Category: Advocacy

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...

UPDATED: COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund: Final Component of Phase 2 Announced

July 07, 2020 – Final Component of Phase 2 Announced The Department of Canadian Heritage announced today the final component of the $500M COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund that was launched in May. This final component of Phase 2 will support arts and culture organizations that do not receive funds...

PROVINCIAL UPDATES

Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism, and Culture Industries Tele-Townhall Meeting: “Northern Ontario Tourism” – July 06, 2020 July 06, 2020 – Hon. Lisa MacLeod hosted her seventh Tele Town Hall meeting. This instalment was focused on Northern Ontario Tourism, and she was joined with Hon. Greg Rickford, Minister of...

OAAG/AOGA Submission to Ontario Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs

The Ontario Association of Art Galleries/Association ontarienne des galeries d’art (OAAG/AOGA) had the opportunity to present to the Ontario Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs regarding the Culture and Heritage sectors. On Friday, 26 June, OAAG President, York Lethbridge, and OAAG Executive Director, Zainub Verjee, presented on behalf...

GOG Reopening Framework, Protocols & Resources

Over the past several months of the COVID-19 Pandemic, public art galleries have responded and adapted as needed by their institution and community.  From being forced to close to postponing exhibitions to pivoting programming online; there has not been a one-size-fits-all approach to dealing with the pandemic.  Re-opening is...