Category: Advocacy

FEDERAL UPDATE: Canada Revenue Agency opens applications for the Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy

Today, the Honourable Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of National Revenue, opened the CERS to receive applications from qualifying organizations. These organizations can now apply directly for the subsidy for the period from September 27 to October 24, 2020 through the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) My Business Account, or Represent a Client portals. Applications for...

PROVINCIAL UPDATE: Ontario Taking Further Action to Stop the Spread of COVID-19

Effective Monday, November 23 at 12:01am. The Ontario government is moving COVID-19 hotspots Toronto and Peel Region into lockdown. Art and Culture Sector such as museums and other cultural amenities (e.g., art galleries, science centres) are CLOSED in lockdown. Measures under Lockdown include, but are not limited to: Schools,...

FEDERAL UPDATE: Modernizing Canada’s Privacy Act – Online Public Consultation

Canadians are invited to share their views on key issues, such as: the rules on when federal institutions can collect personal information how federal institutions can use the information entrusted to them when federal institutions can share personal information with other federal institutions how key concepts should be defined...

PROVINCIAL UPDATE: Ontario Launching New Agency to Centralize Government Procurement

The Ontario government announced the establishment of Supply Ontario, a new centralized procurement agency that will enable a whole-of-government approach to purchasing goods and services, saving taxpayers money. Supply Ontario will ensure that schools, hospitals, and the entire public sector always have the critical supplies and equipment they need...

PROVINCIAL UPDATE: City of Toronto Mandating Stricter Restrictions

Updates City of Toronto Mandating Stricter Restrictions – Transitioning into Red Zone of Ontario’s COVID-19 Response Framework as of November 14th: The new protections would come into effect at 12:01 a.m. this Saturday and include: Social gatherings should only be with those you live with and/or one or two essential supports...

PROVINCIAL UPDATE: Ontario Supporting Inclusive Communities for All Ages and Abilities

Ontario is investing $2 million over two years through its new Inclusive Community Grants program to strengthen communities and provide local opportunities for older adults and people with disabilities. Municipalities and local organizations can use the funding towards projects such as: undertaking local needs assessments to determine gaps in...

PROVINCIAL UPDATE: Ontario Supports Businesses, Workers and Families during COVID-19

Vic Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, issued the following statement regarding the monthly employment release by Statistics Canada: “Employment in Ontario has increased by 30,600 in October, marking the fifth straight month of overall employment gains. The total number of jobs created since June is 868,600,...

PROVINCIAL UPDATE: Ontario Moves Public Health Unit Regions into COVID-19 Response Framework to Keep Ontario Safe and Open

TORONTO — In consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, local medical officers of health, and other health experts, the province intends to move Ontario’s public health unit regions to the Keeping Ontario Safe and Open Framework. The framework categorizes public health regions into five levels: Green-Prevent, Yellow-Protect, Orange-Restrict,...

SUMMARY: Virtual Viewing of Budget with Minister of Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries, Lisa MacLeod

Virtual Viewing of Budget with Minister of Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries, Lisa MacLeod – November 5th, 2020 at 4:00pm EST Full Budget and Action Plan please see link here https://budget.ontario.ca/2020/pdf/2020-ontario-budget-en.pdf  Today, Finance Minister Rod Phillips released Ontario’s Action Plan: Protect, Support, Recover — the next phase of...

FEDERAL UPDATE: Minister Ng announces new measures to help Canadian small businesses access global markets amid COVID-19

The Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade, announced new actions to help Canadian businesses grow while navigating the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic in the global marketplace. The Government of Canada launched the CanExport SMEs program—delivered through the Trade Commissioner Service—in 2016. As...

Provincial Update: Ontario to Release 2020 Provincial Budget on November 5

TORONTO — The Ontario government will release its 2020 Budget on Thursday, November 5, 2020. It will focus on protecting the health and safety of the people during the COVID-19 pandemic, providing much-needed supports to families, workers, and employers, and laying the foundation for future growth, renewal and economic...

Provincial Update: Ontario Supporting Local Festivals and Events

Ontario is investing $9 million through the new Reconnect Festival and Event Program to support municipalities and event organizers during COVID-19. This funding will be used to maintain public safety requirements and allow people to reconnect with their communities through online, drive-through and other innovative experiences.Funding may be used for...

Provincial Update: Government of Canada supports tourism in Prince Edward County

Parliamentary Secretary Kate Young announces $500,000 to strengthen the tourism sector in Prince Edward County and help the industry maintain jobs. With this support, Prince Edward County, in partnership with the local Chamber of Commerce, will provide non-repayable contributions of up to $20,000 to local tourism-oriented businesses. The funds...

Recording: OAAG E.D. Speaks on Arts Service Organizations at Humber College

Zainub Verjee, Executive Director of OAAG, speaking on Arts Service Organization segment in a virtual tête-à-tête with Anne-Frost, Program Coordinator, Arts Administration and Cultural Management at Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning. View the recording of the conversation here....

Speech from the Throne: Governor General Julie Payette

On September 22, 2020, Governor General Julie Payette delivered the Speech from the Throne, “this is not the time for austerity … Canadians should not have to choose between health and their job, just like Canadians should not have to take on debt that their government can better shoulder”....

OAAG/AOGA 2021 Pre-Budget Submission to Government of Canada

The last five months have undoubtedly brought unprecedented change to Canada’s art landscape. Prior to March, the arts in Canada were in a precarious state; and the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed that instability even further. During this time, OAAG/AOGA’s pre-budget submission to the Government of Canada in advance of...