and Reconciliation and Museums
Bytown Museum

Free Webinar
Wednesday, September 29, 2021
5:30pm - 7:00pm EDT

This will be a Roundtable of Algonquin Leaders speaking on, and discussing, the topic of Truth and Reconciliation and Museums. It will be introduced and moderated by Robin Etherington, Executive Director of the Bytown Museum, and the participants/speakers will be Chief Wendy Jocko and Councillor Merv Sarazin of the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation and Anita Tenasco and Sylvia Morin of the Kitigan Zibi Anishnabeg.

Read more and register HERE.

Every Child Matters:
A Night of Speaking the Truth to Heal Together

Ontario Native Women's Association

Free Online Event
Thursday, September 30, 2021
6:00pm - 8:00pm ET

Join Ontario Native Women's Association in observing Orange Shirt Day. This online evening event will focus on healing, truth, kindness, and grief and loss.

Guest speakers include: Audrey Deroy - Healing, Al Hunter - Truth, Joe Hunter - Kindness, and Tina Armstrong - Grief and Loss

Read more and register HERE.
Orange Shirt Day 2021
University of Toronto

Free Virtual Event
Thursday, September 30, 2021
2:00pm - 3:30pm ET

Join Hart House at the University of Toronto for a virtual event on Orange Shirt Day, a national movement in recognition of the experiences of survivors of residential schools in Canada. Keynote speaker, author and poet Lee Maracle, will address truth before reconciliation.

Read more and register HERE

Understanding Residential Schools
and Reconciliation
Western University

Free Webinar
Thursday, September 30, 2021
10:00am - 11:00am ET

Cody Groat, Six Nations band member and Assistant Professor in Western's Department of History and Indigenous Studies Program, will speak on the history of the Indian Residential Schools system. Professor Groat will tie the history of the schools into the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, and engage in a discussion moderated by Christy Bressette, Vice-Provost & Associate Vice-President of Indigenous Initiatives.

Read more and register HERE

Honouring Orange Shirt Day:
National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
BC Museums Association

This post from the BCMA discusses the history of September 30/Orange Shirt Day/National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and shares resources to help you plan for the day in your institution, as well as virtual events and learning resources.

Read more HERE.

Members in the News 
Woodland Cultural Centre: Ride for Residential School Survivors
PAMA Hosts Indigenous Artists 
Timmins Museum Looking for Historically Significant Properties
Huronia Museum and Huron Ouendat Village House Over 1 Million Artifacts
Federal Election: What's Next?
Read the OMA's Federal Election eNews Alert from September 21 HERE. 
Speaker Series: What now?
A post-election special
Business | Arts

Free Webinar
Tuesday, September 28, 2021
3:00pm ET

Join Business | Arts on September 28 for a post-election conversation with Global Public Affairs. In this session they will analyze the election results, identify power shifts within parliament and consider their bearing on the creative sector. They will discuss new and renewed priorities for arts and culture as well as strategies for building relationships with members of parliament and immediate opportunities for engagement.

Speakers will include:
Sean Casey, Vice President, Cultural Industries, Global Public Affairs
Tara Mazurk, Senior Consultant, Cultural Industries, Global Public Affairs
Andrew Walker, Consultant, Cultural Industries, Global Public Affairs
Abby Tait, Associate Consultant, Global Public Affairs
Elizabeth Seip, Associate Consultant, Cultural Industries, Global Public Affairs

Read more and register HERE

External Resources
Building Diverse & Equitable Nonprofit Boards: A Panel Discussion with Sector Experts
Charity Village and Imagine Canada

Free Webinar
September 29, 2021
1:00pm - 2:00pm ET

On September 29, join Charity Village and Imagine Canada for a panel discussion where they’ll discuss the implications of the findings from a survey exploring the diversity of charity and nonprofit boards in Canada, and what organizations can do to build a more diverse and equitable sector, starting with their boards.

Panelists are the Honourable Ratna Omidvar, Senator for Ontario and Deputy Chair of the Special Senate Committee on the Charitable Sector; Tania Cheng, Imagine Canada board member; and Trish Mandewo, Coquitlam City Councillor and Founder and President of Synergy on Boards Consulting Group.

Read more and register HERE.

A Decolonial or Anti-Colonial Museum?
Museum Professionals of Colour and ICOM's CECA-LAC

Free Webinar
Thursday, October 7, 2021
4:00pm ET

From the University of Toronto Faculty of Information's Master of Museum Studies program, join the Museum Professionals of Colour and the ICOM Committee on Education and Cultural Action for Latin America and the Caribbean to hear from two extraordinary speakers to discuss and question ideas of decolonization in museums and discuss anti-colonial strategies from a perspective anchored in the South.

Elvira Espejo Ayca
Silvia Rivera Cusicanqui
Patricia Ayala (Moderator)

Simultaneous interpretation available (Spanish/English and English/Spanish). Planning led by Professor Armando Perla & Martina Douglas, Director of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. 

Register HERE

Conference Passes to Nonprofit Driven 2021
Ontario Nonprofit Network

The Ontario Nonprofit Network (ONN) is providing a limited number of free conference passes to Nonprofit Driven 2021 for paid or unpaid nonprofit workers who identify as Black and/or Indigenous, are based in/serving Ontario, and whose organizations do not have the financial means to pay the registration fee.

