Vaccination Policy Resources for Nonprofits

Aug 26, 2021
Need to Know
Webinar: An Introduction to Human-Centred Design & Creative Problem Solving with Overlap

Tuesday, August 31, 2021
10:00am - 11:30am

Join Overlap's Vice President & General Manager for Overlap Associates Canada, Rachel Hofstetter, in a webinar that will introduce the principles of Creative Problem Solving and the mindset needed to approach this work with confidence! Beginning with an introduction to Human-Centred Design, participants will learn about applied examples from a variety of sectors and leave with practical tips for getting started right away in their own organizations.  

Register HERE.

Rachel Hofstetter
Vice President & General Manager
Overlap Associates

Rachel Hofstetter is a strong leader with exceptional management, business and people skills. She’s a natural coach who inspires people to work collaboratively toward new outcomes, while developing organizational cultures that support continuous learning and innovation. With 20+ years experience as a senior manager, facilitator, trainer, course developer and account director—Rachel has always valued the importance of empathy and understanding needs as the basis for good decision-making. Rachel honed her training and course development expertise at Bell Canada, and has held a variety of senior management positions leading large teams in the private sector.
Certificate in Museum Studies Revision
Survey: We want to hear from you!
Deadline: September 3rd, 2021

The OMA is undertaking a revision of its Certificate in Museum Studies (CMS), with consulting team Nordicity in association with Pure & Applied. As part of this process, we want to hear from you!
Please click here to access the survey.

This survey will help us to shape the CMS curriculum to respond to the current needs of the sector and incorporate contemporary practices in museology.
Rest assured that all survey responses collected as part of this study will be held confidentially by Nordicity on secure, Canadian-based servers. Individual responses will never be shared with the Ontario Museum Association or anyone else.
If you have any questions regarding the content of the survey or require any accommodation to complete the survey please contact Megan Lynch, Senior Consultant, Nordicity at The survey questionnaire should take between 10-15 minutes to complete. Be sure to finish your response before Friday, September 3rd.
Thank you in advance for your contribution to this revision process!
Complete the Survey
OMA Resources
To support museums in the coming weeks, please find collected resources below for important upcoming dates: 
Reopening Museums Safely and Vaccination Policies
Webinar Recording: Reopening Museums Safely with PSHSA

Watch Public Services Health and Safety Association (PSHSA) Health and Safety Consultants Rob Oliver and Janice Gallant discuss 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:

  • Overviews the Provincial Step 3 Reopening Requirements for Museums.
  • Identifies protective strategies, measures and resources to support a healthy and safe reopening for you and your visitors. 
  • Provides the opportunity to discuss key questions related to the application of the requirements in a museum setting.

Watch the recording HERE
Download Rob and Janice's presentation slides HERE.
Download a template Workplace Safety Plan HERE

Vaccination Policy Resources
Ontario Nonprofit Network
Ontario Nonprofit Network (ONN) hosted a webinar, "What to consider when thinking about your vaccination policy", featuring speakers James LeNoury of LeNoury Law and Kirstin Grant of Canadian Mental Health Association - Ontario. The ONN has made the webinar recording and related resources available to the wider nonprofit sector as a valuable resource.

Enter your email to receive the webinar recording HERE
Download presentation slides HERE.
Download a Frequently Asked Questions sheet HERE.
ONN's COVID-19 HR Resources for Nonprofits HERE

September 20- Canada Federal Election 2021
How to Engage in Federal Election 2021: Rules for Charities & Nonprofits
Imagine Canada
"Election campaigns are a great time to engage in public conversation on all manner of issues. On September 20th, the next government will receive a mandate from voters, and our sector in particular is well-positioned to promote the interests of communities to both the public and to those who will soon be tasked with approving and implementing public policy for the critical few years to come. In recent years, some of the rules of engagement for charities and nonprofits during federal election campaign periods have changed."

Read more HERE.
Elections Canada Questions and Answers for Third Parties HERE.
Ontario Nonprofit Network Policy Recommendations for Federal Election 2021
Ontario Nonprofit Network (ONN) has identified four key federal recommendations in the lead-up to the federal election:
  1. Stabilize the nonprofit sector to ensure its critical infrastructure remains strong for rebuilding Canada
  2. Establish a home in government for the nonprofit sector
  3. Partner with nonprofits for better community-led solutions
  4. Create multiple pathways for women to grow and thrive in women-majority sectors and occupations to advance gender equity

Read more HERE.

OMA Submission for Federal Budget 2022
The Ontario Museum Association is working with colleagues from Canada's National, Provincial and Territorial Museums Associations (NPTMAs) to communicate with Canada's federal parties in advance of the Federal Election on September 20. A key point of advocacy is the National Museum Policy, which will be key to supporting all of our work, including for Reconciliation, Inclusion, and Climate Justice. 
Please read our submission for the upcoming 2022 Federal Budget HERE
September 30 - National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
National Day for Truth and Reconciliation 
Resources for September 30

September 30 has been designated the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, as per the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action #80: “We call upon the federal government, in collaboration with Aboriginal peoples, to establish, as a statutory holiday, a National Day for Truth and Reconciliation to honour Survivors, their families, and communities, and ensure that public commemoration of the history and legacy of residential schools remains a vital component of the reconciliation process.”

