Category: Advocacy

Pointing to the Art World’s Possibilities: A Speculative Future – Sharona Adamowicz-Clements & Michelle Gewurtz, Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives

This project, led by Galeries Ontario/Ontario Galleries in partnership with Akimbo, asked the curators of eight public museums and art galleries to speculate about their future through an access driven, anti-racist and anti-colonial lens. We proposed three initial questions and gathered the responses in text and video. Click on...

Museums at a Crossroads by Zainub Verjee

As the pandemic drags on, a cultural policy expert says Canada’s museums are not only struggling financially but are also caught in an identity crisis. Read the full article at Galleries West....

PROVINCIAL UPDATE: Ontario COVID-19 Worker Income Protection Benefit

Ontario COVID-19 Worker Income Protection Benefit  On April 28, 2021, Ontario Labour Minister Monte McNaughton stated that the province has offered to provide funding to the federal government to double the Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit payments. If this is approved this new additional provincial funding workers could now receive...

Federal Budget for 2021 “A recovery plan for jobs, growth and resilience”

See the full Budget 2021 (HERE) Read the Media Release from the Department of Finance (HERE) April 19, 2021 The highly-anticipated Federal Budget for 2021 was released on April 19, 2021. The 2021 Federal budget “A recovery plan for jobs, growth and resilience”.  It proposes $101 billion in new...

IN THE NEWS: Ontario Supports New Greek-Canadian Heritage Museum

The Ontario government is investing $325,000 to support the planning and development of a new Greek-Canadian heritage museum to house a collection of artifacts in Toronto. The museum will serve as a new community hub and central repository of photos, historic newspapers, books and an archive of recorded histories....

FEDERAL UPDATE: Supporting Cultural Infrastructure in Hamilton

The Honourable Filomena Tassi, Minister of Labour and Member of Parliament (Hamilton West–Ancaster–Dundas), and Bob Bratina, Member of Parliament (Hamilton East–Stoney Creek), announced $206,679 in funding to help Supercrawl Productions advance the Bridgeworks Community Space project. The investment from the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund will help support renovations and refurbishments that...

PROVINCIAL UPDATE: The Ontario Government Releases Budget for 2021-22

The Ontario government will continue to focus on protecting people’s health and jobs through the COVID-19 pandemic when Peter Bethlenfalvy, Minister of Finance and President of the Treasury Board, releases the 2021 Ontario Budget on March 24, 2021. The Budget will support the province’s comprehensive vaccine distribution plan, along...

PROVINCIAL UPDATE: Ontario Invests in the Future of Francophone Tourism

The Ontario government is investing more than $2 million to support Francophone tourism across the province, ensuring Ontario’s Francophone community continues to contribute to the province’s diverse tourism sector. This funding will support a wide range of Francophone initiatives, such as safe public performances, safe in-person Francophone festivals, and...

COVID-19 Awareness Toolkit / Trousse d’outils de sensibilisation

Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada have a number of free resources to help organizations help Canadians stay safe, healthy and informed.  The resources in this toolkit are available at Canada.ca/ coronavirus in a variety of languages. In addition, they have a toll-free line at 1-833-784-4397 (interpretation...

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...

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...