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LETTER TO THE MINISTER OF FINANCE: PROVINCIAL BUDGET CONSULTATIONS

This year, the province of Ontario invited written submissions to inform budget consultations to be sent to The Honourable Peter Bethlenfalvy, Minister of Finance. Galeries Ontario / Ontario Galleries is part of an advocacy coalition called the Provincial Arts Service Organizations of Ontario (PASO/OPSA) and below is the letter...

PROVINCIAL UPDATE: Ontario Expands Eligibility for Main Street Relief Grant

TORONTO – The Ontario government is expanding the number of small businesses that can apply for the Main Street Relief Grant to help offset the costs of purchasing personal protective equipment (PPE) to cautiously and gradually reopen in parts of the province. Small businesses with 2 to 19 employees...

Changes to COVID-19 Screening Requirements and Updates to COVID-19 Screening Tools

The government of Ontario has made changes to COVID-19 screening requirements and updates to COVID-19 screening tools. Businesses in public health unit regions that have returned to the COVID-19 Response Framework must implement active screening of patrons in certain zones. Please refer to What each zone means for information on how this may apply to your...

PROVINCIAL UPDATE: Ontario Extending Stay-at-Home Order across most of the Province

TORONTO — In consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, the government is moving to a regional approach and maintaining the shutdown in the majority of the public health regions in Ontario, including the Stay-at-Home order and all existing public health and workplace safety measures. When it is safe to do so,...

PROVINCIAL UPDATE: The EnAbling Change Program

Ministry for Seniors and Accessibility – The EnAbling Change Program is a shared-cost transfer payment program providing funding to not-for-profit organizations, industry organizations, and professional associations to educate their stakeholders about accessibility, drive cultural awareness about the value and benefits of accessibility, and support regulatory compliance. The program benefits from...

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOPS

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS:  WORKSHOP DESCRIPTIONS: HOW GALLERIES CAN STRENGTHEN COLLECTIONS BY WORKING WITH ARTISTS (register now) Thursday March 11, 2021 Time – 9:30am – 1:00pm ET Galleries are not able to exist without artists. Collecting is a direct way that galleries can support artists. It is a commitment to maintaining...

Ontario Declares State of Emergency Starting Immediately

The Ontario government has announced a provincial stay-at-home order and new restrictions, as new COVID-19 modelling. The province says it is issuing a stay-at-home-order effective Thursday at 12:01 a.m., which will require everyone to remain at home with exceptions for essential purposes, like going to the grocery store or...

PROVINCIAL UPDATE: Support for Hydro Bills

To support people as they stay home during the Provincewide Shutdown, the government will hold electricity prices to the off-peak rate of 8.5 cents per kilowatt-hour for all time-of-use and tiered customers on a temporary basis starting January 1, 2021. This low rate will be available 24 hours per...

PROVINCIAL UPDATE: Ontario Announces Province Wide Shutdown

After assessing trends in key public health indicators, Ontario is moving into a Province Wide Shutdown to stop the spread of COVID-19 on December 26, at 12:01 a.m. Amendments have also been made to O. Reg. 82/20 Rules for Areas in Stage 1. Please read the news release for...

PROVINCIAL UPDATE: The New Ontario Small Business Support Grant

The government is announcing the new Ontario Small Business Support Grant, which will provide a minimum of $10,000 and up to $20,000 to help small business owners during this challenging period. Small businesses required to close or restrict services under the Provincewide Shutdown will be able to apply for...

Federal Government announces wage subsidy rate increase to 75 per cent

The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, announced that the government has concluded the necessary regulatory changes to raise the maximum wage subsidy rate to 75 per cent for the period beginning Sunday, December 20, 2020, until March 13, 2021. This support will be...

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy Registry

The Government of Canada introduced the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS). The wage subsidy has protected more than 4 million jobs across the country, giving millions of Canadian families certainty about their next paycheque. As part of the government’s ongoing commitment to transparency, today the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA)...

PROVINCIAL UPDATE: Ontario Extends COVID-19 Orders

The Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, is extending all orders currently in force under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020 (ROA) until January 20, 2021. This extension will support the safe delivery of health care and other critical services until COVID-19...

IN THE NEWS: Ontario Supports Non-Profits Delivering Vital Services in Ottawa

The Ontario government is providing 32 non-profit organizations in the Ottawa area with nearly $2.9 million to help them rebuild and recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding is part of the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s $83-million Resilient Communities Fund. The Resilient Communities Fund provides grants of...

PROVINCIAL UPDATE: Investing in Ontario’s Tourism Industry During COVID-19

TORONTO – The Ontario government is investing nearly $4.4 million to support the long-term sustainability of the province’s vital tourism industry. This funding will help deliver innovative, safe experiences, like virtual festivals and events, and support tourism operators as they deal with the impacts of COVID-19.  Lisa MacLeod, Minister...

Thank You for 50 Years

The Ontario Association of Art Galleries reaches a momentous milestone and looks to the future of art galleries. Article via Canadian Art...

OAAG/AOGA is proud to share the winners of the 2020 OAAG Awards

OAAG/AOGA celebrates Ontario’s art galleries at the 2020 OAAG/AOGA Awards For forty-three years, the Ontario Association of Art Galleries / Association Ontarienne des Galeries d’Art (OAAG/AOGA) has proudly celebrated excellence in Ontario’s public art galleries. On Monday, November 30th, 2020, members of the visual arts community across the province...

Message from the Prime Minister of Canada on Ontario Association of Art Galleries Awards

It is with great pleasure that I welcome everyone to the 43rd Ontario Association of  Art Galleries (OAAG) Awards.  Since its establishment, the OAAG has served as an essential voice for public art galleries in Ontario, while helping to maintain a high standard in the care and presentation of art. During this difficult period for...