WSIB Premium Reductions

Oct 14, 2021
Need to Know
Webinar with Canadian Heritage
The Museums Assistance Program:
An Overview and Q&A

Free Webinar
Tuesday, October 19, 2021
10:00am ET

Speakers: John Bell, Sarah Hill, and Bruce Borysiuk of Canadian Heritage

Join Department of Canadian Heritage staff for an overview of what you need to know about applying to the Museums Assistance Program this year. Learn about the new Digital Access to Heritage component as well as the Collections Management, Indigenous Heritage, Exhibit Circulation Fund, Canada France Agreement, and Access to Heritage components and how to make the most of each one.

As you register, submit your questions in advance or ask them live!

Register HERE


The Reopening Fund for Heritage Organizations deadline is October 20, 2021.
For more information, click HERE
WSIB Premium Reductions

From the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skill Development (MLTSD):

Ontario’s Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) is cutting premium rates in 2022 by $168 million, bringing the total reduction in premiums since 2018 to $2.4 billion. In addition, the government is intending to introduce legislation that, if passed, would allow for a significant portion of the WSIB’s current reserve, currently valued at $6.1 billion, to be distributed to safe employers. This proposed change would help employers cope with the impacts of COVID-19.

Read the full news release HERE

From MLTSD: The proposed legislative initiative would allow the WSIB and CRA to establish a “one window” for payroll remittances which means employers would be able to pay WSIB premiums through CRA at the same time they report and make payments for other payroll purposes such as CPP and EI.

WSIB Information for Ontario Museums

The OMA reached out to WSIB about the impacts for Ontario's museums following the announcement on October 6th of premium reductions by Ontario’s Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB), "Ontario Providing Financial Relief to Employers".

Response from WSIB:

  • Having held 2021 rates steady at 2020 levels to help support businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic,  [WSIB is] resuming the transition approach to our rate-setting model in 2022.
  • On average, the premium rate for businesses will be reduced by 5.1 per cent for 2022. This represents a premium decrease from a Schedule 1 average rate of $1.37 on every $100 of insurable payroll in 2020 and 2021, to an average of $1.30 in 2022.
  • Since OMA members and audience are generally classified under Class O - Leisure and Hospitality, Class D1 – Educational Services and Class D2 – Public Administration, some specific class rate information is below:
    • The 2022 class rate for Class O is $0.94, this is a 10.5% reduction to the 2020/21 class rate which was $1.05
    • The 2022 class rate for Class D1 – Education services is $0.33, a 3% reduction to the 2020/21 class rate which was $0.34
    • The 2022 class rate for Class D2 – Public Administration is $3.51, a 0.3% increase to the 2020/21 class rate which was $3.50
    • Please keep in mind the change in class rate does not necessarily reflect the change to a business’s individual rate. Each business’s rate will reflect their industry and individual experience.
  • Ontario businesses can expect to receive their 2022 premium rate statements later this month and will be able to see their rates through [WSIB] online services starting October 22. The statements will also show their projected rate, which gives the future direction, up or down, that their premium rate is headed if there is no change in their individual and class experience from year-to-year.

For more information on 2022 premium rates and details on the transition to our rate setting model, OMA members can visit the WSIB website HERE.

Read the full news release HERE

The OMA will keep member museums informed as more information becomes available.

Funding Opportunities

October 20: Reopening Fund for Heritage Organizations, Museums Assistance Program
October 27: Digital Museums Canada 2021 Call for Large and Medium Proposals
November 1: Digital Access to Heritage, Museums Assistance Program
November 15: Anti-Racism Anti-Hate Grant Program
November 24: Digital Museums Canada 2021 Call for Small Proposals
December 8: Resilient Communities Fund, Ontario Trillium Foundation
December 22: Access to Heritage, Museums Assistance Program
December 22: Collections Management, Museums Assistance Program
December 22: Indigenous Heritage, Museums Assistance Program
December 30: Canada Recovery Hiring Program [Claim period 17]

View more links to funding opportunities on the OMA website HERE
Provincial News
Community Building Fund - Operating Stream
Grant Results for Ontario Museums
As announced on October 5, 2021, the Ontario government, through the Community Building Fund - Operating Stream administered by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, provided more than $46 million to support 648 non-profit tourism, culture, sport and recreation organizations experiencing significant financial pressures due to COVID-19. 

Read the News Release HERE.
Read the full list of Community Building Fund - Operating Stream recipients, amounts, and projects funded HERE.
Community Building Fund - Operating Stream
for Ontario Museums

Below is a summary for Ontario museums of the Community Building Fund – Operating Stream, funded by the Government of Ontario and administered by the Ontario Trillium Foundation. This summary is based on publicly available data with initial review, and is provided for information only. 

