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The Canadian Heritage Information Network (CHIN) supports Canadian museums in the effort to create, present and manage Canadian online content for public access and educational purposes.

The CHIN site provides the heritage community with access to a wide range of professional resources, including online courses on image digitization and automated collections management systems, information about professional events and career opportunities, research and reference tools, intellectual property publications, bibliographies, and data dictionaries.

The following support programs are currently available:

Virtual Museum of Canada Program
The VMC Investment Program is open to all public, not-for-profit museums that have demonstrated their commitment to work collaboratively with colleagues across the country by becoming members of the Canadian Heritage Information Network (CHIN); and to organizations that have an ongoing role in representing museums or managing several institutions and that are making proposals on behalf of multiple museums.

Content includes virtual exhibits, games, educational materials, close to 200,000 images and records of museum treasures, and information about nearly 2,500 heritage attractions. For further information, consult the program guidelines for the Virtual Museum of Canada (VMC) Investment Program.

Community Memories Program
The Community Memories program strengthens the capacity of smaller museums to create web content by supporting their development of online local history exhibits. Museums whose proposals are selected are supplied with user-friendly software and a standard $5,000 investment.

The program is open to public, not-for-profit museums that have demonstrated their commitment to work collaboratively with colleagues across the country by becoming members of the Canadian Heritage Information Network (CHIN).



The Museums Assistance Program (MAP) provides financial assistance to Canadian museums and related institutions, for museum activities that support the objectives of Canada's museum policy. The program is delivered by the regional offices of the Department of Canadian Heritage, and is divided into three components:

Access and National Outreach
The Access and National Outreach component supports projects that connect different geographic regions of Canada. Eligible projects link museums, assist partners to reach diverse audiences, and reflect Canada's cultural diversity. All projects created for public presentation must be developed in both official languages.

Aboriginal Museum Development
The Aboriginal Museum Development component helps Aboriginal organizations enrich and preserve their cultural heritage, seeks to increase public awareness and understanding of Aboriginal people's rich and diverse cultures, and encourages an inclusive and broad definition of culture.

Organizational Development
The Organizational Development component provides funding for projects intended to strengthen organizational capacity such as those that build on the competencies of museum and heritage professionals and volunteers in all areas of museum management and operations.

Applications to MAP must be received at a Department of Canadian Heritage office on or before November 1st each year for projects commencing in the next fiscal year.

For general information concerning the Program, please contact the
Department of Canadian Heritage
Heritage Programs Directorate
15 Eddy Street, 3rd Floor, Station 14
Gatineau, Quebec
KlA 0M5
Tel: (819) 997-7982
Fax: (819) 934-3201


• To improve physical conditions for artistic creativity
• To increase access for Canadians to performing arts, visual arts, and media arts, and to museum collections and heritage displays
• To support the improvement, renovation, and construction of arts and heritage facilities, and the acquisition of specialized equipment as well as conducting feasibility studies


The Canadian Arts and Heritage Sustainability Program aims to strengthen organizational effectiveness and build capacity of arts and heritage organizations.


The Canadian Studies Program (CSP) was established in 1984 with a mandate to assist Canadians in learning more about their country. The Program supports the development of Canadian Studies learning tools and materials for use by educators and the general public. The Program administers funding components designed to support the development of a variety of learning materials. This guide outlines the objectives of the Canadian Studies Program, defines the types of applicants, proposals and expenses that are and those that are not eligible for funding, explains the main features of the funding components, and assists applicants in preparing a submission.


The Canadian Museums Association administers a bursary program for professional development activities. Information on the different types of bursaries can be found at

Financial assistance to the archival community is provided by Library and Archives Canada (LAC) and administered through the Canadian Council of Archives (CCA). The Canadian Council of Archives (CCA) and Library and Archives Canada (LAC) are pleased to announce that CCA members can submit applications for financial assistance for the fiscal year 2005-2006 from Library and Archives Canada contribution programme for the archival network. Institutions should contact their Provincial/Territorial Council regarding deadlines.

All archival institutions that are members in good standing with their provincial or territorial archival council are eligible to apply to the Control of Holdings Programme, the Conservation Plan for Canadian Archival Records (CPCAR) Preservation Management Programme, and the Professional Development and Training Programme. Assistance to prepare an application is available through the provincial and territorial councils and/or the CCA Secretariat (1-866-254-1403) by contacting Isabelle-D. Alain ( or Louise Charlebois (


The Youth Employment Strategy is the Government of Canada's commitment to help young people, particularly those facing barriers to employment, get the information and gain the skills, work experience and abilities they need to make a successful transition to the workplace.

Summer Career Placement
Summer Career Placements (SCP) is a wage subsidy initiative that enables public, private and not-for-profit employers to create career-related summer jobs for student participants. It is a component of the Government of Canada's Youth Employment Strategy, which helps young people get the work experience, knowledge, skills and information they need to prepare for and participate in the world of work.

For application deadlines, forms and additional information, contact your local HRDC office or visit the SCP web site.


Young Canada Works (YCW) offers up to 2,650 grants in the form of wage subsidies. These grants are dedicated to offering summer jobs and internships to Canadian students and graduates, allowing them to gain valuable experience while putting their skills to the test. From an employer’s perspective, fresh ideas and competitive skills are made available.

Young Canada Works in Heritage Institutions
Young Canada Works in Heritage Organizations (YCW-HO) is a program that provides funds to heritage institutions to hire high school or post-secondary students for summer programs or projects that otherwise would not be possible. This year over 140 jobs have been created through YCW-HO projects administered by Canadian Library Association (CLA).

For both programs employers have access to a list of high school, college and university students from across Canada at

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