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Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism, and Culture Industries Tele-Townhall Meeting May 20, 2020

MAY 20, 2020 – Minister of Heritage The Ontario Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries, Lisa MacLeod, hosted a Tele-Townhall Meeting to more than 800 callers updating the Province’s response to COVID-19 and how they are helping our sector.

Since the beginning of shut-downs, our sector has already lost $17.6 billion dollars with a total of 350,000 jobs lost. With each phase of COVID-19, additional questions are raised in how the province is reopening the economy.

The Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund, Ontario Arts Council, and Celebrate Ontario will continue to have funds and will be released in the upcoming weeks. The Ministry will be working with the OAC to advance 2020 Operating Grants as soon as possible so recipients can receive immediate support. The Province is still supporting the OAC with the $60 million each year. Funding will be given to the Art Gallery of Ontario and Royal Botanical Gardens to assist with re-opening.

Support is being given to libraries, and 380 libraries will receive $21 million dollars in support.

A recording of the tele-townhall will be available here once made available.

May 12, 2020: COVID-19 Advisory Councils Released

The Ontario government is engaging partners in the heritage, sport, tourism and culture sectors in order to gather critical feedback on how best to reopen the economy. This input will inform decisions as the government implements its Framework for Reopening our Province document which was released in April 2020.

ON May 12th, Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries, was joined by Premier Doug Ford to speak with chairs from sector-specific Ministerial Advisory Councils. These leaders represent a broad range of organizations and are best positioned to identify opportunities for a sector-led response to the economic challenges caused by the outbreak. These Ministerial Advisory Councils will meet on a regular basis starting immediately and provide their written feedback to the ministry later this month.

“The impact of COVID-19 has been devastating for Ontario’s heritage, sport, tourism and culture industries with an economic loss in the billions,” said Minister MacLeod. “Through these Ministerial Advisory Councils, I will work directly with sector leaders to discuss the challenges they face, and ensure their industries are well positioned for a faster re-emergence and successful recovery from the effects of the outbreak.”

The Ministerial Advisory Councils are:

Airlines and Airports Council

  • Co-Chairs
  • Jeffrey Brown, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Porter Airlines
  • Lorrie McKee, Director, Public Affairs and Stakeholder Relations, Greater Toronto Airports Authority

Amateur Sport and Recreation Council

  • Co-Chairs
  • Cyril Leeder, Co-founder, Ottawa Senators

Debbie Low, CEO, Canadian Sport Institute Ontario

Arts & Culture “Toronto Big 8” Council

  • Chair – Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director and Co-Head, Toronto International Film Festival

Book & Magazine Publishing Council

  • Chair – Michael Levine, Generic Productions Inc.

Festivals, Events and Local Community Attractions Council

  • Co-Chairs
  • Marie Lalonde, Executive Director, Ontario Museums Association
  • Troy Young, CEO, Attractions Ontario

Film and Television Council

  • Co-Chairs
  • Christina Jennings, Founder, Chair and CEO, Shaftesbury Films
  • Jim Mirkopolous, Vice President, Cinespace Film Studios

Hoteliers & Hospitality Council

  • Co-Chairs
  • Colin Morrison, General Manager, Ottawa Embassy Hotels & Suites and Chair, Ottawa Gatineau Hotel Association
  • Terry Mundell, President and CEO, Greater Toronto Hotel Association

Interactive Digital Media Council

  • Co-Chairs
  • Lucie Lalumière, President and CEO, Interactive Ontario
  • Lesley Phord-Toy, Corporate Affairs Director, Ubisoft
  • Mary Sorrenti, Vice President of Operations and Finance, Game Pill

Ministry Attractions and Agencies Council

  • Co-Chairs
  • Josh Basseches, Director and CEO, Royal Ontario Museum
  • Lorenz Hassenstein, President and CEO, Metro Toronto Convention Centre

