Updated COVID-19 Screening Tools for Workplaces

Jul 22, 2021
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Need to Know
Workplace Screening Tools Update

The following COVID-19 screening tools have been updated to align with the requirements in O.Reg 364/20: Rules for Areas at Step 3. Please read the following material for information on how these changes apply to your organization.
  • The COVID-19 Screening Tool for Businesses and Organizations (Screening Patrons) has been updated to align with requirements for patron screening per Step 3, and wording has been clarified from the previous version. The tool can be accessed online or downloaded (PDF) from the Ontario government website.
  • The COVID-19 Screening Tool for Businesses and Organizations (Screening Workers) has been updated. The tool can be accessed online or downloaded (PDF) from the Ontario government website.
  • The COVID-19 Signage Questions for Businesses and Organizations (Signage Instructions) has been simplified. The instructions can be downloaded (PDF) from the Ministry of Health COVID-19 Guidance for the Health Sector website.
Workplace Vaccination Policies

In yesterday's #MuseumsConnectON Member Check-In, a question was raised about developing vaccination policies for employers and volunteers: 
  • Aird & Berlis LLP has a recorded webinar on workplace vaccination policies HERE.
  • Charity Village has an article on workplace vaccination policies HERE. 
Federal Government announces initial
border re-opening plan

On August 9, 2021, at 12:01 a.m. EDT, fully vaccinated citizens and permanent residents of the United States (U.S.), currently residing in the U.S., will be permitted to enter Canada for discretionary (non-essential) travel. Entry to Canada will continue to be prohibited for U.S. travellers who are not fully vaccinated and for all other foreign nationals, unless they already meet an exemption set out in the Orders made under the Quarantine Act.

On September 7, 2021, provided that Canada’s COVID-19 epidemiology remains favourable, the Government intends to open Canada’s borders for discretionary travel by travellers from any country who have been fully vaccinated with Government of Canada-accepted vaccines at least 14 days prior to entering Canada and who meet specific entry requirements.

Read the News Release HERE.
OMA Resources
Emergency Planning and Risk Management Resources

Your membership in the Ontario Museum Association grants you access to a variety of resources to support your professional practice and the work of your institution. See a selection of resources for Emergency Planning and Risk Management available to OMA members below:

Emergency Planning and Risk Management:
See all Conservation Resources HERE!
At the OMA
Thursday, August 12, 2021
10:00am - 11:00am 

Join 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.

Register HERE
Work with us!

The OMA has two positions with applications open below:

Advocacy Assistant - Young Canada Works
Deadline: Jul 26, 2021
Learn more HERE.

Learning and Recognition Assistant - Young Canada Works
Deadline: Sep 05, 2021
Learn more HERE.
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 and 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!
Welcome to the OMA!

The OMA is pleased to introduce a few new faces and names you might see in emails, webinars, or virtual meetings!
Jennifer A. Lee
Membership and Administration Coordinator

Jennifer A. Lee joins the OMA as Membership and Administration Coordinator. Jennifer holds a Master of Museum Studies from the University of Toronto (2018) and a BA in Classical Archaeology from the University of Oxford. She has previously worked with arts and arts service organizations including the Association for Opera in Canada, the Canadian Alliance of Dance Artists – East Chapter, and Theatre Museum Canada. Jennifer is looking forward to supporting Ontario’s museum and heritage sector through her work at the OMA!
With thanks to the Young Canada Works program, the OMA is also joined by three interns this summer: 
Natasha Jorge-Moore
Professional Development Assistant

Natasha is the Professional Development Assistant at the OMA this summer as part of the Young Canada Works program. She is a recent graduate of the Creative Industries program at Ryerson University, and plans to attend the Arts Administration and Cultural Management program at Humber College in the fall. Natasha has a background volunteering with various arts organisations in Toronto such as the Gardiner Museum, which sparked her interest in working with the OMA. In the future she aspires to work in a leadership capacity in the arts and culture sector, and within that field she is particularly passionate about education and public programming.
Aysha Terra Turgeon
Membership Assistant

Aysha is the Membership Assistant at the OMA this summer as part of the Young Canada Works program. She is a B.A. candidate at the University of Toronto, earning a Specialist in Arts Management with a double Minor in Anthropology and Studio Art. Having trained in various dance styles since a young age, she has developed a passion for dance and believes that art has the power to transform people and create social change. In addition to cultivating her own artistic practice, Aysha has interned at the Dance Umbrella of Ontario, and worked as Administrative Assistant at Kaeja d’Dance.

Emily Fu
Communications Assistant

Emily is the Communications Assistant at the OMA this summer as part of the Young Canada Works program. She holds a B.A. in History of Art from the University of Toronto and will be pursuing an MSc in Global Premodern Art at the University of Edinburgh this fall. Emily has a background working in arts organizations such as the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, as well as in publishing, and in research. In the future, she hopes to continue to work in the museum sector, particularly in education and curation.
Members in the News 
Woodland Cultural Centre announces complete funding for Phase 3 restoration
Bytown Museum to remain closed this summer due to COVID-19
Science North, Indigenous Tourism working together to inform, educate, inspire
$50,000 grant allows Muskoka Lakes Museum to focus more on stories behind artifacts
Stratford Perth Museum's new outdoor stage nearly ready to host Canada Arts Music Festival
The ROM marks its reopening to the public with an exhibit on the biggest and most mysterious animals around
External Resources
COVID-19 State of the Ontario Nonprofit Sector:
One Year Later

Ontario Nonprofit Network

The Ontario Nonprofit Network's new report with partner Assemblée de la francophonie de l’Ontario (AFO) has the latest data from our province-wide survey on the state of the nonprofit sector one year after the pandemic began.

