April 2, 2020
On Wednesday April first, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador extended the state of emergency for 14 days. Please follow the orders and maintain social distancing and remain home if possible. MANL staff are working diligently to keep our virtual office open. We will continue to provide updates to our members when new information is available. It is important to keep our information to the facts and provide sound professional pertinent material to our members.
Our social media feeds are active, and we have been bringing virtual museum information to our followers. We encourage everyone to post on the MANL Facebook page and encourage you to share your stories. We have launched a new Facebook group so our members can chat about concerns during this crisis. Please join the page at MANL Members Group. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns during this time.
Here are several updates for you:
- Update from TCII CEDP Industry Development Officer Kristina Turner: I want to give you another quick update. I finally have access to my work email at home so you can email me at KristinaTurner@gov.nl.ca and not firstname.lastname@example.org. I also want to let you know that all sector organizations, community museums, archives, and heritage societies who received CEDP Operational support for the 2019-20 fiscal year can expect to receive the same funding for the 2020-21 fiscal year. With regards to CEDP Heritage Projects (Indigenous Cultural Heritage Program and Special Projects (professional development and training, and research)) applications will be accepted in the 2020-21 fiscal year; however, you must email me at email@example.com before submitting. The deadline for the Indigenous Cultural Heritage Program has been extended to June 20, 2020. If you have any other questions or concerns please email me and I will respond as soon as possible. Take care, Kristina
- The Federal Government has announced programs that will help museums and museum workers. Here is a list of these items under the economic response plan https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/economic-response-plan.html :
- Wage subsidies: The Government of Canada has announced an up to 75 per cent wage subsidy for qualifying businesses, for up to 3 months, retroactive to March 15, 2020 to help businesses to keep and return workers to the payroll. This program does require proving a 30% loss in revenues since the outset of COVID-19 response. https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/economic-response-plan.html
- Reporting deadlines for charities: The Canada Revenue Agency is extending the filing deadline to December 31, 2020, for all charities with a Form T3010. Registered Charity Information Returns are due between March 18, 2020 and December 31, 2020. This will allow charities more time to complete and submit their T3010.
- GST/HST remittances deferred: Goods and Services Tax/Harmonized Sales Tax (GST/HST) remittances that are owing have been deferred until June 30, 2020. This varies for each institution depending on their remittance frequency. https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/news/2020/03/additional-support-for-canadian-businesses-from-the-economic-impact-of-covid-19.html#_Deferral_of_Sales
- Interest-free loans through the Canada Emergency Business Account: The new Canada Emergency Business Account will be implemented by eligible financial institutions in cooperation with Export Development Canada (EDC). This program will provide interest-free loans of up to $40,000 to small businesses and not-for-profits, to help cover their operating costs during a period where revenues have been temporarily reduced, due to the economic impacts of the COVID-19 virus. If paid off by December 31, 2022, there is a 25% loan forgiveness, up to $10,000. Small businesses and not-for-profits should contact their financial institution to apply for these loans. https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/news/2020/03/additional-support-for-canadian-businesses-from-the-economic-impact-of-covid-19.html#_Deferral_of_Sales
- There is also economic support for individuals. Museum workers who have been recently laid off may apply for EI if they are eligible. Otherwise, museum workers who would not be eligible for EI and independent contractors within the museum community can apply for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit when it becomes available in April. https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/news/2020/03/introduces-canada-emergency-response-benefit-to-help-workers-and-businesses.html
- To get the Canada Emergency Response Benefit faster once applications are open, you can sign up in advance for My Account through the Canada Revenue Agency. And if you can, choose direct deposit to get money into your account sooner. https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/e-services/e-services-individuals/account-individuals.html?fbclid=IwAR1UD7wYiU-o-kYMsci7HWqpK9OgC40FbGU_lEryN-XZwINfshZEDSz9zqI
- The Canadian Conservation Institute remains available to offer emergency advice to Canada’s heritage community. If you are the victim of a disaster, call 1-866-998-3721 day and night and press 0 for Security. You can also contact CCI by sending a private message on CCI's Facebook page. Please indicate your name, name and location of your institution, a phone number to reach you, the nature of the collection affected, the type, extent, and severity of damage and what action has been taken so far.
- The Federal Government announced an aid package for the tourism sector on Monday. Several days have passed and the details are still unclear. Here is a like to a news article on the subject. https://www.theglobeandmail.com/politics/article-aid-package-for-energy-airlines-and-tourism-sectors-still-a-work-in/
- By now you have received notice from the department of Tourism Culture Industry and Innovation and we are pleased to report that the department will be forwarding 2020-2021 CEDP funding to those who received funding last year. The department is in the process of completing last year’s payments and issuing payments for the 2020-2021 fiscal-year. Thank you to Minister Bernard Davis and his staff for their quick response to support the heritage sector. For more information follow this link. https://www.tcii.gov.nl.ca/covidmsg.html
- On March 26th I meet with the Canadian Museum Association and the Provincial and Territorial Museum Associations (PTMA) from across the country on several topics including our concerns for COVID-19. Collectively we are preparing to pass our concerns for the museum sector along to The Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage in early April. One of our goals is to ensure museums are included in the Canadian government relief package. For more information on the Government of Canada and Covid-19 visit this link https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection.html
- CCI's recommendations for the closure of museums during the Covid-19 crisis: CCI responded quickly with these recommendation and we advise that you follow their expert advice in this matter. Visit https://www.canada.ca/en/conservation-institute/corporate/contact.html
We hope that you are all safe and adhering to the government recommendations in this time of crisis. Please stay safe and remember we are here for you during this time. Please contact us if you have any concerns.
MANL Executive Director