Video on 50th Anniversary

Aug 11, 2022
Need to Know
Digital Access to Heritage fund
Deadline: September 1st

The Digital Access to Heritage component of The Museums Assistance Program (MAP), provides funding to heritage organizations to digitize collections and make them available to the public, develop digital content and build their capacity in these areas.

Application Deadline:
September 1, 2022 for projects taking place between Sept. 1, 2022 and Mar. 31, 2024
Who Can Apply:
Indigenous governing bodies or Indigenous organizations, incorporated non-profit Canadian museums, museums associations or incorporated non-profit Canadian service organizations whose membership relates to the museum sector, Incorporated non-profit Canadian museums without a permanent physical space.

Review the Application guidelines HERE.
Contact your Regional office to discuss your project and request an application package.
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!
2022: A Celebration of OMA's 50th Anniversary
Watch a video message!
Dr. Sascha Priewe

Councillor, Ontario Museum Association
Director of Collections & Public Programs, Aga Khan Museum

We want to hear from you!

Share a congratulatory video message to mark this commemorative occasion.

  • What does the OMA mean to you?
  • Tell us about a fond memory you have of the OMA.
  • With the OMA’s support, my museum/I was able to…
  • What is your future wish for the OMA and/or Ontario museums?
  • I am proud to be an OMA member because…
  • Why are Ontario museums important?

We plan to share these messages throughout our anniversary year across digital platforms and feature a video compilation at the OMA Annual Conference 2022.

Read more and submit your message HERE.

Submit your message
For the past 50 years, the OMA has advocated for the vital role of Ontario's museums to society, promoted emerging best practices through professional development, strengthened a collaborative network of Ontario museums, and fostered a culture of innovation and excellence. Its members have shaped and embraced the nature of museum work in service of their communities

The OMA fulfills its mandate through our ongoing roles as an advocate, convenor, professional body and thought leader. Throughout our Anniversary year, we will feature highlights from past projects, initiatives and events.
As advocates, we provide leadership on key and developing areas of importance to museums. We work with all levels of government, funders, cultural leaders and the general public to strengthen awareness of shared values and support for museums. Initiatives like Ontario Museums at Queen’s Park create great opportunities for members to speak directly with provincial representatives on the valuable contributions of museums to communities as well as their needs and potential. Since 2000, May is Museum Month / Mai, Mois des Musées, celebrates museums across the province and their vital role in communities, while kicking-off the summer tourism season. The #mON400 Musées Ontario Museums initiative (2015-2016), offered the first ever virtual record of francophone heritage in celebration of 400 years of French presence in Ontario.

Over the last 50 years, the OMA has endeavored to strengthen relationships with governments and funders to influence policy that supports museums and results in increased funding. With regular data collection, the Association has been able to present analysis on the Ontario museum for sector improvement. For example, the Community Museums Operating Grant (CMOG) Snapshot publication resulted in doubling of the funding envelope to $5 million.

Additionally, during the pandemic, the OMA carried-out two COVID-19 Impact Surveys to collect up-to-date and sector-specific information on the impacts of COVID-19 on Ontario’s museums. From these surveys, the white paper, Exhibiting Resilience: Empowering Ontario’s community museums for strategic recovery, was published, serving to inform both provincial and federal governments' pandemic support programs, such as: the Ontario Trillium Foundation's Resilient Communities Fund, the $2 million Ontario Digital Capacity fund, and substantial federal government pandemic emergency and reopening funding programs.

The OMA will continue to work with Ontario's Regional Museum Networks (RMN) and the national, provincial and territorial museums associations (NPTMA) on a new National Museums Policy for Canada and the review and renewal of Ontario's museum funding model for all museums serving communities across the province.

