Reports, guidelines and other documents

The CMA has a variety of reports and publications, as well as suggested guidelines for the museum sector.

The following are available free for download.
[alphabetical by publication title]


Benefits Beyond Fees by Lea Batara (Muse July/August 2019)

A Blue Shield for the Protection of Our Endangered Cultural Heritage, IFLA-PAC 2003

Beyond Property and Trade: Establishing a Community Loans Program by the Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Centre (Muse January/February 2019)

Canadian Museums Association, 2019 Annual Report

Canadians and Their Museums: A Survey of Canadians and their Views About the Country's Museums, CMA 2003

CMA/CAMDO and CARFAC/RAAV RECOMMENDED Exhibition Fee Schedule 2007

CMA Deaccessioning Guidelines

CMA Public Opinion Survey on Canadian Attitudes to Museums and Federal Policy

CMA’s Reconciliation Program National Survey Results (Muse Summer/Été 2020)

Design for All by Madeline Lines (Muse September/October 2019)

Designing for Specific Audiences: Working with Indigenous Cultures by Bianca Message, President, André & Associates (Muse July/August 2018)

Discussion Paper on Digital Copyright Issues, Copyright Forum 2000

Economic Impact of Culture and Sport in Canada from Stats Can

Economic Impact of Culture and Sport in Canada, by Arthur B. C. Drache C.M. Q.C., Drache Aptowitzer LLP, 2018

Ethics Guidelines, CMA 1999

Getting on the Radar Screen: A Lobbying Primer for Museums, CMA 1999

GLAM Study Toolkit, 2020



Let There Be Light, by Ernest Wotton

LGBTQ2+ inclusion for Canadian museums (This is not a final document. It has been reviewed by the CMA LGBTQ2+ Working Group and is currently under community review.)

A Matter of Justice: Recommendations of the Canadian Symposium on Holocaust-era Cultural Property, CMA 2001

More Than Willing Hands : A Report on Voluntarism at Museums, CMA 2001

Museum Innovation for Sustainability by Alex Benay (Muse March/April 2016)

A museum model to celebrate places, communities and cultures by Molly Kett (Muse September/October 2016)

Museums and Photography: Some Observations by Carol Payne (Muse July/August 2016)

Museums and Refugees: Shining Moment or Missed Opportunity? by Jim Cullen (Muse, November/December 2017)

The Museum's Ethical Challenges in the Public Interpretation of Enterprises in Ethnoecology, Duncan Ferguson Cameron, March 2000

Outaouais: An Overlooked Cultural Frontier by Lucile Godet (Muse March/April 2019)

Photographic Collections: Salvaging Water Damage by Chloé Lucas, Conservator (Muse March/April 2018)

Photography with Selfie-sticks: A Safety Concern for some Museums by Robert Foreman (Muse July/August 2016)

Protecting privacy builds trust, by Anne-Marie Hayden (Muse November/December 2019)

Roles and Responsibilities of Museum Boards of Trustees, CMA and CAMDO 2004

Study on the Economics of Museums Collections 2013

Survey of Property Tax Treatment to Museums 2014

Task Force Report on Museums and First Peoples. A Report jointly sponsored by the Assembly of First Nations and the Canadian Museums Association, 1992 (Reprinted in 1994).

Value Study of GLAMs In Canada: Report for the Ottawa Declaration Working Group

Virtual Accessibility: Interpreting a virtual reality art history experience for blind and partially-sighted users by Peter Pavement, Director, Surface Impression (Muse September/October 2018)

Visual Arts Summit 2007 Sommet sur les arts visuels

When Disaster Strikes: Lessons Learned (and survived) by Laura Suchan, Executive Director, Oshawa Museum (Muse, November/December 2018)

Why Design Matters by Sunniva Geuer (Muse, May/June 2019)

Why? People, not Objects, are the Future by John R. Grimes, Executive Director, Mission + Strategic Solutions, Inc. (Muse, March/April 2017)

Young Makers Express Themselves by Carolyn Holmes, Managing Director, Two Rivers Gallery (Muse, May/June 2017)

Unesco/ICOM Museum Studies Training Package:

WIPO Guide on Managing Intellectual Property for Museums

Cultural Diversity Publications

Working With Our Communities - David Goa

Communities and Museums: Building Lasting Relationships - David Goa

The Search for Knowledge: Research as Invitation and Response - Henriette Kelker

The Chinese Community in Markham - Dan Liu and Birgitta MacLeod

Community Mapping and Museums - Sandra Massey

The Ethnographic Gaze - Faith Moosang

Study Circles (Red Deer and District Museum and Archives) - David Ridley

Photography, Sympatheia, and Canada's Visual Heritage - Ronald Silvers

A Museum Vision - Nicole Rouel Weppler and Ronald Silvers