Ontario Museum Association

Ontario Museum Association

March 22, 2007 19:54 ET

OMA: Ontario Budget Takes First Step to Address Museum Funding Gap

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - March 22, 2007) - The Ontario Museum Association (OMA) welcomes news of a $2.3 million increase in annual funding to the Community Museum Operating Grant program starting in 2007, announced by Finance Minister Greg Sorbara today. This is the first funding increase in 20 years for Ontario museums.

The Ontario Museum Association has been working with Minister of Culture Caroline Di Cocco and all members of the legislature to address the funding needs of Ontario's museums.

The Ontario Museum Association, which represents 1500 museums and museum workers across the province, had advocated for $5 million to fill the gap between the level of funding currently received by museums and the level of funding prescribed under the funding formula in the Ontario Heritage Act. The association also requested an additional $5 million to support new museums and those which currently do not qualify for the program.

"We are pleased with this investment in Ontario's museums as a first step in addressing the gap in funding," says OMA president Tammy Adkin. "We look forward to continuing to work with the Ontario government to ensure that museums are in a position to excel at telling Ontario's stories, preserving Ontario's history, and contributing to Ontario's economic prosperity."

Of interest to Ontario museums, the budget also included a $20 million increase in annual funding for the Ontario Trillium Foundation by 2009-10. While many museums receive Trillium Foundation support, there are a number of municipal museums which are ineligible to apply for Trillium grants. The Ontario Museum Association has advocated for inclusion of all museums in the Trillium Foundation grant program.

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