Nearly 3,000 organizations from across the province responded to the survey. The data affirms that the sector is resilient in the face of challenging times and has been able to adapt in order to serve their communities. The survey results also help illuminate a path forward with policy and supports that will meet the needs of our diverse sector.

Key Takeaways:
  1. More demand, big revenue loss: Almost two-thirds of nonprofits experienced an increase in demands for programs and services. At the same time, half reported pandemic-related losses in revenue.
  2. Federal and provincial government supports have been fragmented and inadequate, with only a minority of nonprofits supported by government emergency relief measures. Smaller organizations and those without paid staff especially were left to sink or swim.
  3. Data reveals an uneven experience across the sector and regions.
  4. Nonprofits lost a massive number of volunteers during the crisis.
  5. ONN has five policy recommendations to help the sector rebuild in a just and sustainable way.
Read the report and the ONN's policy recommendations HERE.
Recording: Travel Intention & Motivator Research Webinar
Destination Ontario

Destination Ontario partnered with Forum Research to conduct a province-wide online panel survey with a random sample size of 3,242 Ontarians. The research findings include the “travel within Ontario” market and summary of the characteristics of Ontario’s highest revenue-generating segments. The research findings show travel motivations, attitudes to travel and to Ontario as a destination, specific planned activities (product), travel behaviour, information sources/media consumption, and opportunities for promoting Ontario travel overall and within the top revenue-generating segments.

A recording of the Travel Intention & Motivator Research Webinar which took place on July 14, 2021 is now available HERE.
Webinar Passcode: ^y5$iCnz

To download a presentation summary, please click HERE.
Recording: Gathering of the Heritage Sector
National Trust for Canada

The recording of the Gathering of the Heritage Sector - Federal Budget / Federal Action 2022- What's the Ask? session which took place on July 15, 2021 is now available HERE.

You can also access a copy of the Chat HERE

Recording: Preparing for the Return to the Arts
The fifth edition of the ARTS provided valuable insights into culture-goers’ sentiments toward the return to in-person activities and their views on corporate sponsorship within the arts. The session also features a response panel with arts leaders from across the country, who share their recent experiences managing relationships with sponsors, partners and donors. They discuss new approaches, strategies for progressing partnerships and key considerations as we plan for reopening.

Watch the recording HERE.

Report: Arts Response Tracking Survey

This third tracking survey provides insights into the obstacles preventing culture-goers’ participation in the arts and examines their comfort levels with purchasing single tickets or memberships and subscriptions to their favourite arts organizations in 2021.

The Arts Response Tracking Survey is undertaken as a partnership with Business / Arts, the National Arts Centre and Nanos Research, and polled over 1,000 Canadians to gauge their attitudes on returning to and supporting the arts across Canada.

Read the report HERE.
Reconciling Indigenous Heritage
Heritage Mississauga

Heritage Mississauga hosted Gimaa (Chief) R. Stacey Laforme during the Heritage Mississauga AGM on June 27, 2021 for a presentation entitled Reconciling Indigenous Heritage. Gimaa (Chief) Laforme discussed current issues and discoveries that have, and continue to, affect Indigenous communities and Canada as a Nation.

A powerful and honest speaker, Gimaa Laforme shares many insights, stories and poetry, including the poem below, during the presentation. The recording has been freely shared on Heritage Mississauga's YouTube channel

OMA Job Board
Wage Transparency and
Salary Disclosure Policy 

As outlined in Ontario’s Museums 2025: Strategic Vision and Action Plan (Effective and Collaborative Workforce, p.7), the OMA is committed to advancing an effective, collaborative and inclusive museum workforce and a museum sector that is vital to community life and the well-being of Ontarians. We believe that equity in recruitment and employment, and access to decent work are essential to helping museum professionals and organizations thrive. 
To support fair employment practices, the OMA is implementing a wage transparency policy for the OMA Job Board.
  • All job postings must include salary, salary range, hourly wage, or other remuneration information for the position.
  • The OMA reserves the right to withhold or remove the postings if salary, salary range, hourly wage, or other remuneration information is not provided.
The OMA encourages all of its members to adhere to the principle of wage transparency and to disclose salary information in all job postings on all platforms.
The OMA’s wage transparency policy was developed in partnership with the Group of Ontario Emerging Museum Professionals (GOEMP) and in consideration of the Ontario Nonprofit Network Decent Work Movement and Ontario’s Pay Transparency Act.
Questions? Email membership@museumsontario.ca
Digital Engagement Assistant
Guelph Museums

July 25
$18.23/ hr
Read more HERE.

Museum Operations Manager
Lang Pioneer Village Museum

July 30
$38.55 - $48.19 ($70,166 - $87,707 annually)

Read more HERE.


Development Coordinator, Donor Relations
Art Gallery of Ontario

July 30
$40,000 - $50,000/ year

Read more HERE.


Public Programmer
St. Catharines Museum & Welland Canals Centre

July 31
$22.85 - $26.93/ hr

Read more HERE.


Repatriation Research Assistant
Canadian Museum of History

August 1
$48,801 - $63,105/ year

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.

We're Here to Help!

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

Marie G. Lalonde
Executive Director

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