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BECOME A MEMBER TODAY!

CASC is a registered charity that builds capacity for its members by facilitating and assisting in leveraging opportunities, relationships and knowledge sharing. CASC depends on its membership dues to sustain its daily operating needs.

This section provides more detailed information about membership and benefits, and how to join the CASC.

Your support of the Canadian Association of Science Centres (CASC), through your membership, helps us better advocate on behalf of Canada’s science engagement community. Being connected makes us stronger as a community. 

JOIN US...

> If you believe the importance of making science approachable and relatable on a local scale, and providing accessible places for people to fuel their curiosity about science.
> If you want to be part of a community that bridges the formal and informal science learning environments.
> If you believe science and innovation engagement has the power to ignite curiosity, deepen learning, and empower collective action.
> If you care about increasing interest in science and inspiring the next generation of young adults to pursue a career in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math).
> If you support the idea of sharing best science engagement practices, cultivating an ecosystem approach, helping scale innovative initiatives, and helping to drive policy change to recognize and value the informal science learning and public engagement sector.
SCIENCE CENTRE/MUSEUM MEMBERS:

CRITERIA

Science Centre/Museum members, located in Canada and open to the public on a regular schedule, identify primarily as:

  • a science or technology centre or museum, a planetarium, aquarium, zoo, insectarium, makerspace, or a similar organization devoted, at least in part, to the public understanding and appreciation of science and technology and
  • are incorporated as a non-profit or for profit organization, or similar institution administered by colleges/universities, federal, provincial, territorial, Indigenous, or local government agencies.
MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS

Reciprocal Agreement

Advocacy

  • Helping to drive policy change to recognize and value the informal science learning and public engagement sector.
  • Representation at the federal level on issues of support and science awareness and literacy.
Building Capacity

Marketing & Publications

Networking & Professional Development

  • Exclusive CASC member virtual webinars, forums, and social events.
  • Access to Communities of Practice (CoP).
  • Networking events including our Annual Conference and Canadian Get-together at ASTC.
  • Discounts on CASC events.
  • Opportunities to sit on a CASC Committee and Advisory Boards.
  • Opportunities to sit on the CASC Board of Directors.
  • Access to a detailed members' directory.
  • Access to CASC Research Publications.

VOTING

Science Centre/Museum Member is entitled to receive notice of, attend and vote at all meetings of members and each Science Centre/Museum Member shall be entitled to one (1) vote at such meetings.

TERM

The term of membership of a Science Centre/Museum Member shall be annual (January 1 to December 31), subject to renewal in accordance with the CASC membership policy. 

MEMBERSHIP DUES

Operating Budget (max - min)

Over $10 million

Over $5 million

Over $2 million

Over $1.2 million

Over $700, 000

Over $500,000

Over $200,000

Under $200,000

Annual Fee*

$3,625

$2,425

$1,950

$1,450

$845

$605

$365

$180

* All applications received after April 30 will be prorated.

AFFILIATE MEMBERS

CRITERIA

Affiliate Members shall be:

                • Non-profit or for profit organizations—or federal, provincial, territorial, Indigenous, or local government agencies—that support the purpose of the CASC and share its focus on the public understanding and appreciation of science and technology, but that are not and do not operate science centers or museums.
                • Independent contractors and consultants that offer products or services to the science-center community—and that direct their own work, maintain their own office or place of work, control the means of performing their services including the sequence and hours of work, do not own a staffed commercial entity or have employees, supply equipment and materials to do their work, and work on behalf of several science centers, museums, or science education organizations at the same time—shall be eligible to join the CASC as Affiliate Members.
                • Emerging science centres/museums (located in Canada) that are under development and not yet open to the public—and educational non-profit or for-profit organizations, universities, and federal, provincial, territorial, Indigenous, or local government agencies that are managing the development of an emerging science center or museum that is under development and not yet open to the public—also shall be eligible to join the CASC as Affiliate Members.

MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS

Advocacy

                • Helping to drive policy change to recognize and value the informal science learning and public engagement sector.
                • Representation at the federal level on issues of support and science awareness and literacy

Building Capacity

                • Access to programming and funding opportunities.
                • CASCADE Awards Nomination Eligibility.

Marketing & Publications

Networking & Professional Development

                • Exclusive CASC member virtual webinars, forums, and social events.
                • Access to Communities of Practice (CoP).
                • Networking events including our Annual Conference and Canadian Get-together at ASTC.
                • Discounts on CASC events.
                • Opportunities to sit on a CASC Committee and Advisory Boards.
                • Opportunities to sit on the CASC Board of Directors.
                • Access to a detailed members' directory.
                • Access to CASC Research Publications.

VOTING

Each Affiliate Member is entitled to receive notice of, attend and vote at all meetings of members and each Affiliate Member shall be entitled to one (1) vote at such meetings.

TERM

The term of membership of Affiliate Members shall be annual (January 1 to December 31), subject to renewal in accordance with the CASC membership policy.

MEMBERSHIP DUES

# of Employees

1-2

3-5

6-10

11-24

25 -49

50 -100

101+

Annual Fee*

$180

$275

$605

$875

$1,100

$1,450

$1,705

* All applications received after April 30 will be prorated.

INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS

CRITERIA

Individual Members shall be individuals, such as students, retirees, or professionals, who support the purpose of the CASC and share its focus on the public understanding and appreciation of science and technology. They may or may not be employees of a Science Centre/Museum Member or Affiliate Member organization. Individual Members include Honorary Patrons designated through the CASCADE award process. An Honorary Patron is a lifetime status.

Individual Honorary Members are individuals who were presented with an Outstanding Individual Achievement Award at a CASCADE Awards ceremony. This is a lifetime honor with a recurring membership.

MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS

Advocacy

      • Helping to drive policy change to recognize and value the informal science learning and public engagement sector.
      • Representation at the federal level on issues of support and science awareness and literacy.

Networking & Professional Development

          • Exclusive CASC member virtual webinars, forums, and social events.
          • Access to Communities of Practice (CoP).
          • Networking events including our Annual Conference and Canadian Get-together at ASTC.
          • Discounts on CASC events.
          • Opportunities to sit on a CASC Committee and Advisory Boards.
          • Opportunities to sit on the CASC Board of Directors.
          • Access to a detailed members' directory.
          • Access to CASC Research Publications.

VOTING

Each Individual Member is entitled to receive notice of, attend and vote at all meetings of members and each Individual Member shall be entitled to one (1) vote at such meetings.

TERM

The term of membership of Individual Members shall be annual (January 1 to December 31), subject to renewal in accordance with the CASC membership policy.

MEMBERSHIP DUES

Occupation

Current Student (1 year graduation)

Industry Retiree

Current Industry Professional

Honorary Member

Annual Fee

$50

$75

$125

$0 (lifetime)

NOTE: Fees will not be prorated for this level.

Additional Eligibility Criteria

The Board of Directors may define additional eligibility criteria for membership, as well as processes for assessing entities’ compliance with any such criteria, and the Board of Directors also may define and establish categories of membership within each of the three classes for the purpose of establishing member dues or other reasons relevant to the CASC’s purposes, and may revise such categories from time to time.



Canadian Association of Science Centres

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Sudbury, ON. P3E 5S9

info@casc-accs.com

The CASC office is situated in Robinson Huron Treaty territory and the traditional territory of the Atikameksheng Anishnawbek. We pay respect to their traditions, ways of knowing and acknowledge their many contributions to the innovations in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Clearly and overtly this gratitude must be demonstrated in our collective commitment to truth and reconciliation, by working to transform existing relationships, with open dialogue, mutual understanding and respectful collaborations

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