2022-23 Consultations on the renewal of the Museum Policy

Current status: Open

Open from October 2022 until June 2023.

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The Museum Policy Public Survey is now open. Take a moment to complete the survey — your feedback is important to us.

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About the consultations

At the National Culture Summit on the Future of Arts, Culture and Heritage in Canada in May 2022, the Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage announced that Canadian Heritage would begin work on renewing the Canadian Museum Policy. The renewal will take into account the information received following a consultation exercise running from October 2022 to June 2023. The consultations target the general public, Indigenous partners, heritage sector stakeholders, advocacy organizations, provincial and territorial representatives, and federal institutions and organizations.

The next Museum Policy, for the period beyond 2023, will set out aspirations for the museums of the future and have an impact on how we protect our heritage and how Canadians will be able to access it. These aspirations will be supported through a range of funding programs, legislative measures and services.

Why are we consulting?

Canadians enjoy visiting museums. Almost seven in ten 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.

Who should participate?

The Government of Canada is seeking input from all Canadians, whether in Canada or abroad, who have an interest in, or want to share their opinion on, museums in Canada.

Join in: How to participate

Heritage Institutions

Heritage institutions, including museums, art galleries, archives, heritage sites, botanical gardens and zoos received an online survey in October 2022. This survey was emailed directly to institutions across Canada.

Virtual roundtable sessions

As part of the stakeholder consultations to be conducted by the Department of Canadian Heritage from October 2022 to May 2023, virtual dialogue sessions are anticipated. These sessions will discuss the following themes:

  1. role of museums in society;
  2. resilience and sustainability in the sector;
  3. reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples;
  4. equity, diversity and inclusion; and
  5. preservation and access, including the digital transformation.

More information about the themes can be found in the Discussion Guide.

Dates and scope for the virtual roundtables
Dates Participant organizations and regions
February 23, 2023 Archives associations and related organizations – National
March 9, 2023 Museum associations and related organizations – National
To be confirmed Heritage Institutions – Western Region (AB, BC and YT)
To be confirmed Heritage Institutions – Ontario Region
To be confirmed Heritage Institutions – Atlantic (NB, NL, NS and PE)
To be confirmed Heritage Institutions – Quebec Region
To be confirmed Heritage Institutions – Prairies and Northern region (MB, NT, NU and SK)
To be confirmed To be confirmed – Expert Session

Note: Participation in the virtual consultations is by invitation only. Dates are subject to change. However, you will find the questions that will be asked during these sessions in the discussion document.

Consultation with provincial and territorial governments



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.

Take the survey

Participate by mail or email

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

Indigenous Engagement and Consultations

Canadian Heritage will seek the views of First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities and organizations through an engagement process. Indigenous museums, cultural centres, knowledge keepers and experts will be invited to participate in virtual discussions on the same themes as in the virtual roundtables, although particular attention will be paid to issues related to reconciliation within the context of the Museum Policy. These engagements will take place in April and May 2023. National Indigenous Organizations will also be invited to share their views.

In January 2023, letters were sent to modern treaty holders and those with self-government agreements to seek their views on the renewal of the Museum Policy. Recipients were invited to share their feedback with the Department by April 28, 2023.

Contact us

Canadian Heritage
Heritage Branch
25 Eddy Street, 9th floor
Gatineau, Quebec J8X 4B5

1-866-811-0055 (toll-free)

Agents are available to answer your questions Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 5 pm (ET).

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