We encourage our members to listen to and amplify the voices of Indigenous peoples and communities. Retired senator Murray Sinclair, former chairman of the Indian Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation Commission, spoke to Maclean's regarding reconciliation and colonial systems, which you can read HERE

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.

October 19 - Ontario Not-for-Profit Corporations Act (ONCA) Takes Effect
ONCA Legislation to be Proclaimed
Ontario Nonprofit Network
"The Ontario Not-for-Profit Corporations Act (ONCA) will be proclaimed on October 19, 2021. This legislation, over ten years in the process and ONN’s founding issue is the enabling corporate legal framework for most nonprofits incorporated under provincial law. Nonprofits will have three years after the proclamation to transition to the new rules."

Read more HERE.
Future Law: ONCA
Nonprofit Law Ontario
"The Government of Ontario has said that Ontario’s Not-for-Profit Corporations Act (ONCA) will replace Ontario’s Corporations Act on October 19, 2021. While existing nonprofits must change their articles or letters patent to comply with ONCA, they are not required to pass new bylaws. However, it’s a good idea to update your bylaws. If you don’t, your nonprofit will have a set of bylaws that don’t reflect the rules that apply to your nonprofit."

For steps about how to prepare for the ONCA, read more HERE.
Members in the News 
Museum Windsor receives Memorial Cross for anniversary of Dieppe Raid
Thunder Bay Museum lands items from estates of author Sheila Burnford, artist Susan Ross
Aurora Museum & Archives' partnered contest for Korean War memorial design won by student
Muskoka Lakes Museum designates a nearly century-old home in Port Carling as historic
External Resources
Accessibility in Creative Spaces: A Toolkit for Ontario Arts Organizations
ArtsBuild Ontario
In this toolkit, ArtsBuild Ontario provides some basic resources about accessibility legislation in Ontario, including the AODA and Design of Public Spaces Standards, Ontario Building Code and Human Rights Code. While this toolkit will provide resources for best practices in the built environment, it will also focus on experiential accessibility, including how arts organizations are going beyond the built environment to offer inclusive space.

Resources in this toolkit are taken from Ontario, Canada, and international sources. While readers can glean best practices from other examples beyond our province, it is important to note the responsibility to follow accessibility laws pertaining to Ontario and Canada. All topics and resources have been identified and supported by an Accessibility Advisory Committee, all of whom are leaders in the arts sector, as well as DesignABLE Environments. This toolkit is supported by the Government of Ontario.

Read more HERE.
Health & Wellbeing in Museums Toolkit
The Beaney House of Art and Knowledge, UK
The Beaney has created a brand new Health and Wellbeing in Museums Toolkit which provides the reader with a step by step process for planning health and wellbeing activities in museum spaces!

The toolkit was piloted with local museums and developed with their feedback, which was incorporated into the final document alongside case studies from The Beaney, Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust and The Amelia. It also includes input from volunteers, participants and facilitators at The Beaney.

Read more HERE.
Who Includes Whom? Listening, Before (Story) Telling in Museums
By: Anna Chiara Cimoli, ICOM Voices
The art of listening seems to be a key skill for our times, in response to a dominant ‘us and them’ narrative which fails to take into account human diversity.

Intercultural dialogue is called for to remove emphasis from the question of mere ‘ethnicity’ – not to deny its importance, but, on the contrary, to take ‘diversity' as a constitutive datum for each society. It is a framework to create a sense of belonging and shared civil objectives, public spaces and platforms for dialogue. How can museums play their part in this scenario? 

Read more HERE.
Curating for Change: Disabled People Leading in Museums
By Esther Fox and Jane Sparkes, UK
This report begins to explore where the UK is now in terms of engaging D/deaf, disabled and neurodivergent people with museums and urges the sector to proactively consider ways to increase this engagement, capitalising on the momentous shifts that have occurred during the past year, and preventing regression towards the long-held status quo. Over the coming months and years, they will build a suite of resources and will be reaching out to others to share best practice and positive actions for the museum sector.

Read more HERE.
OMA Job Board

Office, Operations, and Financial Manager
Oakville Galleries

August 31
$50,000 - $60,000/year

Read more HERE

Director, Indigenous Affairs and Decolonization
National Gallery of Canada

September 1

Read more HERE.



Program Manager – Canadian Heritage Inventory
Canadian Heritage

September 2
PM-05: $85,476 - $92,412/year  
PM-06: $100,220 - $114,592/year

Read more HERE


Social Media and Digital Content Coordinator
McMichael Canadian Art Collection

September 6
$43,000 - $45,000/year

Read more HERE.


Development Officer
Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre

September 7
$68,000 - $80,000/year

Read more HERE.


Executive Director
Museum London

September 10
$42,000 - $48,000/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!
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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.

If you are already an OMA member, thank you! Please renew your membership when you receive an email reminder.

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