CMA’s Young Canada Works team seeks volunteer peer reviewers

Part of the Government of Canada’s Youth Employment and Skills Strategy, the Canadian Museums Association (CMA) collaborates with Canadian Heritage in delivering the Young Canada Works program, which offers summer jobs and internships in museums and related organizations. This funding is an important investment in the future of the museum industry, creating development opportunities for future colleagues.

As the next funding cycle gets underway, the CMA is recruiting volunteers to participate in two Peer Review Committees:
  • Young Canada Works in Heritage Organizations (YCWHO) – Summer Jobs for students
    Review period planned for first 3 weeks of February
  • Young Canada Works at Building Careers in Heritage (YCWBCH) – Internships for recent graduates
    Review period planned for mid-March.
Participating as a peer reviewer is one great way you can lend your support to museums and young people who benefit from this important program. Peer reviewers participate electronically, and these committees include heritage professionals at different stages of their careers, representing Canada's wide range of cultural institutions and various regions. Committee members will evaluate project proposals remotely based on criteria established by the Department of Canadian Heritage and provide the CMA with funding recommendations.

If you are a current or past-applicant to YCW programs, you can participate in our committees. The CMA will ensure you evaluate applications from another region of Canada.

To participate, we ask that you are...
  • a museum professional (employee, volunteer, or retiree of a Canadian heritage organization);
  • fluent in one official language (however, the ability to read both official languages is preferred);
  • able to commit between 20 and 35 hours to the evaluation of project proposals during the review period.
Some of the benefits are...
  • exposure to diverse and innovative project proposals from across Canada;
  • increased understanding of the YCW programs and the funding process;
  • greater involvement with the CMA;
  • professional development, especially for new committee members.
Interested? Please send a brief email to with the following information:
  1. Your contact information;
  2. Your experience in the museum community;
  3. List of all heritage sector employers or partners (past and present, to avoid any potential conflicts of interest);
  4. Your ability to read in either official language (French, English or both);
  5. Number of hours you are able to commit to the evaluation process.
The CMA would like to thank you for your interest. Should you not be selected for a YCW Peer Review Committee, you may be contacted to assist in future years.