Quick facts on the Government of Canada Survey of Heritage Institutions

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Description of the infographic for Government of Canada Survey of Heritage Institutions: 2019 Report

2017 Financial and operating data on not-for-profit heritage institutions, including museums, art galleries, archives, historic sites, zoos and botanical gardens

Physical visits

  • Physical visits: 79 million

School groups

  • School Groups: 127,284 (equals approximately 6.4 million students)


  • Online visits: 254 million


  • Number of Volunteers: 114,425
  • Number of volunteer hours: 6 million (the equivalent of 3,000 full-time jobs)


  • Number of permanent exhibitions: 15,291
  • Number of exhibitions created: 8,947
  • Number of exhibitions circulated: 3,126
  • Number of exhibitions online: 3,557

Heritage workforce

  • Number of paid workers: 37,230
  • Percentage of paid workers that are full time: 35%
  • Percentage of paid workers that are part time: 54%
  • Percentage of paid contract workers: 11%

Research requests

  • Number of research requests: 1.1 million

Source of funding

  • Total heritage sector revenue: $2.62 billion
  • Funding from public sector: 51.8%
  • Funding from Interest/investment: 1.5%
  • Funding from private sector: 13.5%
  • Funding from earned revenues: 33.2%
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