Canadian museums and other Canadian historical, heritage and cultural organizations, including equivalent Indigenous peoples’ organizations, are eligible for submission to the Virtual Museum of Canada (VMC) Investment Programs.

To be eligible an institution must:

  • be public or private;
  • be not-for-profit;
  • operate a permanent physical establishment open to the public;
  • be administered in the public interest for the primary purpose of collecting, preserving, documenting, interpreting, exhibiting and disseminating physical collections (objects, documents and specimens of educational and cultural value) and/or intangible cultural heritage. This includes artistic, scientific (inanimate or live), cultural and historical material;
  • a museum, art gallery, exhibition centre, cultural centre, botanical garden, zoo, aquarium, planetarium, historical society, historic house, library, archives, preservation project or site, professional cultural association or group, or other organization which meets the aforementioned requirements.[1]

The Canadian Museum of History (CMH) reserves the right to request proof of eligibility from applicant organizations at any time during the proposal review process.

[1According to the ICOM Statutes, adopted during the 21st General Conference in Vienna, Austria, in 2007: “A museum is a non-profit, permanent institution in the service of society and its development, open to the public, which acquires, conserves, researches, communicates and exhibits the tangible and intangible heritage of humanity and its environment for the purposes of education, study and enjoyment.” This definition is a reference in the international community.

Date modified: June 2018