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October 23, 2017

Compensation Study for Managers and Administrators in NFP Arts Organizations

Dear Colleague,

In 2003 and again in 2008, the Cultural Human Resources Council (CHRC) released a National Compensation Study for Management and Administration in Not-for-profit Arts Organizations. This landmark study was carried out in partnership with the Department of Canadian Heritage and the Canada Council for the Arts. It has proven to be a valuable document for cultural managers, employers and Boards of Directors alike, and there have been many requests for an update over the years.

Given the highly competitive labour market, CHRC believes that having current compensation data is critical for recruitment, retention and human resource planning. As a result, the Compensation Study update, also funded by the Department of Canadian Heritage and the Canada Council for the Arts, is being undertaken by CHRC and Mercer Canada.

Over 2,000 organizations in the sector are being invited to participate in the research. As one of those organizations, we hope you will agree to complete the survey that will be emailed to you next week by Mercer. It will also be available on CHRC’s Web site at It is not a 5-minute quick response questionnaire – it is detailed and, depending on the size of your organization, could take up to an hour to complete. We hope that won’t deter you. This information is vital to the ongoing management of a healthy cultural sector!

The questionnaire is to be downloaded, completed at your convenience and returned by email to a dedicated address. The attached FAQ should be helpful. To ensure confidentiality, Mercer will be responsible for the distribution, collection and analysis of all data. Participant organizations will be listed in the report, however individual data will not be divulged; only aggregate findings will be shared. 

December 7, 2017 is the closing date for responses to the survey. Following this, Mercer will undertake data analysis that will include consideration of the size, geographic location and type of institution for benchmark positional compensation profiles. In appreciation of your participation, Mercer will provide each participant organization with a summary report of findings early in the new year.

We also ask that you share information about the survey with your networks.

We thank you in advance for your participation in this important initiative.


Susan Annis
Executive Director