Updated Workplace-related COVID-19 Guidance

Sep 22, 2022
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Need to Know
Updates to workplace-related
COVID-19 guidance

Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development

On Wednesday September 7, 2022, the Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development (MLITSD) and the Ministry of Health (MOH) shared recent changes to workplace-related COVID-19 guidance:

The updated masking guidance offers practical and technical information to:
  • enable employers to better assess the appropriateness and effectiveness of different types and uses of masks
  • help workplaces make the actions they choose more effective
  • support businesses to be prepared to respond quickly, appropriately and with minimal disruption to any/all future waves of COVID-19 
Learn about how to select, care for and use masks to protect workers from COVID-19 HERE.

Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Kieran Moore, announced changes to the general public advice on self-isolation. This is based on updates to the guidance for public health units on the management of cases and contacts of COVID-19 in Ontario which includes the following changes:
OMA Council 2022-23: Call for Nominations
Submit your form and supporting documents before
Monday, September 26, 2022

The Nominations Committee is seeking nominations to Council at the 2022 Annual General Meeting, online on October 28, 2022 at 10am.

Interested and qualified nominees are encouraged to apply, giving consideration to the leadership skills needed for the museum sector’s pandemic recovery. The OMA fosters an environment of inclusivity and collaboration. Nominees must be individual members of the OMA in good standing. The nominator and seconder must also be members in good standing.

The webform, along with supporting documents (a biography/CV and a digital photo of the nominee), should be submitted before Monday, September 26, 2022.
Learn more & submit today!
For inquiries, please call the OMA toll-free at 1-866-662-8672 (ON) or 416-348-8672 (GTA), or send an email to nominations@museumsontario.ca. To confirm that your membership is in good standing, please contact membership@museumsontario.ca.
Save the date - The Ontario Museum Association will hold its 2022 Annual General Meeting online on October 28, 2022 at 10am. Stay tuned for more details! 
Employment Opportunity: 
OMA Professional Development Program Manager

Deadline to Apply: Monday October 3rd, 2022, at 11:59pm ET

The Ontario Museum Association is hiring a Professional Development Program Manager. Working with the Council, staff and members of the Ontario Museum Association, and reporting to the Executive Director, the Professional Development (PD) Program Manager will play a key role in the delivery of timely and engaging learning opportunities for Ontario’s museums that foster the pursuit of excellence in museum practice.

Download the full Position Description HERE. (opens in a new window)

OMA Resources
Upcoming Design Charrette:
Creating a Vision of Museums in a Digital Future
Ontario Museum Association and George Brown College

Thursday September 29, 2022
9:00am – 3:00pm (working lunch)

On behalf of the Ontario Museum Association and George Brown College, we invite you to participate in our design charrette. Working alongside other museum professionals, designers, and industry experts, you will have the opportunity to collaborate, brainstorm and explore new ideas about the future of Ontario museums in a fun and creative environment. Your input and proposals will be used to help us define a roadmap for the digitalization of Ontario museums!

Interested in participating? Click HERE to fill out the form. We thank everyone for their interest. For the best collaborative experience, the number of participants is limited. Selected participants will be sent confirmation and a pre-reading package ahead of the charrette.

Have questions? Please feel free to email us at ksinotte@georgebrown.ca and we will be happy to answer any questions!

We look forward to sharing more about the results of the Design Charrette and the vision for the digitalization of the museum sector at the #OMAConf2022 session on Monday November 21, 2022.

With the Small Bytes initiative, the Ontario Museum Association provides accessible, high-quality online training opportunities to build the digital capacity and skills of Ontario’s smaller and rural museums, to increase accessibility to their collections through digital initiatives. Read more HERE.

