CMA Membership

The Canadian Museum Association (CMA) is the voice for Canada’s vibrant museum community, from small, volunteer-driven organizations to cherished national institutions, and for the millions of Canadians whose lives are enriched by museums. Your support of the CMA, through your membership, helps us advocate for public policies and support, build skills across the profession, and establish and inspire connections to strengthen and sustain museums.

Member benefits & info

Read about the main member categories and the many benefits, special privileges and rates associated with being a member of the CMA.

Join or renew

Visit this page for our easy-to-use application process. Existing members go to the Members Portal to renew online (by credit card only). A button will appear on your home page during your renewal period. Or you can contact us at for an invoice.

Individual membership

Individual membership is for persons who are interested in the CMA and who are or have been employed by, or associated with, an Institution eligible for membership. This category includes retired museum professionals, as well as our distinguished CMA Fellow and Life members. See section 7.4 of our bylaws for details.

Institutional membership

Institutional membership of the CMA is for museums or organizations (such as museums associations) that represent museums and related culture and heritage organizations. See section 7.3 of our bylaws for details.

Corporate membership

Corporate membership is for a corporation that is interested in furthering the objects of the CMA. Corporate members have made a considerable contribution to the CMA and have received special approval by the CMA’s Board of Directors. See sections 7.5 of our bylaws for details.

Non-voting membership

Non-voting membership is for persons or organizations that wish to support the CMA. This category includes our student members, international members, as well as our business affiliate members. See section 7.6 of our bylaws for details.


Find a list of CMA Fellows, the highest form of recognition bestowed by the CMA.

Membership FAQs

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Visit this page for member services such as our Insurance Program, as well as services offered by the CMA beyond those that are exclusive only through membership.