Reopen Your Museum Safely

Jul 29, 2021
Need to Know
Webinar: Reopening Museums Safely with PSHSA

Thursday, August 12, 2021
10:00am - 11:00am 
Join Public Services Health and Safety Association (PSHSA) Health and Safety Consultants Rob Oliver and Janice Gallant for a webinar about how to reopen museums safely in your roles as both workplaces and public attractions.

The goal of this webinar is to provide information that supports a healthy, safe and successful re-opening of museums. The one hour webinar will:
  • Overview the Provincial Step 3 Reopening Requirements for Museums.
  • Identify protective strategies, measures and resources to support a health and safe reopening for you and your visitors. 
  • Provide the opportunity to discuss key questions related to the application of the requirements in a museum setting.

Register HERE


Janice Gallant, RN, CRSP, CHSC, COHN(C)  
Health and Safety Consultant, GTA, Central West
Public Services Health and Safety Association

Janice is a Registered Nurse and Certified Registered Safety Professional with over 30 years of experience.  She holds a certificate in Health and Safety from Ryerson University, as well as a certificate in Occupational Health Nursing. She has worked as an Occupational Health Nurse, Health and Safety Manager, and as a Health and Safety Consultant in a variety of public and private organizations.  Janice is an Education & Culture Sector Health and Safety Consultant at Public Services Health and Safety Association.  In her role she has used her expertise and experience to provide consulting and training over the last 20 years to schoolboard, colleges, universities, museums, art centres, and libraries.  She recently worked on a project to prepare Ontario Covid-19 Sector Specific Guidance documents for the Education Sector.  She has also assisted various clients in completion of their Covid-19 risk assessments and development of safety plans. 
Rob Oliver, HBSc, MHSc, CRSP
Health and Safety Consultant
Public Services Health and safety Association

Rob has been a health and safety professional in Ontario for over 25 years, primarily working in the government and education sectors. He currently works as a Health and Safety Field Consultant with the Public Services Health and Safety Association, serving education, museum and library sector clients in central and eastern Ontario. Rob completed an honour’s science degree in kinesiology with a specialty in ergonomics and occupational biomechanics as well as a master’s degree in occupational hygiene. This educational foundation combined with years of safety experience, has allowed him to successfully collaborate with employers and workers, address complex safety issues, while ensuring worker safety and legislative compliance. During the COVID pandemic, Rob has been primarily working with various provincial ministries to assist them with their preparations for returning to in-person service. This work has involved conducting COVID risk assessments at courthouses, MLTSD examination centres and Legal Aid Ontario offices throughout the province, as well as assisting with the preparation of provincial health and safety guidance documents for the education sector.
Government of Canada Survey of
Heritage Institutions 

How has your heritage organization or site been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic?
The Department of Canadian Heritage is conducting the Government of Canada Survey of Heritage Institutions for the 2020 data year. The purpose of this year’s survey is to gain economic and sector characteristic data with particular emphasis on the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on Canada’s heritage sector. Survey results will be used to monitor changes in the sector, measure performance, and make comparisons to other data sources to better understand the sector as well as assist in the development of national and regional policies and programs.
Canadian Heritage will be sending out the survey on the week of August 2nd via email. It has been streamlined to ensure user-friendliness and quick responses. We ask that you please take time to answer the survey, as each response is needed in order to accurately measure the effects of last year’s pandemic on the heritage sector. For more information about the survey, please email the Department of Canadian Heritage at  or telephone 343-548-9144.

Government of Canada Survey of Heritage Institutions (GCSHI)
Heritage Policy and Programs Branch
Department of Canadian Heritage, Government of Canada
25 Eddy Street, Gatineau, Quebec, K1A-0M5

Vaccination Policies and Certificates
Ontario Nonprofit Network

Debate over vaccine certificates continues
The Ontario science table has issued a new brief supporting the implementation of a vaccine passport system and laying out considerations. The publication follows advocacy by many health care professional groups and business groups for a vaccine confirmation system or “vaccine passport.” So far, the Ontario government has stated that it is not interested in developing a passport, pointing to the federal government’s role and the availability of downloadable receipts for those who have received their shots. The federal government has punted the responsibility back to the provinces, and Manitoba and Quebec have announced plans. According to Queens Park Today, the Ontario government did focus group the idea with business owners in January. In the absence of a provincial policy on vaccination certificates in workplaces and community spaces, nonprofits are encouraged to keep in mind their obligations to have a safety plan and the requirement to protect the privacy of health information.

Webinar: What to consider when thinking about your vaccination policy
Ontario Nonprofit Network

Wednesday, August 11, 2021
1:00pm - 2:00pm

Are you wondering if your nonprofit should have a vaccination policy? Are you looking for guidance on legal obligations and managing risk related to vaccinated/unvaccinated staff or clients?

Attend this webinar to understand the legal issues with respect to having a vaccination policy. The different groups nonprofits engage with like volunteers and clients will be covered, along with employees. There will also be guidance on how to determine legal and appropriate protocols for staff and program participants regarding vaccines and program safety.

*ONN Members receive complimentary tickets to all ONN webinars. If you did not receive your complimentary link, please email Communications Coordinator, Rishit at

Register HERE.

Workplace Vaccinations Resources
  • Aird & Berlis LLP has a recorded webinar on workplace vaccination policies HERE.
  • Charity Village has an article on workplace vaccination policies HERE.
Upcoming Funding Deadlines
OMA Professional Development
OMA Awards of Excellence Nominations Deadline Extended: August 9, 2021
There is Still Time to Recognize Inspiring Individuals!

