FEDERAL UPDATE: Government of Canada Continues to Support Heritage Organizations and Access to Canada’s Heritage Collections

Published June 30, 2021

From: Canadian Heritage

In the last year, due to health measures and ongoing travel restrictions, heritage institutions have had to shift to offering virtual experiences. The government will continue to support this shift to increase access to Canada’s heritage and digital collections for Canadians across the country.

Supporting heritage organizations and museums as they reopen to visitors

Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage, announced today $41 million to support heritage organizations across Canada in 2021–22 as they reopen and safely welcome back visitors. This funding will be delivered through the Museums Assistance Program (MAP) and will be accessible to a broad range of organizations through a streamlined online application process. It builds on the $53 million provided by the government as part of the COVID-19 Emergency Fund for Heritage Organizations in support to organizations with heritage collections.

Increased access to digital collections and Canadian history

The Government of Canada is also investing $23 million over three years to help museums across the country digitize information and collections. This funding will be delivered through a new component of the MAP to support the development of original content such as educational materials, apps or other virtual activities aimed at enhancing the visitor’s experience in person and online. More details on the call for applications and eligibility criteria will be made available in the coming months.

Building careers in the heritage sector

To address the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, $12 million in supplementary recovery funds will be made available in 2021–22 to help create 1,240 additional jobs and internships Through Young Canada Works (YCW) Heritage program.

Read the full news release here.