Read more HERE.
Looking Back: Meetings with government and elected officials
Photos: (left to right) 1. Clark Bernat (former OMA President, Culture & Museums Manager at Niagara Falls Museums), Marie Lalonde (Executive Director at the OMA), Michael Coteau (Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, 2014-2016), and Yves Theoret (former OMA President, Deputy Director at Montreal Museum of Fine Arts), 2. Eleanor McMahon (Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, 2016-2018) with OMA Council, 3. Premier Kathleen Wynne and Michael Coteau at Franco-fête, Ontario 400th Celebrations Program 4. The Honourable Pablo Rodriguez (Minister of Canadian Heritage); Jennifer Forsyth (ED/CEO of the Alberta Museums Association), Marie Lalonde and Lynn Saffery (Vice-President or British Columbia Museums Association), 5. Jennifer K. French (MPP), Jill Andrew (MPP), Alexander Gates (former OMA Councillor), Marie Lalonde, and Andrea Horwath (MPP), 6. Cathy Molloy (OMA President), Marie Lalonde, Michael Tibollo (Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, 2018-2019), Petal Furness (former OMA President) and Alexander Gates, 7. Michael Chan (Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, 2010-2014), Marie Lalonde, and Yves Theoret.
Provincial News
Ontario Liberal Party announces new critic roles for the Ontario Liberal caucus

On Monday August 8, 2022, John Fraser, Interim Leader of the Ontario Liberal Party and MPP for Ottawa South, announced new critic roles for the Ontario Liberal caucus leading into the next legislative session.

“The Ontario Liberal Caucus is a strong team full of energy and experience,” said Fraser. “We will continue to fight for the things Ontarians count on, such as a strong publicly funded health care system, great schools, a clean and safe environment, support for the most vulnerable among us, and jobs and a strong economy.”

Mitzie Hunter, MPP for Scarborough—Guildwood, is the Deputy Leader, and Education, Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development, Treasury Board and Women’s Social and Economic Opportunity critic.

Mary-Margaret McMahon, MPP for Beaches—East York, is the Environment, Conservation and Parks, Tourism Culture and Sport, Seniors and Accessibility and Public and Business Service Delivery critic.

Read the news release HERE.

Meaford Museum launches a road trip brochure featuring 8 unique museum stops

Take a trip back in time along the beautiful shores of Southern Georgian Bay and see history like you've never seen it before! The Southern Georgian Bay Small Museums Group has created an Ultimate Small Museums Road Trip brochure, featuring:
  • Meaford Museum
  • Sheffield Park Black History & Cultural Museum
  • Craigleith Heritage Depot
  • Collingwood Museum
  • Billy Bishop Museum
  • Marine and Rail Waterfront Museum
  • Osprey Museum
  • South Grey Museum
Download a copy HERE.
The Guelph Black Heritage Society receives $66,0000 in federal funding


The Guelph Black Heritage Society has received a total of $66,00 in federal funding to enhance both programming and Heritage Hall. There was $21,250 of funding from the federal government under the Canada Community Revitalization Fund to install solar panels on Heritage hall and $45,000 from the Tourism Relief Fund for educational videos, interactive guides and programming.

"We strive to set a good example for our community and promote the value in environmentally conscious decisions. The funding from the Tourism Relief Fund has empowered us to continue to create resources that have made Heritage Hall a destination for cultural tourism and has enabled the residents of Guelph, Wellington County and beyond to continue to connect and learn more about the Black individuals who helped to build our community," said Denise Francis, president of GBHS.

Read more HERE.

Madill Church Preservation Society receives $99,550 in federal funding toward church restoration
Huntsville Doppler

The funding is a contribution to the Madill Church 150th Legacy Restoration Project and is provided through the Canadian Heritage department’s Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage Program, Legacy Fund component.

This funding, along with an earlier $25,000 matching funds grant provided by the Town of Huntsville and funded through the Huntsville Municipal Accommodation Tax, allows the Madill Church Preservation Society (MCPS) to initiate the project and secure the specialized contractors required to restore this significant square log heritage building.

“I salute and toast the volunteers of MCPS who have relentlessly donated countless hours of expertise and time to prevent the demolition of and restore this nationally significant historic site. Your success is now for all Canadians to celebrate,” said Rob Leverty, Executive Director of the Ontario Historical Society.

Read more HERE.

OMA Initiatives

Certificate in Museum Studies Bursary

Each year the Ontario Museum Association awards a bursary to cover the tuition fee for one course in the Certificate in Museum Studies program. The OMA invites applications for the fiscal year April 1, 2022 to March 31, 2023.

The deadline for applications and reference letters is Friday, September 2, 2022.

Read more about eligibility and how to apply on the OMA website HERE.