Data to inform this summary were downloaded from the Ontario Trillium Foundation website.
Results of the Community Building Fund – Operating Stream by Program Area


Program Area # Projects Funded % of Funded Projects Total Amount Funded % of Total funding
Arts 249 38.43% $17,634,700.00 38.32%
Sport 152 23.46% $9,532,700.00 20.71%
Recreation 89 13.73% $8,149,000.00 17.71%
Culture 67 10.34% $5,537,600.00 12.03%
Heritage 64 9.88% $3,225,300.00 7.01%
Tourism 27 4.17% $1,940,000.00 4.22%
Grand Total 648 100.00% $46,019,300.00 100.00%
From a review of the funding results, 49 Ontario museums and OMA member organizations were identified as recipients, receiving $3.2 million, or close to 7% of the total amount awarded.

Ontario museums and OMA member organizations receiving Community Building Fund - Operating Stream include: 
  • Art Gallery of Hamilton
  • Art Gallery of Mississauga
  • Aurora Cultural Centre
  • Beachville District Museum
  • Billy Bishop Museum
  • Bruce Mines & District Historical Society
  • Canadian Automotive Museum
  • Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre
  • Diefenbunker: Canada's Cold War Museum
  • Fashion History Museum
  • Frontenac County Schools Museum
  • Homer Watson House & Gallery
  • J Steckle Heritage Homestead
  • Lake of Bays Marine Museum and Navigation Society
  • Lakehead Transportation Museum Society
  • London Children's Museum
  • Lucan Area Heritage & Donnelly Museum
  • MacLaren Art Centre
  • Massey Area Museum
  • Mattawa Museum
  • Mississippi Valley Textile Museum
  • Museoparc Vanier Museopark
  • Museum of Ontario Archaeology
  • Museum on Tower Hill
  • Muskoka Lakes Museum Port Carling
  • Nelles Manor
  • Niagara Falls Art Gallery/Niagara Children's Museum
  • North Lanark Historical Society
  • Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame
  • Orillia Museum of Art & History
  • Park House Museum
  • Rails End Gallery and Arts Centre
  • Railway Museum, Kenora
  • Stratford Perth Museum
  • The Art Gallery of Sudbury / Galerie d'art de Sudbury
  • The Beaverton Thorah Eldon Historical Society
  • The Canadian Canoe Museum
  • The Community Waterfront Heritage Centre
  • The Sharon Temple Museum Society
  • The Welland Historical Museum
  • Thunder Bay Art Gallery
  • Thunder Bay Museum
  • Toronto Railway Museum
  • Toronto Ward Museum
  • Wallaceburg and District Museum
  • Woodland Cultural Centre
Read the full list of Community Building Fund - Operating Stream recipients, amounts, and projects funded HERE.
Among the 49 grants to Ontario museums, projects were identified in the following program areas: heritage, arts, culture, and tourism.
Ontario Museums/ OMA member organizations receiving funding, by program area
Program Area # Projects Funded % of Funded Projects Total Amount Funded % of Total funding
Heritage 32 65.31% $1,701,200.00 53.03%
Arts 11 22.45% $942,800.00 29.39%
Culture 3 6.12% $474,400.00 14.79%
Tourism 3 6.12% $89,500.00 2.79%
Grand Total 49 100.00% $3,207,900.00 100.00%
Two Ontario Museums were quoted in the MHSTCI Backgrounder to the News Release as well:
  • “The Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum is profoundly grateful to the Ontario government for its invaluable support, especially during these difficult times. The Museum and its stories play a crucial role in interpreting this country’s past — and our collective future. These critical funds will allow us to keep our blast doors open and our lights on, as we continue to serve our visitors from across Canada and around the world.”
                 - Christine McGuire, Executive Director of the Diefenbunker Museum
  • “Muskoka Lakes Museum has been extremely grateful to receive funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation. This will help keep our museum going strong and recover from the difficult situation that has resulted from the COVID-19 pandemic. These funds mean we will be able to focus on planning more activities for next year and refresh exhibits to make our next season exciting and vibrant.”
                 - Courtney Provan, Director Curator, Muskoka Lakes Museum

Read the MHSTCI Backgrounder HERE.
Photo credit: Canadian Automotive Museum 

The Canadian Automotive Museum celebrated a $34,000 Resilient Communities Fund grant with local dignitaries. These funds will be used to develop a new bilingual museum audio tour. The museum also received $50,000 from the Community Building Fund - Operating Stream. (From left to right: Board President Denis Bigioni, Executive Director and Curator Alexander Gates, Rayon Morgan from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, MP Colin Carrie, MPP Jennifer French, and Oshawa Mayor Dan Carter).
Media Coverage
$2 Million of Funding Through Francophone Community Grants Program

From the Ministry of Francophone Affairs:

The Ontario government is providing a total of $2 million in project-based funding to 51 organizations serving the francophone community through the 2021-22 Francophone Community Grants Program, twice the investment of prior years.

