Museum Policy Public Survey

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Museum Policy Public Survey

Canadians enjoy visiting museums. Almost seven in 10 Canadians (69%) visited at least one heritage institution in 2019, prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. Heritage institutions, including museums, art galleries, historic sites, archives, botanical gardens and zoos,can be found in communities large and small across the country.

The Government of Canada last updated the Canadian Museum Policy in 1990. Since then, Canada’s society has changed, and new priorities have emerged. The 1990 Policy does not take into consideration these new priorities, such as reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples, addressing issues of equity, diversity and inclusion, or the ongoing digital transformation. The 1990 Policy also does not address the different needs of small, medium and large institutions and the different roles each may fulfil within their communities.

The purpose of these consultations is to gather views on issues of importance to Canadians, Indigenous partners and the heritage sector. Responses will help build a federal vision for the museum sector, which will be used to adapt or improve existing federal measures to ensure that our cultural heritage is protected, and that heritage institutions continue to be a place where Canadians can learn for generations to come.

Public Consultations are Open to all Canadians from March to April 2023

Share your ideas online

Canadians have an opportunity to complete an online survey from March through April 2023. Have your say today!

Take a moment to complete the survey — your feedback is important to us.

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Participate by Mail or Email

Send us a letter, testimonial, essay or relevant documents from January to May 2023. You might find inspiration by reviewing the Discussion Guide.

Contact by email at or by phone at 1.866.811.0055 (toll-free) TTY 1.888.997.3123. Agents are available to answer your questions Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 5pm, ET.

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