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Statement from Canadian Museum of Nature on emergency financial support

June 18, 2020

The Canadian Museum of Nature is grateful for the emergency financial support from the Government of Canada announced today by the Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage. Since March 14, the doors to our museum (and those of Canada’s other national museums) have been closed due to COVID-19. 

The impacts of the pandemic have been far reaching – affecting all Canadians on a very personal level. For the Canadian Museum of Nature, this emergency support will sustain permanent salaries for staff in the face of lost revenues arising from the closure.

Each year, one-quarter (25%) of our museum’s annual operating budget is funded by earned revenues generated through admissions, program fees, memberships, facility rentals, café, boutique, parking and ancillary enterprise revenues. We are reliant on these revenues to sustain the human resources required for our operations.

Given the uncertainty of earned revenues for the balance of this fiscal year and the anticipated reductions in attendance into 2021, we will continue to contain program costs and monitor the impact of COVID-19 on visitation and earned revenues. 

In the meantime, we look forward to our planned reopening in September and remain grateful for the support of the Government of Canada, as well as donors, sponsors, members, volunteers, staff and the public at large who believe in our museum’s mission.

Meg Beckel
President and CEO
Canadian Museum of Nature