This year’s funding of $2 million will help support a greater number of projects and aims to:
  • strengthen the capacity of organizations and/or businesses to provide products and services to francophones in Ontario;
  • promote the recruitment and/or training of bilingual francophone staff, and;
  • provide opportunities to celebrate and foster understanding of Ontario's francophonie.
Selected projects begin September 24, 2021 and end by March 31, 2022.
Read the full news release HERE
$50K to Timmins Museum
for Francophone Tourism Trail

Timmins Museum: National Exhibition Centre is receiving $50,000 for the creation of a literary, historical and tourist trail in northeastern Ontario. It will follow the footsteps of francophone author Jocelyne Saucier. Her work focuses on the history of the region, its development and the importance of the Indigenous influence. Through a promotional campaign and the creation of a website, people will be able to discover and explore local francophone history highlights.
Read more HERE
$1 Million to Indigenous Tourism Ontario
and Science North

The Ontario government is providing $1 million to help Indigenous Tourism Ontario (ITO) and Science North develop a travelling exhibit to promote Indigenous culture and innovation across Northern Ontario. This investment will support the tourism sector, creating eight new full-time jobs and retaining another 20 full-time positions. 

The Indigenous Ingenuity exhibit, a collaboration between ITO and Science North, will highlight historical and modern aspects of Indigenous culture and innovation. Through interactive and educational displays, it will demonstrate the influence of traditional Indigenous knowledge and techniques on modern science.

Funding for this project is being delivered through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC). The NOHFC promotes economic prosperity across Northern Ontario by providing financial assistance to projects—big and small, rural and urban—that stimulate recovery, growth, job creation and skills development. 

Read the full news release HERE
Rediscover Ontario Campaign
$6 Million to Support Local Tourism

From the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries:

The Ontario government is investing $6 million in Rediscover Ontario, a campaign designed by Destination Ontario to support the local tourism sector recover from COVID-19 impacts. The campaign encourages Ontarians to safely rediscover the diversity of attractions and experiences that demonstrate Ontario offers the world in one province. 

The fall campaign runs from October 4 to November 14, 2021. It promotes tourism activities in Ontario this fall and includes links to itineraries, articles and points of interest. People can follow the campaign on social media with the #RediscoverON hashtag. 

Read the full news release HERE
Destination Ontario Links to OMA Museum Listings 

Destination Ontario links to the OMA's public website to help members of the public find out more about Ontario's museums. The OMA encourages its members to keep updating their listings, information, and events on the OMA's public website

Download a guide to update your museum listings HERE.
Ontario Cautiously Lifting Capacity
Limits in Select Settings

From the Ministry of Health:

"With public health and health care indicators remaining stable or improving, the government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, is cautiously lifting capacity limits in select indoor and outdoor settings where proof of vaccination is required, as well as certain outdoor settings that have a capacity below 20,000. This gradual and incremental approach will continue to help protect people and ensure the province continues to cautiously lift public health measures safely.

In keeping with the government’s cautious approach, effective Saturday, October 9, 2021, at 12:01 a.m., capacity limits [have been] lifted to allow 100 per cent capacity in the following settings:
  • Concert venues, theatres and cinemas;
  • Spectator areas of facilities for sports and recreational fitness (would not include gyms, personal training);
  • Meeting and event spaces (indoor meeting and event spaces will still need to limit capacity to the number that can maintain physical distancing);
  • Horseracing tracks, car racing tracks, and other similar venues; and
  • Commercial film and television productions with studio audiences.

Capacity limits will continue to remain in effect in all other remaining settings at this time."

Read the full news release HERE

ONN Policy Priorities 2021-2022
Ontario Nonprofit Network

Ontario’s nonprofit sector will play a central role in rebuilding and recovery post COVID-19. The Ontario Nonprofit Network's (ONN) policy priorities for 2021-2022 will support the nonprofit sector to navigate the changed landscape and drive forward an equitable recovery.

