Public release of the 2017 Report on the Government of Canada Survey of Heritage Institutions

The Department of Canadian Heritage has released the 2017 report on the Government of Canada Survey of Heritage Institutions (GCSHI), which collected financial and operating information for the 2015 data year as well as building and capital infrastructure information for the 2017 data year on not-for-profit heritage institutions, including museums, art galleries, archives, historic sites, zoos and botanical gardens.

The BCMA was pleased to help promote the survey last year and along with the Department of Canadian Heritage we want to thank everyone who took the time to respond to the 2017 survey. Your input contributed to making the survey a success. The statistics collected through the survey are invaluable as we work collectively to advocate for the sector.

National highlights from the survey include:

  • Museums and other heritage institutions in Canada generate over $2.5B in revenue.
  • Attendance to all heritage institutions reached a record 75.3 million in 2015.
  • There were over 203 million online visits to heritage institutions in Canada in 2015.
  • Heritage institutions received approximately 1.2 million research requests in 2015.
  • The heritage sector employs more than 36,300 people.
  • The heritage workforce is made up of more females (66%) than males (34%).
  • 4% of heritage workers self-identify as a visible minority.
  • Over 115,650 volunteers contributed over 6.6 million volunteer hours in 2015 (the equivalent of 3,200 full-time positions).
  • Nearly 38% of all heritage institutions stated that their buildings and capital infrastructure are less than adequate.

Please take a moment to discover some of the latest results from the 2017 GCSHI report HERE.

BCMA looks forward to working with Canadian Heritage to analyze BC data from the survey and we will share those highlights soon.