About the CMA

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.

We advocate for public policies and support, we build skills across the profession, and we establish and inspire connections to strengthen and sustain museums.


Our vision

Stronger museums. Engaged citizens. A better Canada.

Our mission

We champion, support, connect and elevate the museum sector.

Our values

Collaboration & community
Boldness & courage
Accountability & professionalism
Diversity, inclusiveness & social responsibility
Excellence & creativity

Strategic plan

Read the CMA’s strategic plan, including our goals, objectives and strategic approaches.


Visit this page for services offered by the CMA beyond those available to our membership.


Learn about our governance structure, including our Board of Directors and Executive Team. Here you’ll also find our bylaws and content related to annual general meetings, including any resolutions

Jobs in heritage and Young Canada Works program

Find a job board for the museum sector, details about the Young Canada Works Program, as well as information about CMA jobs.

News and announcements

In this section of our website we post the latest news, announcements and information from the Canadian Museums Association.


Visit this section of our site to read about the CMA’s various advocacy initiatives in support of the museum sector.

Reconciliation Program

Learn how the CMA is responding to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Call to Action #67 in addressing the inclusion and representation of Indigenous Peoples within museums and cultural centres.


Find information about provincial, territorial and international museums associations, as well as other CMA partner organizations.


The CMA was established in 1947. Learn more about our 70+ years supporting the museum community.