The following resources produced by the project are available:
The Digital Strategy - Intention through Application
Corey Timpson: Corey Timpson Design Inc
Mary-Katherine Whelan: Amherstburg Freedom Museum
Digital Strategy: Check List Tool
Corey Timpson
Virtual School Programming - Decision Making for Small Museums
Christina Sydorko: Oil Museum of Canada
Karen Taylor: Canadian Canoe Museum
Michael Furdyk: TakingITGlobal
Virtual School Programming Decision Making Worksheet
Christina Sydorko
Asynchronous Virtual School Programming Workshop
Christina Sydorko: Oil Museum of Canada
Synchronous Virtual School Programming Workshop
Christina Sydorko: Oil Museum of Canada
Let’s get together! As we celebrate the OMA’s 50th Anniversary, the OMA and the Conference Program Committee are thrilled to share a 2022 OMA Annual Conference that is exciting and accessible! Discover the fascinating speakerssessions and exhibitors, and stay tuned for more updates!
See the full Program
Session Highlight: Monday November 7 In-person

One Small Step at a Time: Navigating Museum Space with Mentorship and Peer Support

Speakers: Hanjia Li, Research Assistant, University of Toronto, Jingshu Yao, Historical Interpreter, Toronto History Museums, Madeline Smolarz, Office, Operations, and Financial Manager, Oakville Galleries, Selin Kahramanoğlu, Chair, Group of Ontario Emerging Museum Professionals (GOEMP) Committee

The session is a panel discussion that starts with a short presentation on Jingshu Yao's case study, and then invites marginalized emerging museum professionals in Ontario to share their perspectives on how mentorship has supported them in the past, what could have been done but wasn’t implemented, and how they envision the future of supporting each other in the museum sector.

Read more HERE.

Session Highlight: Monday November 21 Online

Embracing Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Collections Development: A Textile Museum of Canada Case Study

Speakers: Cara Krmpotich, Associate Professor, Faculty of Information, University of Toronto, Julia Brucculieri, Curatorial & Collection Assistant, Textile Museum of Canada, and Roxane Shaughnessy, Senior Curator and Manager of Collection, Textile Museum of Canada

This session will use a case study from the Textile Museum of Canada to address topics such as building active museum collections, adopting EDI-informed policies and practices, and creating a welcoming space to access collections. The presentation illustrates that it is possible to rethink the way collections are presented to our audiences and communities, and hopes to spark conversations on the topic of EDI in relation to collections management.

Read more HERE.

See you in Hamilton! We are thrilled to share the 2022 OMA Study Tours on Tuesday November 8, proceeding the Annual Conference. Explore the local area’s culture and heritage with two engaging tours: Dundas Museum and Archives and Hamilton Civic Museums.
Register today!
The Dundas Experience

Dundas Museum and Archives (Dundas, ON)
Tuesday November 8, 2022
9:30am - 5:00pm

This tour will explore how Dundas Museum and Archives has adapted to better serve and reflect the community in which it is situated. Highlighting the unique challenges faced by the community (a former town amalgamated with Hamilton in 2000) and the significance of Black history in Dundas. Staff will provide insight into exhibition research and development, public programming, collections management, and community partnerships.

Learn about the itinerary and register HERE.

It’s the Little Things: Small Steps Towards Continuous Improvement at the Hamilton Civic Museums

Hamilton, ON
Tuesday November 8, 2022
9:30pm - 5:00pm

Participants will tour the Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology, Whitehern Historic House and Garden, and Dundurn National Historic Site. They will engage with how front-line museum staff have actively worked to translate corporate strategic goals into bite-size, attainable actions, demonstrating how small things can make big improvements to the visitor experience and can help museums tackle big concepts in tangible ways.

Learn about the itinerary and register HERE.

We look forward to gathering with you at OMA Annual Conference!
  • Monday, November 7, 2022 In-person (Hamilton) – select sessions will be live-streamed
  • Tuesday, November 8, 2022 (Hamilton) Study Tours
  • Monday, November 21, 2022 Online – Full day of interactive online sessions
Register today!
Interested in attending the OMA Annual Conference this fall? Consider applying to the Canadian Museums Association Conference Bursary.