The deadline for nominations to the Awards of Excellence 2021 has been extended until August 9, 2021 for the following Award category:

  • Promising Leadership

Step up to thank those colleagues that are dedicated to supporting and energizing our community. Self-nominations are also encouraged!

Learn more HERE.
Submit your nomination HERE.

"Decision-Making in the Museum
Present and Future."

Announcing the OMA's
2021-2022 Professional Development Series:


The OMA is launching a new, year-long professional development series that will explore the theme of Decision-Making in The Museum Present and Future. This series will feature Member Check-ins and Webinars designed with input from the community, and in response to members’ evolving needs and priorities.
Each session will offer a unique opportunity to explore some of the critical program-level, big picture, and personal career choices that the museum workers are presented with in a rapidly shifting landscape.
Call for Proposals: Participate in shaping the 2021-2022 professional development series.
We are currently seeking proposals and topic suggestions for Member Check-ins and Webinars. With the OMA Annual Conference taking a different form this year, this is your chance to tell us about what matters to you and to share your work!
About the Theme:
“Decision-Making in the Museum Present and Future.”

This theme responds to the need for both practical program-level decision-making and prioritization and the need for big-picture institutional and sectoral discussions about the decisions we make in order to create change. It also allows for discussion of the choices that individuals make in their careers.
During the past year we heard from museum professionals at member check-ins and in PD evaluations that they wanted to hear from their colleagues about how they were adapting to the constantly changing pandemic environment. What were they doing, how and why? And did it work?
We have also heard calls for change to make museums more socially responsible organizations. How are museums changing the way they make decisions so that the future looks different from the past?
We need your help making these connections!
Do you have a suggestion for a topic or speaker that you would like the OMA to pursue?
Are you interested in leading a Webinar or facilitating a Member Check-in?
Read more and submit a proposal or speaker suggestion HERE!

Upcoming OMA Dates
August 12, 10am: Webinar: Reopening Museums Safely with PSHSA. Register HERE.

August 31, 10am: Webinar with Overlap Associates: An Introduction to Human-Centred Design & Creative Problem Solving. Save the date!

September 20: Start date: CMS: Collections Management. Read more HERE.

September 27: Start date: CMS: Museums & the Community. Read more HERE.
Other PD Opportunities
Webinar: How to Use Design Thinking to Advance Your Social Impact Career in the
Post-COVID Era

Charity Village
Thursday, August 26, 2021
1:00pm - 2:00pm

In helping hundreds of professionals transition their careers for social impact, the MovingWorlds Institute has found that changing or accelerating your career is actually a series of incremental steps, rather than one big scary leap. Join Charity Vilage on August 26th for an interactive workshop with MovingWorlds Institute Director Cole Hoover, where you’ll get to learn about these concepts in real-time using examples that you can apply to your own career.

Key takeaways from this webinar include:
  • Learn two new frameworks – design thinking and human-centered design, and how they can be used together to drive lasting change
  • Learn how to apply these frameworks to your own career path with an interactive activity in a shared Mural virtual whiteboard
  • Learn about additional tools and resources to help you continue building momentum for your own career growth
Remember, if you can't attend the live session, just register anyway and you will sent the full video recording by email.

Read more and register HERE.
Environmental Management During the Pandemic: Field Study Results
RIT Image Permanence Institute

In an effort to understand how changes in mechanical system operations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic impacted collections environments across institutions, IPI launched a field study through an online submission platform from October through November 2020.

Nineteen questions sought to address the role of environmental management at institutions, document changes made to mechanical system operations in response to the pandemic, and collect observed impacts to collections environments resulting from the changes implemented. The results demonstrated a high level of successful implementation of sustainable operations among respondents, especially when coupled with a quality, cross-disciplinary environmental management program.

If you have any questions or comments on the field study, or would like to inquire about available resources to develop a sustainable environmental management program, please contact Kelly Krish, Preventive Conservation Specialist, at

Read the report HERE.
Free Policy Engagement coaching
available to nonprofits


Innoweave at the McConnell Foundation is offering a Policy Engagement coaching stream, which supports organizations looking to advance policy goals and to engage decision makers across sectors. The next Expression of Interest round is coming up in August.

Read more HERE.


Applications Open: artsvest Volunteer Mentors

Business / Arts

Business / Arts is actively recruiting mentors for the artsvest program to share their expertise with participating organizations through group webinars and individualized one-on-one mentorship sessions. It is a meaningful way for arts and business leaders to support the arts community, network with other leaders from across Canada and share their wealth of knowledge in the sector. 

artsvest is Business / Arts' national mentorship training program designed to build capacity in Canada’s cultural sector. The program provides small to medium arts, culture and heritage organizations with resources, expertise and training in marketing, board governance and sponsorship.

To become a mentor, please complete the Mentor Statement of Interest and we will follow up with further information. If you have any questions about the artsvest Mentorship program, please contact Jessica Vellenga, Associate National Director at

Read more HERE.

In the Media
Wallaceburg and District Museum receives $15,538 in provincial funding targeting museums, libraries and First Nations across Lambton-Kent-Middlesex
St Catharine Museum to highlight descendants of Underground Railroad in photo exhibit
Haliburton Highlands Museum reacts to Ontario’s Step 3 reopening
Thunder Bay Museum opens doors to the public once again
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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