Welcome to the first Canadian Collections Care Survey!
The objective of this survey is to examine the current state of collections care and conservation in Canada. This will provide data that can be used by institutions for advocacy, fundraising and programming purposes. It has been developed by the Canadian Association for Conservation of Cultural Property (CAC) and by the Canadian Association of Professional Conservators (CAPC).
On average, it takes people 15 minutes to complete (30 questions). If you wish to receive a final report of the findings directly, please provide your contact information at the end of the survey. Otherwise, the report will be made available on the CAC and CAPC website later in 2018.
Thanks in advance for your collaboration!
To help you collect data, you may download a copy of the questions.
Who should answer this survey:  Staff from museums, libraries, archives, art galleries or cultural centres with heritage collections that are accessible to the public. Only one response per institution please. The respondent should be familiar with the collection and facilities, and be able to obtain basic financial and staffing information.
Privacy and confidentiality statement
All responses, including any personal information you provide, will be kept strictly confidential. Your input will only be used in combination with the responses of others participating in the survey. Our research examines data associated with groups of respondents. Your individual responses are not shown to anyone. Open text answers could be shared in reports - but always anonymously.
Associate partners
  • Alberta Museums Association
  • Archives Society of Alberta
  • Association des archivistes du Québec
  • Association of Manitoba Museums
  • Association of Newfoundland and Labrador Archives
  • Association of Nova Scotia Museums
  • British Columbia Museums Association
  • Canadian Art Museum Directors Organization
  • Canadian Conservation Institute
  • Canadian Council of Archives
  • Canadian Heritage Information Network
  • Canadian Museums Association
  • Community Museums Association of PEI
  • Government of Yukon, Department of Tourism
  • Government of Nunavut, Department of Culture and Heritage
  • ICOM-Canada
  • Museum Association of Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Museum Association of Saskatchewan
  • Ontario Museum Association
  • Regroupement des services d'archives privés agréés du Québec
  • Saskatchewan Council for Archives and Archivists
  • Société des musées du Québec

* 2. How would you describe your institution? Select all that apply.

* 3. What is your role at your institution? Select all that apply.

* 4. How many items are part of your collection? If uncertain, please estimate.

* 5. How is the current size of your collection compared to what it was 20 years ago (1998)? Select the closest option.

* 6. What percentage of your collection is currently on display? If uncertain, please estimate.

0% (all items are in storage)
i We adjusted the number you entered based on the slider’s scale.

* 7. What was your institution’s total operating budget for 2017?

* 8. What was your institution’s budget for collections care in 2017? This may include items such as materials, equipment, supplies, external consultants or contractors, external service providers (e.g. pest control, movers, handlers), etc. Do not include staff salaries and wages. If you have a "Collections" line item in your budget, use that amount.

* 9. How is the number of paid staff whose duties include collections care different from 20 years ago (1998)? Use decimals for part-time staff (e.g. 0.5).

* 10. Of the paid staff whose duties include collections care, how many are trained conservators (i.e. graduates of a recognized program) - now and 20 years ago (1998)?

* 11. How many volunteers currently deliver collections care in your institution? Use decimals for part-time staff (e.g. 0.5).

* 12. Does your institution have access to an adequate conservation laboratory space that is equipped to carry out conservation treatments?

* 13. For which reason(s) does your institution hire private conservation firms or individual contract conservators? Select all that apply.

* 14. If you do not hire conservators on contract, please explain why. Select all that apply.

* 15. What percentage of your collection is in need of conservation treatment (i.e. active intervention, not preventive measures) before it can be used for your institution’s activities?

0% (all objects are ready to be used)
i We adjusted the number you entered based on the slider’s scale.

* 16. If you answered 1% or more for the previous question, does your institution currently have a plan or budget for objects requiring conservation treatment?

* 17. Do you have a preservation plan or policy for digital collections?

* 18. Do you have an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program?

* 19. Does your institution face any of the following issues in any of its main facilities where collections are present? Select all that apply. 

* 20. How do you use collections if not for display? Select all that apply. 

* 21. Do you have a written, up-to-date emergency plan that covers collections?

* 22. Are changes in object condition regularly updated in your collections / conservation database? (e.g. condition upon accessioning, damage incident, vandalism, after maintenance work, after treatment)

* 23. Does your institution operate under the following policies? Select all that apply.

* 24. What percentage of your collection is comprised of “found in collection” items (i.e. undocumented objects that remain without status after all attempts to reconcile them to existing records of permanent collection and loan objects are completed)? If you are unsure, please estimate.

0% (NONE are "found in collection" items)
i We adjusted the number you entered based on the slider’s scale.

* 25. What are your institution’s plans / policies concerning the repatriation of items of indigenous origin?

* 26. If you are a non-indigenous institution, what percentage of your collection is made up of materials originating from Canada’s indigenous peoples (First Nations, Inuit, Métis)?

0% (none are of indigenous origin)
i We adjusted the number you entered based on the slider’s scale.

* 27. Does your institution care for / treat / use indigenous artifacts with traditional methods / usages and through collaborations with members of the originating communities?

* 28. Additional comments / remarks related to any of the questions above, or on topics related to the specific collections care challenges you face as an institution (optional):

* 29. If you wish to receive a report on the findings of this survey, please provide your contact information:

* 30. I am willing to be contacted for follow-up questions (if so, please provide your email in the previous question):