City of Toronto Releases COVID-19 Guidance for Cultural & Heritage Institutions and Attractions

City of Toronto Releases COVID-19 Guidance for Cultural & Heritage Institutions and Attractions The following recommendations are intended to help operators and staff working at museums, galleries, aquariums, zoos, outdoor heritage institutions (e.g. landmarks, outdoor historic sites, botanical gardens), and other establishments primarily engaged in preserving and exhibiting objects, sites and natural wonders of historical, cultural and educational value to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Read...

Minister MacLeod Presents to Standing Committee Finance and Economic Affairs On Culture and Heritage

Provincial News Minister MacLeod Presents to Standing Committee Finance and Economic Affairs On Culture and Heritage On June 25, Lisa MacLeod, Ontario’s Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries (MHSTCI), presented for a second time to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs, this time presenting on Culture and Heritage.”This ministry in all of its parts fuels a spectacular double bottom line – preserving and protecting – and in many ways evolving – our cultural fabric and social impact, while contributing $75 Billion toward the provincial economy.” She highlighted “the work that our artists, archeologists, archivists and athletes do in each community across Ontario create jobs and our sense of pride in people and of place” and stated that “these sectors include our community museums, our art galleries, [and] our public libraries.” “We have a quality of life in Ontario that is the envy of the world,” she went on to say, “because we have world class organizations like The Thousand Islands Boat Museum in Gananoque, Fort Henry in Kingston, the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, the Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington, and the Art Gallery of Algoma in Sault Ste Marie.” Advocating for organizations such as these, Minister MacLeod stated, “my Ontario has libraries, museums and art galleries […] I want to make sure that in 18 months when we get through this crisis that our cultural and sport institutions don’t just survive – they thrive.” Minister MacLeod’s Ontario Includes Museums! Reopening Ontario Tour Since Ontario entered Phase 2, Minister MacLeod has been travelling around Ontario visiting communities and some of the places important to them, including museums! To date (July 8, 2020),...

Ontario Museums and Galleries Funding Opportunities

Often libraries have partnerships with museums and galleries or may own one themselves.  Here are some collected by the OMA. Clarification on Municipal Museum Funding Eligibility In today’s ONmuseums, the phrase “Municipal museums are also excluded from federal relief programs” referred specifically to federal support programs like the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) and the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA), where municipalities are ineligible. Read more about CEWS HERE. Read more about CEBA HERE. For the Department of Canadian Heritage’s COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund for Heritage Organizations – Museums Assistance Program:”The following organizations with heritage collections are eligible for funding: Not-for-profit organizations such as museums, archives, or historic sites (including those that operate seasonally and those without full-time staff); Indigenous organizations or official language minority community organizations; and, Municipal and university museums with a distinct budget. To be eligible, applicants must also: Provide public access through regular hours of operation (including on a part-time or seasonal basis), and, Have had annual expenses in 2019 between $10,000 and $3,000,000.” Read more HERE. View this email in your browser Need to Know   |   Provincial News   |   OMA Initiatives  Colleague Update   |   Out-of-Province News Need to Know OMA Presents on Culture and Heritage to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs On June 26, Paul Robertson, OMA President and Marie Lalonde, OMA Executive Director, presented to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs. They highlighted that Ontario’s museums can play a key role in recovery, contributing to both economic and social bottom lines. As the Ontario government responds to COVID-19, the OMA has been communicating the important work of the government to the museum sector. We all recognize...

Minister MacLeod Tele-Townhall July 13

Minister MacLeod Tele-Townhall July 13 The Honourable Lisa MacLeod, Ontario’s Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries is holding telephone town hall July 13 at 3 p.m. to discuss the government’s response to COVID-19. Registration closes on July 12 at 9 p.m....