Virtual Exhibits Investment Program

Note: Call 23 for the Virtual Exhibits Investment Program is now open.

The Virtual Exhibits Investment Program helps Canadian museums and heritage organizations develop online products that engage audiences of all ages, interests and abilities in Canada’s history, heritage and culture.

For the 2016 Call for Proposals, applicant organizations are invited to submit a proposal for a new virtual exhibit, virtual tour, interactive resource or educational resource on the subject of their choice.

Online products that receive funding from the Virtual Exhibits Investment Program must be available in both English and French, for a period of five years following the launch of the product.

All online products must comply with the VMC Technical Specifications.

Full program details are available in the Program Guidelines.

Submit a proposal.

Product Types

Proposals can be submitted for the creation of the following types of products:

Virtual Exhibit

A production with an interpreted approach to the content.

Virtual Tour

A production that provides an interpreted tour of a physical space, such as an historic site or a physical exhibit.

Interactive Resource

A production that requires active play, (participation, decision-making and response) like a game, hunt or quiz.

Educational Resource

A production whose primary purpose is to engage learners in learning about a subject directly or indirectly related to a curriculum area.

Note: Each product must provide a complete online experience, independent of a specific context or physical space.

Value of Investment

The Virtual Exhibits Investment Program provides funding up to a maximum of $250,000.00 (excluding applicable taxes) per production.


Public or private, not-for-profit Canadian museums and other Canadian historical, heritage and cultural organizations are eligible for submission to the Virtual Museum of Canada (VMC) Investment Programs.

More detailed information is provided in Program Guidelines, 2.1 Eligibility


The evaluation process is outlined in the Program Guidelines, 3.1 Evaluation Process. This process takes six months from the proposal submission deadline.

The budget of the Virtual Exhibits Investment Program is limited and all eligible proposals are evaluated on a competitive basis.

For more information, contact the Virtual Exhibits Investment Program:

Canadian Museum of History at:

Date modified: June 2016