COVID-19: CASC ADVOCACY EFFORTS
As we all continue to navigate this rapidly-evolving global situation, CASC is here to support you in advocacy efforts to the Government of Canada, sharing helpful resources, amplifying science communication offerings of our members, and connecting our community.
CASC is here for you. Our commitment is to:
Advocate for relief funding for our sector, to help staff stay employed and to invest in the online platforms that can help our members inform Canadians. Our sector employs the best professional science communicators across the country and relies on funds generated through programs and ticket sales. Collectively these organizations reach 10 million people across Canada in person each year and reach this audience through 1.35 million accounts on social media. Our sharing of accurate, reliable information has a significant impact.
Advocate for creative science learning solutions that leverage our network of science and innovation engagement leaders. As a ‘new normal’ emerges for youth education over the next few weeks and months, our sector is positioned to play a critical role in a holistic and hands-on approach to science learning. Our members bridge formal and informal science learning environments. Over 90% of our science centres and science museums members have school programs, over 75% offer outreach and community engagement within local and regional communities and we have a strong online presence. How can our sector help and work with school boards to create holistic approaches to experiential science learning?
Share helpful resources during the COVID-19 pandemic. We will provide more e-newsletters with links to useful resources to help you and your organization navigate the pandemic and provide updates about what CASC members are doing. Please see our web page for current listings.
FEDERAL BUDGET 2021
We have been advocating for extension of the wage subsidy and sector specific support. Here is CASC's initial high-level snapshot of the supports outlined in the budget that could help aid the recovery of Canada’s science centre sector:
There are also numerous proposed programs through Canadian Heritage which may benefit our members including:
On April 16, 2020, CASC participated in a Heritage Panel as part of the Canadian Museum Association’s online conference Museums Together (starts at the 1:29:34 mark.), along with representatives from the Canadian Museum Association (CMA), National Trust of Canada (NTC), the Alliance of Natural History Museums of Canada (ANHMC), and Canada’s Accredited Zoos and Aquariums (CAZA).
This group of associations is working collaboratively to advocate for the broader cultural and heritage sector. The panel explored common concerns and challenges and discussed what can be done by working together. It included Tracy Calogheros, CASC President & CEO The Exploration Place, Marianne Mader, CASC Executive Director, and Dolf DeJong, CASC Board Member and CEO, The Toronto Zoo.
CASC COVID-19 ANNOUNCEMENTS
We've coordinated an Op-Ed campaign to raise awareness of the critical role of our sector plays. Thank you to Tracy Calogheros, CASC Board President and CASC Member Institution CEO's for their contributions to local and national news outlets. Please share widely!
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