News and announcements

Read COVID-19-related announcements and advocacy efforts by the CMA below.

December 17, 2020 — The House of Commons Standing Committee on Heritage is conducting a study on Challenges to Art, Culture, Heritage and Sport Sectors caused by COVID-19. Earlier this week, the CMA submitted a brief to the Committee, in which we emphasize the need to prioritize the renewal of the national museum policy, provide additional pandemic relief to the sector, increase federal funding to museums and recognize the tremendous benefits to the economy and society. You can read our brief here.

October 8, 2020 — The deadline for the Museums Assistance Program (MAP) — COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund for Heritage Organizations has now passed. We have been informed by the Department of Canadian Heritage that not all of the $53 million that was dedicated to museums has been allocated. The CMA, CMA Board and provincial and territorial museums associations have asked the government not to reprofile the remaining funds. We have asked that the remaining emergency funding that was earmarked for our sector go toward advancing the update of the national museum policy and to ensuring that museums — and the associations that support them — can survive the pandemic.

September 17, 2020: Canadian Museums Association calls for Speech from the Throne to include commitment to update national museum policy

September 3, 2020: CMA submission for September 3, 2020 roundtable organized by the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage

August 24, 2020: COVID-19 emergency funding deadline extended

July 21, 2020: UPDATE: COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund for Heritage Organizations

June 18, 2020: COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund: Implementation of Phase 2

May 8, 2020: $53 million in emergency funding for museums and heritage organizations

April 22, 2020: Culture and heritage groups seek targeted COVID-19 support

April 17, 2020: $500M in emergency support announced for culture, heritage and sports

April 8, 2020: COVID-19 Wage subsidy update

March 31, 2020: Canada’s COVID-19 Economic response plan and museums

March 19, 2020: Update COVID-19

March 17, 2020: Conference update

March 16, 2020: Canadian Museums Association seeking support for the museum sector during COVID-19 response.

March 13, 2020: Museums and COVID-19