For further information, contact the OMA at 416-348-8672, toll-free in Ontario at 1-866-662-8672, or by e-mail at

Apply today!
Registration is open! Spaces are available!
Upcoming Certificate in Museum Studies Courses

Collections Management
Format: Online
Course dates: Sept. 19 - Nov. 27, 2022
Course Director: Janet Reid, Markham Museum

Organization & Management of Museums
Format: Online
Course dates: Sept. 19 - Nov. 27, 2022
Course Director: Kathleen Powell, St. Catharines Museum & Welland Canals Centre

Education Programs
Format: Online
Course dates: Oct. 3 - Dec. 11, 2022
Course Director: Meredith Leonard, City of Hamilton

Registration for Certificate in Museum Studies courses is open to OMA Individual Members and Commercial Consultant Members.

Find out more about the Certificate in Museum Studies Program HERE.
Questions? Email
Register now!
An Opportunity to Recognize our
Esteemed Colleagues

Is there someone at your organization who has retired (or will retire) between October 2021 and November 2022?

In 2019 the OMA started a tradition of recognizing our colleagues who have retired in the past year at the annual OMA Awards reception. This year we look forward to continuing the tradition in person in Hamilton!

Share the following information with us so that we can honour the contributions that these individuals have made to our dynamic sector.
  • Name
  • Organization
  • Title
  • Retirement date
  • Photo
  • How long they worked in museums and/or at the organization from which they retired
  • Some other interesting fact or anecdote about what they achieved in their career
Send submissions to
Deadline for submissions: Monday, October 17, 2022

Submissions are welcome to recognize retirees in any role at an organization.
Retirees do not need to be present at the in-person event to be recognized.
Watch the retiree videos from 2020 and 2021
Upcoming OMA Dates
Collections Management (CMS course): registration open
Course Start Date: September 19, 2022

Organization & Management of Museums (CMS course): registration open
Course Start Date: September 19, 2022

Education Programs (CMS course): registration open
Course Start Date: October 3, 2022

OMA Annual Conference 2022: Early-bird Rates – register now and save!
Join us in-person! Monday, November 7 (Study Tours: November 8)
Join us online! Monday, November 21
#OMAConf2022 Registration Open
Register now and save!

2022 is the Ontario Museum Association’s 50th Anniversary, and we are so thrilled to welcome members back to both an in-person and online conference this year!

This year’s theme is Changing Directions: Practice over Permanence. This theme embodies the changing nature of museums and focuses on what museums are currently doing, rather than what they might do in the future.

Join us in-person!
Monday, November 7, 2022
Hamilton Convention Centre
1 Summers Lane
Hamilton, ON L8P 4Y2

Tuesday, November 8, 2022
Local Hamilton activities and planned Study Tours - separate registration required, stay tuned!

Join us online!
Monday, November 7, 2022 – select sessions will be live-streamed
Monday, November 21, 2022 – interactive online sessions
Learn about early-bird rates!

Register now and save!
Fully Subsidized Registrations
The OMA provides limited subsidized in-person and online conference registrations. Subsidies will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis.
Learn more HERE.

Book Your Accommodation for the In-person Conference
Sheraton Hamilton Hotel
116 King Street West
Hamilton, ON L8P 4V3

Book early to secure your room at the special OMA rate. Learn more HERE.
In the Media
Woodstock Art Gallery sends mystery drawings to the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC
North Bay Museum's new exhibit with Nipissing First Nation, Dokis First Nation, Nipissing University and Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh
Aurora Cultural Centre exhibits work of Indigenous artist, Vanessa Dion Fletcher, in Backwards & Forwards: Reflections in Porcupine Quills - until Sept. 17
Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre celebrates 75 years of the de Havilland Beaver with a Beaver Birthday Bash
Chimczuk Museum shines spotlight on 180 years of Windsor-Essex LGBTQ history
Oil Museum of Canada will be host to virtual presentation with American counterparts from the Drake Well Museum on Aug. 18
Support Ontario’s Museums by Giving Forward!
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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As an organization of provincial scope, the Ontario Museum Association recognizes that its members and community live and work on the lands and territories of Indigenous peoples. Toronto, where the OMA offices are located, is the territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit, Haudenosaunee and the Huron Wendat. We wish to express our gratitude for the resources we are using and pay respect to the rich and ongoing Indigenous history of what is now Ontario and Canada.
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