Music Council

  • Co-Chairs
  • Erin Benjamin, President and CEO, Canadian Live Music Association
  • Allan Reid, President and CEO, The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences/The JUNO Awards and MusiCounts

Ontario Live Council

  • Chair – Barry Avrich, Canadian film producer/director and Partner, BT/A Advertising

Professional Sport Council

  • Co-Chairs
  • Randy Ambrosie, Commissioner, Canadian Football League
  • Cyril Leeder, Co-founder, Ottawa Senators

Tourism Leaders Council

  • Co-Chairs
  • Anthony Annunziata, President, Tourism Partnership of Niagara
  • Scott Beck, President and CEO, Tourism Toronto

QUICK FACTS

  • Stakeholders are reporting a collective economic impact of $17.6 billion over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Input provided by the advisory councils will support the work of the government’s Ontario Jobs and Recovery Committee.
  • Advisory councils will consist of individuals, invited by Minister MacLeod, for their sector specific experience and expertise. The council meetings will be facilitated by the Chair(s).
  • Each advisory council will meet up to four times, either by telephone or video conference

Tele-Townhall Meetings Summaries and Recordings

April 23, 2020
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DIKXJK6-SsA
Highlights from Minister MacLeod’s Tele-Townhall Meeting:
– Minister MacLeod has spoken with the Minister of Canadian Heritage to discuss how the $500 million should be allocated. Minister MacLeod is advocating that Ontario receives 40% or the equivalent of the province’s population of the $500 million funds.
– Ontario museums and cultural organizations will have a major role in how the province reopens, and have been looking at the best practices around the world to help inform reopening decisions. The Minister is looking to have a plan completed within 4-6 weeks.
– The province will be launching ‘Ontario Live’ a virtual marketplace that brings Ontario together to help support local artists, operators, attractions and businesses throughout the province.

April 9, 2020
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=isu2WlM3X7g
– There is an emphasis on plans for recovery, rebuilding, and reemergence.
– The Minister is working with advisory committee groups comprised of different elements of the Ministry to work on sector-specific solutions.
– Working with the OAC to release operating grants as soon as possible and to flow funding.
– Asks for organizations to work with their local MPPS and to think about what recovery looks like in your industries.
-Increased funding to the Ontario Trillium Foundation in the next months to help not-for-profits deliver services and programs.

March 26, 2020
https://youtu.be/klxs29dkz50

March 19, 2020
https://youtu.be/7oJ_gRoM5o8

April 27, 2020: Reopening Ontario

The Ontario Government released how the province will be approaching the reopening of the province. Ontario has developed a framework to guide its approach and outlines the method and principles that will be used to reopen businesses, services and public spaces to responsibly lead Ontario’s economy back to a strong position. 

It is stressed that reopening will be a gradual, staged approach and rolled out in three stages:

Stage 1: Opening select workplaces that can meet current public health guidelines and open some outdoor spaces. Stage 1 will also allow essential gatherings of a limited number of people and will have continued protections vulnerable populations.

Stage 2: Opening more workplaces with significant mitigation plans and opening more public spaces. The province will allow some larger public gatherings and will continue protections for vulnerable populations.

Stage 3: In the final stage, the province will open all workplaces responsibly, relax restrictions on public gatherings, and continue protections for vulnerable populations. 

There will be considerations for each stage. The Chief Medical Officer of Health and health experts will advise the government on when it may begin to ease public health measures using a range of criteria including: 

  • a consistent two-to-four week decrease in the number of new daily COVID‑19 cases
  • sufficient acute and critical care capacity, including access to ventilators and ongoing availability of personal protective equipment
  • approximately 90% of new COVID‑19 contacts are being reached by local public health officials within one day, with guidance and direction to contain community spread
  • ongoing testing of suspected COVID‑19 cases, especially of vulnerable populations, to detect new outbreaks quickly

For Ontario’s full reopening strategy and information, visit *here*.

You can find a complete list of essential businesses here.


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