Museums Act (S.C. 1990, c. 3)

Act current to 2016-01-25 and last amended on 2014-08-29. Previous Versions

Marginal note:Staff
  •  (1) Each museum may engage such officers, employees and agents and such technical and professional advisers as it considers necessary for the proper conduct of its activities and may fix the terms and conditions of their engagement.

  • Marginal note:Not part of public service

    (2) Subject to subsections (3) to (5), the trustees, officers, employees and agents of a museum are not part of the federal public administration.

  • Marginal note:Superannuation

    (3) The officers and employees of a museum shall be deemed to be employed in the public service for the purposes of the Public Service Superannuation Act and the museum shall be deemed to be a Public Service corporation for the purposes of section 37 of that Act.

  • Marginal note:Idem

    (4) The Public Service Superannuation Act does not apply to a trustee, other than a trustee who is in receipt of a salary fixed by Parliament, the Governor in Council or the Treasury Board, unless, in the case of any one of them, the Governor in Council otherwise directs.

  • Marginal note:Compensation

    (5) The trustees, officers and employees of a museum shall be deemed to be employees for the purposes of the Government Employees Compensation Act and to be employed in the federal public administration for the purposes of any regulation made pursuant to section 9 of the Aeronautics Act.

  • 1990, c. 3, s. 24;
  • 2003, c. 22, ss. 224(E), 225(E).


Marginal note:Pre-establishment contracts
  •  (1) As of the date of its establishment under this Act, each museum shall be bound by any deed, contract or agreement entered into on its behalf by the Minister before its establishment and shall be entitled to the benefits of any such deed, contract or agreement and the Minister shall cease to be bound.

  • Marginal note:Not retroactive

    (2) Subsection (1) does not apply to any museum already established by this Act on the day on which that subsection comes into force.

  • 2008, c. 9, s. 4.
Marginal note:Head office

 The head office of each museum shall be in such place in Canada as the Governor in Council may, by order, specify.

Marginal note:Agent of Her Majesty

 Each museum is, for all purposes of this Act, an agent of Her Majesty in right of Canada.

Marginal note:Restriction on directives
  •  (1) No directive shall be given to a museum under section 89 or subsection 114(3) of the Financial Administration Act with respect to cultural activities, including

    • (a) the acquisition, disposal, conservation or use of any museum material relevant to its activities;

    • (b) its activities and programs for the public, including exhibitions, displays and publications; and

    • (c) research with respect to the matters referred to in paragraphs (a) and (b).

  • Marginal note:Regulations not applicable

    (2) No regulation made pursuant to subsection 114(4) of the Financial Administration Act prescribing the content of by-laws applies to a museum with respect to cultural activities, including the matters referred to in paragraphs (1)(a) to (c).

  • Marginal note:Inconsistency

    (3) Sections 19, 23 and 28 apply in respect of each museum notwithstanding any inconsistency with Part X of the Financial Administration Act.

  • Marginal note:Disposal of real property

    (4) Notwithstanding subsection 99(3) of the Financial Administration Act, subsection 99(2) of that Act applies to each museum with respect to the sale or other disposal of real property.

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