Read more HERE.
Learn about Fully Subsidized Registrations HERE.

Book Your Accommodation for the In-person Conference HERE.
Sheraton Hamilton Hotel

Learn about the Health & Wellbeing Policies and Practices HERE.
Learn about the Registration Terms, Conditions & Refund Policy HERE.

Contact Us:
Email: conference@museumsontario.ca
Tel: 416-348-8672
Toll-free in Ontario: 1-866-662-8672
Partners & Exhibitors
* as of September 21 
Jour des Franco-Ontariens et des Franco-Ontariennes
Célébrons le 25 septembre
Assemblée de la francophonie de l’Ontario

Le 25 septembre est d’abord l’anniversaire du premier lever du drapeau franco-ontarien. Tous les ans, ce jour reconnaît la contribution de la communauté francophone de l’Ontario à la vie culturelle, historique, sociale, économique et politique de la province. La proclamation de cette journée est une action concrète de la province pour soutenir la communauté franco-ontarienne.

Vous organisez un événement pour célébrer cette journée? Rendez-vous sur le site.
  • commander des objects promotionnels franco-ontarienne
  • vidéos de divertissement
  • documents à télécharger
  • musique franco-ontarienne
September 25 is the anniversary of the first raising of the Franco-Ontarian flag. Every year, this day recognizes the contribution of the Francophone community of Ontario to the cultural, historical, social, economic and political life of the province. The proclamation of this day is a concrete action by the province to support the Franco-Ontarian community.

Are you organizing an event to celebrate this day? Learn more HERE.
  • order Franco-Ontarian promotional items
  • entertainment videos
  • documents to download
  • Franco-Ontarian music

OMA Resources for Franco-Ontarian Day

From 2015-2016, the OMA brought together experts from Ontario’s museum, heritage and academic institutions to develop #mON400 Musées Ontario Museums: Virtual Museum of Franco-Ontarian Heritage.

The museum is the first ever virtual record of francophone heritage and commemorates 400 years of French presence in Ontario. Over 40 museums and heritage organizations combed through their collections and submitted close to 400 stories, objects, images and archival documents. The bilingual website leads to better understanding the tremendous Francophone contribution to Ontario’s economy, politics, culture and society.

Discover the exhibition, browse the collection and read stories of our Francophone heritage HERE.

External Resources
Upcoming Webinar: Repatriation in Three Acts Webinar
ICOM Canada
September 28, 2022
3:00 - 4:00 PM

Join ICOM Canada for Repatriation in Three Acts. Patricia Allan, Curator of World Cultures at Glasgow Museums, talks about her experiences in the repatriation of artifacts from Nigeria (Benin), India, South Dakota (Cheyenne River and Pine Ridge Nations), Saskatchewan (Lakota) and Scotland.
Read more HERE.
Upcoming Webinar: Marketing Masterclass - Marketing for Events!
Work In Culture
October 4, 2022 (changed from September 29, 2022)
2:00 - 3:30 PM

This information-packed webinar is for arts and heritage organization staff who are interested in learning how they can structure a marketing campaign for their next event!

Join Work In Culture to learn how to make the most of your next event marketing campaign. It will cover some best practices, break down the common elements of a strong campaign, and highlight how you can make the most of the outreach channels available to you!

Read more HERE.
Organizer Information - Ontario Culture Days
September 23rd – October 16th, 2022

The Ontario Culture Days Festival is an annual celebration of arts, culture and heritage taking place each fall across the province. Each year, we work with organizers of all disciplines to produce this province-wide festival. Organizers host programs throughout Ontario and invite the public to participate for free.

Are you interested in acting as an Ontario Culture Days organizer and leading your own festival program?
Read more HERE

CMA Bursaries Program - Conference Bursary
Canadian Museums Association (CMA)

Interested in attending a heritage sector conference this fall? Consider applying to the CMA Conference Bursary! Conference bursaries are given out to assist individuals with the costs of travel, accommodation, per diem and registration fees related to both national and regional museum conferences. In return, applicants will be expected to commit to share their learning knowledge and experience from the conference attended.

