October 15, 2020


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CASC continues to advocate for the science centre and science museum sector. We are committed to providing our members with the most up-to-date information to help organizations navigate a changing landscape. 

COVID-19 Recovery & Updates

> Government Announcements

Last week, the Government of Canada made several significant announcements on changes to federal support programs related to COVID-19. 

  • Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) is expanding existing funding for businesses by an additional $20,000, bringing total available funds up to $60,000 for Canadian businesses to cover expenses. 
    • Up to 50% are eligible for loan forgiveness.
  • Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) for small businesses provides relief for those experiencing financial hardship due to COVID‑19 and is being changed to provide rent support directly to tenants instead of through commercial landlords. 
    • This change will make rent and mortgage support up to 65% available for hard hit businesses through June 2021. 
    • The maximum amount will be available to those experiencing income decreases of 70% or more.

Association Updates

> On October 29th, we want to hear from our members!

As we continue to work on our Diversity, Inclusion, Equity and Accessibility (DIEA) efforts internally, we want to explore ways in which CASC can support our members - those facing systemic barriers and those working to break those barriers.

Join us on October 29, 2020, for part one of a series of community consultations addressing DIEA: Our role and how we can support our members.

As part of our learning process, we are looking to other organizations connected to our sector who are doing great work and have established DIEA guiding principles that may also help us along our own journey.

Guest Speaker:

Karine Morin, the Director, Policy and Interagency Affairs of NSERC, will be joining us and she’ll share lessons learned in the development of the Dimensions program, which aims to increase equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) and help drive deeper cultural change within the research ecosystem. Dimensions is an initiative of the three granting agencies in collaboration with Universities Canada as well as Colleges and Institutes Canada.

This is a CASC Member ONLY Event.


> New Membership Levels: Coming January 2021 

We’re excited to announce that we have revamped our membership structures to be more inclusive of our diverse sector. We’ll be rolling out a campaign in the next month - Follow us on our social media platforms for updates! #CASCMembers #ScienceChampions

Here's a sneak peek of what to expect:


Science Centre/Museum members, located in Canada and open to the public on a regular schedule, identify primarily as: a science or technology centre or museum, a planetarium, aquarium, zoo, insectarium, makerspace, or a similar organization devoted, at least in part, to the public understanding and appreciation of science and technology and are incorporated as a non-profit or for profit organization, or similar institution administered by government, university, or municipal authority.


Affiliate Members shall be non-profit or for profit organizations—or federal, provincial, territorial, Indigenous, or local government agencies—that support the purpose of the CASC and share its focus on the public understanding and appreciation of science and technology, but that are not and do not operate science centers or museums.


Individual Members shall be individuals, such as students, retirees, or professionals, who support the purpose of the CASC and share its focus on the public understanding and appreciation of science and technology. They may or may not be employees of a Science Centre/Museum Member or Affiliate Member organization.

> Connecting our Members

Video Discussion Groups: As we all continue to navigate this rapidly-evolving global situation, CASC is here to help, support, and connect our community during these challenging times. Please contact us at if you have ideas for how we can further support your organization.

Topic: School & Public Programs
Friday, October 16, 2020 1:00 – 2:00 PM ET

Led by a group of Education and Programming staff  from CASC member institutions this meeting addresses new challenges and opportunities with school programming and camps. Invitations are sent via email. Please contact if you did not receive an invitation and would like to join. Open to all CASC Members. 

Have you joined our Community of Practice? With the generous support of the Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC), CASC has established a forum as a private space for the Education and Programming staff of CASC member institutions to engage with others, pose questions and share resources. Invitations are sent via email. Please contact if you did not receive an invitation and would like to join. Open to all CASC Members.

Topic: CASC CEO Discussion 

Friday, November 20, 1:00 – 2:00 PM ET

CASC continues to coordinate a "CASC COVID-19 Response Discussion" for CASC Member CEOs and Executive Directors to address advocacy efforts, re-opening issues, long-term plans, etc. Invitations are sent via email. Please contact if you did not receive an invitation and would like to join. Open to all CASC Members.

News & Opportunities


    • Interest and Intent to host Traveling Exhibitions Survey In an effort to help support your organization during this challenging time and to support a successful future for museums, the American Alliance of Museums Traveling Exhibitions Network (TEN) is administering a survey that addresses your intent to host incoming traveling exhibitions over the next three years. They are asking that the decision maker(s) on incoming traveling exhibitions for your institution complete this survey by Tuesday, October 27.
    • Canadian Cultural Export Review Board (CCPERB) Appointment Opportunity CCPERB is seeking diverse Canadians with a passion for cultural property to apply to become members of the Board. As a Board member, your expertise will contribute to the preservation and access to significant cultural property at public institutions within Canada. Apply by November 6, 2020.
    • ASTC 2020 Conference A one-of-a-kind event hosted online October 19–21. CASC organized a session on “Canadian COVID-19 perspectives”- be sure to tune in!
      • Date/Time: Tuesday, October 20 11:30:00 AM-12:45:00 PM ED
      • Title: WTF (What's the Future) 2020. Canadian perspectives during a time of disruption


    • Ontario Trillium Foundation: Resilient Communities Fund

      Next Deadline Dec. 2, 2020

      OTF is investing in projects of eligible non-profit organizations to aid their medium to longer-term recovery efforts, help with their stabilization and build their capacity and resiliency in the aftermath of COVID-19. 

      This fund is providing a flexible range of activities over two deadlines to address the diverse needs of organizations and to support them where they are at in their recovery and rebuilding.  

      Request amount: From $5,000 to $150,000 

      Grant term: up to 1 year

    The Resilient Communities Fund is a one-time fund to support the non-profit sector recover and rebuild from the impacts emerging from COVID-19 so they can effectively meet the needs of communities across Ontario.
    • The Molson Foundation Support for Arts, Education, and Health Initiatives Across Canada

      The Molson Foundation brings together community organizations and institutions from across Canada to shape innovation and create lasting change for the benefit of society. Areas of interest include education, health, and arts and humanities. The Foundation usually provides organizations with either seed funding, or one-payment grants. Registered charities and qualified donees are eligible to apply. There is no specific deadline for submission of grant applications. 

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