ONN works within four broad public policy areas:
  • people (paid and volunteer work force)
  • finances
  • regulatory frameworks
  • data
Their goal is to create a more enabling policy environment for a strong and resilient sector so that nonprofits can focus on supporting Ontario’s vibrant communities. The issues that ONN focuses on are sector-wide (affecting more than one subsector, such as social services, arts, faith groups, and environmental organizations) and Ontario-wide. ONN advances its policy work using a network model. 
Read more HERE
Read their full Executive Summary HERE.
Perth County supports development of
Huron Perth Ag Science Centre
Stratford Beacon Herald

Perth County council has agreed to collaborate with a local group working to develop a Huron Perth Ag. Science Centre in North Perth that would be geared toward educating kids and youth on all facets of agriculture.

The committee had enlisted museum-planning consultants from Lord Cultural Resources last year using an Ontario Trillium Foundation grant to conduct a feasibility study on the project.

Read more HERE

Brockville Museum wins
Tourism Award of Excellence

Brockville Museum won the Brockville and District Chamber of Commerce Tourism Award of Excellence this year, beating out the 1000 Islands Brewery and Culture Days. Accepting on behalf of the museum, curator Natalie Wood said that, despite the pandemic, the museum has continued to educate people about Brockville in creative ways. She noted the museum is full of history surrounding the business community of Brockville, adding the history of the city could be found in part by the guests at the gala.

Read more HERE

OMA Initiatives
Reminder: Annual General Meeting
Friday, October 29, 2021

The Ontario Museum Association's 2021 Annual General Meeting will take place on Friday, October 29! It will be held virtually on Zoom from 1:00pm to 2:00pm ET. 

Voting Members can view relevant documents and participate in the OMA's AGM by registering HERE

There will be a streaming link made available for non-voting members closer to the date.
OMA Opportunity:
Recognize Esteemed Colleagues

Deadline for Submissions: October 17, 2021

Is there someone at your organization who has retired (or will retire) between November 2020 and October 2021? 
Two years ago the OMA started a new tradition of recognizing our colleagues who have retired in the past year at the annual OMA Awards Gala. This year’s awards rollout will look a little different, but we look forward to continuing the tradition!

Share the following information with us so that we can honour the contributions that these individuals have made to our dynamic sector.
  1. Name
  2. Organization
  3. Title
  4. Retirement date
  5. Photo
  6. How long they worked in museums and/or at the organization from which they retired
  7. Some other interesting fact or anecdote about what they achieved in their career

Send submissions to
Deadline for submissions: October 17, 2021


  • Submissions are welcome to recognize retirees in any role at an organization.
  • If the announcement of retirees takes place at a live online event, Retirees do not need to be present at the online event to be recognized.
Out-of-Province News
Precarity in the Arts
Hill Strategies Research Inc.

Thank you to Hill Strategies for sharing the following report with OMA members.

Among the hardest hit industries during the COVID-19 pandemic, the arts sector, the health and well-being of its artists and workers, and the viability of its organizations are at risk. This precarious state is shown by both decreased employment levels and increased stress levels. An analysis by CAPACOA notes a 25% decrease in arts employment levels in 2020 compared to 2019; higher than any other industry. Additionally, an analysis by Statistics Canada estimates that 63% of eligible workers in the arts, entertainment, and recreation sector received at least one Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) payment in 2020, while the National Arts and Culture Impact Survey, conducted in November 2020, shows that 62% of surveyed artists and arts workers faced stress or burnout.          

Read more HERE

The Hill Strategies Research Inc. blog is part of Arts Insight Canada, a new initiative that also encompasses the Arts Research Monitor and Statistical Insights on the Arts Reports. Key research themes, identified as particularly useful for Canada’s arts sector, are:

  • Reconciliation
  • Precarity
  • Benefits, impacts, and outcomes of the arts
  • Equity, diversity, and inclusion
  • Climate change / sustainability
  • COVID-19 and post-pandemic transformations
  • Impacts of digital technologies
  • Public engagement in the arts

Find the blog HERE

Call to Action:
Young Canada Works Program

Canadian Association for Conservation of Cultural Property

In 2021, the Ad-hoc Advocacy Committee and Emerging Conservators Committee have been working jointly to lobby the Federal Government to modify the Young Canada Works (YCW) program age requirement. This advocacy initiative included sending a letter to the Minister of Diversity and Inclusion and Youth, the Prime Minister, and all other party leaders. 

The program’s current terms of eligibility limit candidacy to those between the ages of 16 and 30. These terms desert many new graduates by failing to acknowledge the time required for specialized studies and ultimately contributes to less diversity, resilience and inclusion within our industry, which relies on YCW funding.

They are now asking you to participate in advocacy efforts. They have created a letter template to personalize and send to your local Member of Parliament.

Read more HERE
Read the letter to the Minister of Diversity and Inclusion and Youth HERE.
Download the letter template HERE.
New Online Projects
Digital Museums Canada

Explore the most recent online projects developed with the Support of Digital Museums Canada. 