This year’s virtual Nonprofit Driven on October 27 and 28, 2021 is two days of collaboration and connections to explore solutions to public policy opportunities alongside nonprofit leaders from Ontario’s nonprofit sector and build key skills. 

In order for a variety of organizations to have access to these tickets, we encourage one registration per organization.

The application form can be found HERE.

ONN is committed to addressing racism and white supremacy and working towards racial justice in the nonprofit sector and the communities our sector works with. As part of this commitment, ONN will work towards creating equitable spaces for Black and Indigenous peoples and amplifying their voices at our events and gatherings.

Community-Engagement in COVID-19
Beyond the Toolkit
This UK-based website shares findings, resources and illustrations as informed by a pilot study and virtual event series, "Community Engagement in COVID-19". Beyond the Toolkit's goal is to support community-engaged practitioners in reflecting on, and adapting their facilitation practice to online and/or remote settings. They are particularly invested in having conversations about facilitation, as grounded in a social justice framework.  

Beyond the Toolkit invites you to draw on their resources to help guide your online and remote facilitation practice. Both illustrations and text were informed by conversations with community-engaged practitioners who have adapted their participatory work to online and remote settings as a result of COVID-19.

Read more HERE.
Mapping Northern Creative Spaces
ArtsBuild Ontario

In Fall 2020, ArtsBuild Ontario (ABO) partnered with NORDIK Institute for the Mapping Northern Creative Spaces study. ABO and NORDIK Institute completed detailed case reports on four northern communities – Wawa, Kenora/Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls, Sault Ste. Marie, and Timmins. These reports focused on the creative space needs of the communities and identified potential capital projects. The four regions included in this study are a sampling of the vast artistic and cultural potential of northern communities. There is a clear need identified in the reports for more designated space for the continuation of cultural development.

Read more HERE

A Fact-Finder's Guide to Local & Regional Data: How to Find National Statistics
Rural Ontario Institute
The objective of this Guide is to document the data from federal agencies that are available for geographic areas within a province. Some areas are relatively small, lower-tier municipal geographies, and others are larger economic regions. The Guide aims to direct interested researchers, practitioners, residents, and students to data that are relevant for their interests and work. 

There is a need for solid understanding of the data available for different geographic scales and time periods. This Guide strives to address this need and focuses on data provided by Statistics Canada and other federal agencies. ROI believes it will be most useful for those who are not already steeped in the world of data or those who are planning a new study that involves subject areas with which they are not familiar.

Read more HERE.
Version 3: Caring for Heritage Collections During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Canadian Conservation Institute
Heritage institutions are coping with many challenges as the world deals with the COVID-19 pandemic. While collections are not directly at risk, the pandemic complicates their care. This resource compiles information and recommendations to help those who are responsible for ensuring that collections and heritage materials remain safe. CCI recognizes that knowledge about COVID-19 continues to evolve, and will adapt their recommendations as new information becomes available.

Version 3 of this document was released on August 10, 2021.

Read more HERE.

The OMA hosted a webinar with Irene Karsten from CCI regarding caring for heritage collections during the pandemic. View the webinar recording HERE
Developing digitally literate leadership
in heritage organisations
Digital Pathways

This Digital Pathways UK-based resource is for senior leaders in heritage and other cultural organisations – CEOs, directors, trustees and others with management and decision-making roles. It is designed to help you take stock, reflect and develop your personal digital leadership and your organisation’s digital confidence and capacity.

Read more HERE

Study shows people in deprived areas
benefit most from museum visits

A report published on the British Medical Journal’s Open site has identified that the relationships between engagement in community cultural assets – such as visiting a museum or heritage site – and wellbeing were stronger in more deprived areas.

The evidence is based on a three-year study that questioned 14, 783 people from the UK’s adult population. The three authors from the Department of Behavioural Science and Health and Department of Geography at University College London, say this is one of the first large, population-based studies to investigate whether the association between community cultural engagement (CCE) and mental wellbeing varies with local deprivation.

Read more HERE
Read the report HERE

OMA Job Board
Collections Cataloguer
Ontario Black History Society

September 30
$18 - $20/hour

Read more HERE
Audio-Visual and Multimedia Specialist
Canadian Museum of History

September 30
$60,970 - $81,650

Read more HERE
Digitization Coordinator
Niagara-on-the-Lake Museum

September 30

Read more HERE
Project Manager, Development Operations
Art Gallery of Ontario

October 1
$38.01 - $47.5/hour

Read more HERE
Executive Director
Museum London

October 15
$120,000 - $150,000/year

Read more HERE
YCW Program Officer
Canadian Museums Association 

October 29

Read more HERE
 Ontario Museum Jobs
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Support Ontario’s Museums: Donate Now!

As museums across Ontario face the challenges of reopening safely and renewing relationships with your communities, the OMA is here for you. The OMA successfully advocated for federal emergency support funding through the Museums Assistance Program, the early and streamlined release of Community Museum Operating Grant (CMOG) funds in 2020 and 2021, and for an additional $2 million to support digital activities during pandemic closures. Your support, participation, and membership make our work possible.

Representing the interests of over 700 museums, galleries, and heritage sites across the province, the OMA offers regular webinars and professional development opportunities and resources for pandemic recovery. An OMA membership connects you with our network of over 1000 members, provides you with the tools and resources that support your professional practice, and keeps you informed of breaking news about funding opportunities and policy changes via the ONmuseums weekly newsletter and timely eNews alerts.

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