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    Wooden Boat Museum

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    Cupids Legacy Centre

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    James J. O'Mara Pharmacy Museum

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MANL COVID-19 Update: May 29, 2020

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Good Afternoon,

MANL has been meeting with key stakeholders to advocate and collaborate for our sector. This week we are working with a TCII committee on requirements for museums reopening. There is a draft developed and it will be ready by the June 8th Alert Level 3 reopening date. We will share this information as soon as it is available to us. Also, we have been working to clarify key funding programs for museum and heritage sites.

On Monday May 25th Premier Dwight Ball and Minister Bernard Davis of the Department of Tourism Culture Industry and Innovation announced $25 million for the Tourism Sector. To assist eligible tourism and hospitality based operators impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Provincial Government announced a $25 million support program for the industry.

Under the Tourism and Hospitality Support Program, eligible small and medium-sized tourism operators will be able to apply for a one-time, non-repayable working capital contribution of either $5,000 or $10,000, dependent on gross sales. This short-term program will help enable operators cover some of their business costs. This support will provide immediate financial relief to operators who are dealing with substantial losses and continued fixed operating costs, providing support as many in the industry prepare to re-open. I encourage everyone to read the application on Monday June 8th and apply if your organization meets the criteria.

This week MANL, the Canadian Museum Association and the Provincial Territorial Museums Associations meet with senior staff with the Department of Canadian Heritage to discuss the details of the 53 million dollar fund for museums. The meeting was very productive and I encourage all museums to apply to this program when the portal opens.  Here are the highlights of that meeting:.

  1. The emergency aid is designed for institutions that have budgets less than 3 million dollars.
  2. Museums that are closed but plan on opening are eligible to apply, provided they fulfill other requirements (work with collections, etc.) Even if museums do not have a definite date of opening, as long as they are planning to open at some point in the future, they will be considered.
  3. The information on when the aid will come is still uncertain, here is what we know:
    • The application portal will be tested and prepared over the next two weeks.
    • After that, the applications will be accepted.
    • No assessment as to when funding will be available after the portal opens.
  4. There were questions around use of funds for digitization and other digital-based activities: The MAP emergency fund will not require from museums to state purposes for which the funds will be used – it is for museums to determine their priorities.

We continue to work from our homes keeping our new virtual office open. We will provide updates to our members when new information is available. Our social media feeds are active, and we have been bringing museum information to our followers. We encourage everyone to post on the MANL Facebook page and to share your stories. Please join our new MANL Membership Facebook Group there have been great discussion there. Below you will find links to our ever-growing list of previous announcements for your quick reference. We hope that you are all safe and adhering to the government recommendations at this time. Remember, we are here for you during this time; contact us if you have any concerns.

Take Care,
Ken Flynn

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