Application deadline is one-week prior to the beginning of the event. Applications are assessed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Learn about eligibility and how to apply HERE.

Giving Tuesday
November 29, 2022

The 10th annual GivingTuesday will be taking place November 29, 2022! GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement, taking place each year after Black Friday. The “Opening day of the giving season,” it’s a time when charities, companies and individuals join together and rally for favourite causes. In the same way that retailers take part in Black Friday, the giving community comes together for GivingTuesday.

See how you can participate in GivingTuesday 2022 with these helpful resources!

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
National Residential School Crisis Line offers emotional support and crisis referral services for residential school Survivors and their families. Call the toll-free Crisis Line at 1-866-925-4419. This service is available 24/7.

Telephone and chat-based support and crisis intervention is available to all Indigenous Peoples in Canada, through the Hope and Wellness Help Line. This service is available in English and French, and, upon request, in Cree, Ojibway, and Inuktitut. Call the toll-free Help Line at 1-855-242-3310 or connect online HERE.

Other Resources:
September 30 marks the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Each year, the day honours the children who never returned home and Survivors of residential schools, as well as 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.

To commemorate the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, the Government of Canada is offering a number of free resources for public use:

Learn more about the imagery used in the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation visuals HERE.

Join OMA members and supporters as they host community events in preparation for this year's National Day for Truth and Reconciliation:
September 24: Orange Shirt Beading Workshop
                          Canada Science and Technology                                     Museum
                          In Person
September 27Residential Schools and Healing
                          Lecture - Elder Paul Ritchie
                          Thunder Bay Historical Museum
                          In Person and Virtual

September 27Indigenous Language Revitalization
                          National Arts Centre

September 27Lunch and Learn
                          MacLaren Art Centre
                          In Person

September 28Family Story and Orange Shirt Beading
                          Metis Nation of Ontario

September 28: Mohawk Institute Residential School
                          Woodland Cultural Centre
OMA's 50th Anniversary
2022 is the Ontario Museum Association’s 50th Anniversary! We are celebrating 50 years of advancing a strong museum sector for Ontario with staff and volunteers from the province’s 700 museums, galleries, and heritage sites. To commemorate this occasion, we are hosting a year-long series of online activities, culminating at the OMA Annual Conference 2022 in Hamilton in November.

We welcome everyone to join the celebration of our 50th anniversary
and to visit a museum near you!

Learn more about our 50th Anniversary HERE.
OMA Job Board
Executive Director
Oakville Galleries

Sep 24, 2022
$150,000 to $160,000
Read more HERE.
Programming and Exhibitions Specialist
Workers Arts & Heritage Centre

Sep 30, 2022
Read more HERE.
Special Events Assistant - Heritage, Events & Theatre Operations
Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville

September 27, 2022
$17.82 - $20.05 per hour
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!
In the Media
Steam and Technology museum in Hamilton educates people on how Hamilton became known as the “Electric City”
Simcoe County Museum celebrates 100 years of Simcoe County Forest
Nominations sought for Orillia Regional Arts and Heritage Awards
Glengarry Pioneer Museum’s Living History weekend offers a glimpse of life as it was during the War of 1812
Newly Named "Josiah Henson Museum of African-Canadian History" Renews Interest in a Black History Icon
Museum of Lennox & Addington and Macpherson House to Participate in Doors Open
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. Your support, participation, and membership make our work possible.

If you are already an OMA member, thank you! Please renew your membership when you receive an email reminder. If you are not yet a member, please consider an individual, institutional, or commercial membership for yourself, your colleagues, or your institution. You can find information about member categories and benefits on our website.

You can make a donation to the OMA on our website or through Canada Helps. Every contribution adds to the collective strength of our sector. Thank you for your support!

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

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