  • Irish Famine Migrant Stories in Ontario - Canada Ireland Foundation 
    • The Irish Famine Migrant Stories in Ontario project explores one of Canada’s first public health and refugee crises, when desperate and often disease-stricken immigrants fled Ireland during the Great Hunger of 1847. Through eyewitness testimonies and personal accounts, the Canada Ireland Foundation shares the stories of migrants and their descendants, and pays tribute to those who cared for them.
  • Women of the Sooke Region: From Pioneers to the Modern Wonder Woman - Sooke Region Museum and Visitor Centre
    • From historical figures to present-day activists and civic leaders, Women of the Sooke Region explores the stories, challenges and triumphs of women in this small Vancouver Island community. Through objects, archival photographs and writings, this new project features moving and thought-provoking encounters with the women who helped build Sooke in the past, as well as those who are helping to shape its future.
  • In the footsteps of Maude Abbott - Musée régional d’Argenteuil
    • Produced by the regional museum she founded, this new project celebrates Maude Abbott, one of Canada’s first female physicians. Beginning with her childhood in Saint-André-d’Argenteuil, through worldwide acclaim as a cardiologist, to her return in later years, this intimate look at a hometown hero also explores Abbott’s enduring influence on the medical profession itself.

View more projects HERE

Reopening Fund for Heritage Organizations
Deadline: October 20, 2021

Not-for-profit organizations with a heritage collection, such as museums, archives, galleries and historic sites, may be eligible to receive Museums Assistance Program (MAP) funding through the Reopening Fund for Heritage Organizations. Indigenous organizations with a heritage collection are also encouraged to apply. Organizations can receive between $1,000 and $100,000 in reopening support. The deadline to apply is October 20, 2021. 

For full details on program eligibility and information on how to apply, please visit Reopening Fund for Heritage Organizations. If you have already submitted an application, thank you, no further action is required.

Applying for Funding

Applications are accepted through the Canadian Heritage Funding Portal.

To apply through the portal, you will need to complete a three-step online application process:
  1. Create a User Profile:
    • The individual that sets up the Applicant Profile and registers the organization should be the Authorized Representative, someone with signing authority for your organization. The Authorized Representative will be considered the signatory on the application form.
  2. Register your Organization:
    • To complete the Registration of your Organization, you will need the following documents:
      • Proof of your organization’s legal status (letters patent/incorporation documents, partnership agreements, constitution or bylaws or other recognized documentation); if your organization is an unincorporated association, ad hoc committee or trust without any by-laws or a constitution, you can attach a copy of meeting minutes or a list of your controlling members.
      • Direct Deposit Enrollment Form, stamped by a financial institution or accompanied by one supporting document (a void cheque, banking letter, or management letter).  Direct Deposit Enrollment Forms can be downloaded from the portal.
  3. Submit an Online Application Form:
    • To complete your MAP Reopening Funding Application, you will need the following documents:
      • Proof of signing authority (bylaws, constitution, Board resolution or other document)
      • Financial Statements from 2019 or last completed pre-pandemic fiscal year (audited if available)

Apply immediately, as funds are limited. 

If you have non-portal questions, contact:

John Bell                                  
Bruce Borysiuk                         
Sarah Hill                                 
Roger Brathwaite (en français)  
Tracy Marsh                     
For assistance, please contact:
Telephone: 1-866-811-0055
TTY (Teletype for the hearing impaired): 1-888-997-3123

Please click HERE for more information. 
Please click HERE for tips and tricks for your MAP application. 
Please click HERE for a helpful infographic. 

Building a Home for Black History
U.S. Embassy Ottawa

Free Webinar
Friday, October 15, 2021
1:00pm - 2:30pm ET

How do you build a home for a nation’s Black history? How can you make a museum that reflects the diversity of a country? Juanita Peters, Director of the Africville Museum, will moderate a conversation on how to take a Black history museum from ideas to open doors.

Gain practical insights on creating museum spaces for diverse communities and ask your own questions during this 90-minute webinar and Q&A.


Dr. Calinda Lee
Head of Programs and Exhibitions
National Center for Civil and Human Rights.

Carlos Bustamante
Associate Director of Project Management and Planning
National Museum for African American History and Culture.

Neil Barclay
President and CEO
The Charles H Wright Museum.

Read more and register HERE

Upcoming OMA Dates
October 17: Recognize Our Esteemed Colleagues submission deadline
October 29, 1:00pm: 2021 Annual General Meeting (register HERE)
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. 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.

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. You can help us build a more resilient museum sector. Thank you for your support!
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