Museums Act (S.C. 1990, c. 3)

Act current to 2016-02-03 and last amended on 2014-08-29. Previous Versions

Establishment of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights

Marginal note:Establishment
  •  (1) There is established a corporation to be called the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.

  • Marginal note:Affiliated museums

    (2) The Canadian Museum for Human Rights shall include any affiliated museums that the Board of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights may, by by-law, establish with the approval of the Governor in Council.

  • 2008, c. 9, s. 2.

Purpose, Capacity and Powers of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights

Marginal note:Purpose

 The purpose of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights is to explore the subject of human rights, with special but not exclusive reference to Canada, in order to enhance the public’s understanding of human rights, to promote respect for others and to encourage reflection and dialogue.

  • 2008, c. 9, s. 2.
Marginal note:Capacity and powers
  •  (1) In furtherance of its purpose, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights has, subject to this Act, the capacity of a natural person and, elsewhere than in Quebec, the rights, powers and privileges of a natural person. In particular, but without limiting the generality of the foregoing, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights may

    • (a) collect museum material related to human rights;

    • (b) maintain its collection by preservation, conservation or restoration or the establishment of records or documentation;

    • (c) sell, exchange, give away, destroy or otherwise dispose of museum material in its collection and use any revenue obtained from that disposal to further its collection;

    • (d) lend or borrow museum material on long- or short-term loan;

    • (e) organize, sponsor, arrange for or participate in travelling exhibitions, in Canada or internationally, of museum material in its collection or from other sources;

    • (f) undertake or sponsor any research related to its purpose or to museology and communicate the results of that research;

    • (g) provide facilities to permit qualified individuals to use or study its collection;

    • (h) promote knowledge and disseminate information related to its purpose, throughout Canada and internationally, by any appropriate means of education and communication;

    • (i) establish and foster links with other organizations that have a purpose similar to its own;

    • (j) share the expertise of its staff by undertaking or sponsoring training and apprenticeship programs that relate to its purpose;

    • (k) provide or arrange for professional and technical services to any other organization that has a purpose similar to its own;

    • (l) acquire property by gift, bequest or otherwise and hold in trust or otherwise, expend, invest, administer and dispose of that property;

    • (m) develop, operate and maintain branches or exhibition centres;

    • (n) operate restaurants, lounges, parking facilities, shops and other facilities for the use of the public;

    • (o) lease or otherwise make available any of its facilities to other persons; and

    • (p) charge for goods, services and admission and use the revenue so obtained for its own purposes.

  • Marginal note:Restriction

    (2) The Canadian Museum for Human Rights may not deal with property otherwise than in accordance with the terms, if any, on which it was acquired or is held.

  • 2008, c. 9, s. 2.

Establishment of the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21

Marginal note:Establishment
  •  (1) There is established a corporation to be called the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21.

  • Marginal note:Affiliated museums

    (2) The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 shall include any affiliated museums that the Board of the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 may, by by-law, establish with the approval of the Governor in Council.

  • 2010, c. 7, s. 2.

Purpose, Capacity and Powers of the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21

Marginal note:Purpose

 The purpose of the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 is to explore the theme of immigration to Canada in order to enhance public understanding of the experiences of immigrants as they arrived in Canada, of the vital role immigration has played in the building of Canada and of the contributions of immigrants to Canada’s culture, economy and way of life.

  • 2010, c. 7, s. 2.
Marginal note:Capacity and powers
  •  (1) In furtherance of its purpose, the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 has, subject to this Act, the capacity of a natural person and, elsewhere than in Quebec, the rights, powers and privileges of a natural person. In particular, but without limiting the generality of the foregoing, the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 may

    • (a) collect museum material related to immigration;

    • (b) maintain its collection by preservation, conservation or restoration or the establishment of records or documentation;

    • (c) sell, exchange, give away, destroy or otherwise dispose of museum material in its collection and use any revenue obtained from that disposal to further its collection;

    • (d) lend or borrow museum material on long- or short-term loan;

    • (e) organize, sponsor, arrange for or participate in travelling exhibitions, in Canada or internationally, of museum material in its collection or from other sources;

    • (f) undertake or sponsor any research related to its purpose or to museology and communicate the results of that research;

    • (g) provide facilities to permit qualified individuals to use or study its collection;

    • (h) promote knowledge and disseminate information related to its purpose, throughout Canada and internationally, by any appropriate means of education and communication;

    • (i) establish and foster links with other organizations that have a purpose similar to its own;

    • (j) share the expertise of its staff by undertaking or sponsoring training and apprenticeship programs that relate to its purpose;

    • (k) provide or arrange for professional and technical services to any other organization that has a purpose similar to its own;

    • (l) acquire property by gift, bequest or otherwise and hold in trust or otherwise, expend, invest, administer and dispose of that property;

    • (m) develop, operate and maintain branches or exhibition centres;

    • (n) operate restaurants, lounges, parking facilities, shops and other facilities for the use of the public;

    • (o) lease or otherwise make available any of its facilities to other persons; and

    • (p) charge for goods, services and admission and use the revenue so obtained for its own purposes.

  • Marginal note:Restriction

    (2) The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 may not deal with property otherwise than in accordance with the terms, if any, on which it was acquired or is held.

  • 2010, c. 7, s. 2.

Capacity in Canada and Elsewhere

Marginal note:Capacity in Canada
  •  (1) Each museum may carry on its activities throughout Canada.

  • Marginal note:Capacity elsewhere

    (2) Each museum has the capacity to carry on its activities, conduct its affairs and exercise its powers in any jurisdiction outside Canada to the extent that the laws of that jurisdiction permit.

Validity of Acts

Marginal note:Rights preserved

 No act of a museum, including any transfer of property to or by a museum, is invalid by reason only that the act is contrary to this Act or the by-laws of the museum.

PART IIOrganization

Marginal note:Board of Trustees
  •  (1) There shall be a Board of Trustees of each museum, consisting of a Chairperson, a Vice-Chairperson and not more than nine other trustees to be appointed as provided in section 19.

  • Marginal note:Qualifications

    (2) A person is not eligible to be appointed as a member of the Board if that person is not a Canadian citizen.

  • Marginal note:Responsibility of Board

    (3) The Board is responsible for the fulfilment of the purposes and the management of the business, activities and affairs of the museum.

  • 1990, c. 3, s. 18;
  • 1995, c. 29, s. 46.
 
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