Olivier LeBlanc-Roy, Technician, Exhibitions, working on the conversion of the gallery lighting to a LED system. Photo: Patrick Migneault – McCord Stewart Museum

Sustainable Development Process

The McCord Stewart Museum and its Foundation are fully committed to taking action on growing environmental issues, the challenges of inclusion and social justice, and the need to pursue decolonization.

With the adoption of an updated and transformative vision for sustainable development, the Museum and its Foundation are ensuring they have the means to set the benchmark for museums, backed by their rigour, ingenuity and creativity.

Sustainable Development Policy

Nine Guiding Principles

Applying to all Museum and Foundation activities, the Sustainable Development Policy defines the nine guiding principles that underpin their approach to sustainability:

  • Preservation and recognition of cultural heritage
  • Inclusion and accessibility
  • Decolonization
  • Social justice and equity
  • Health and quality of life
  • Environmental stewardship
  • Cooperation
  • Creativity and innovation
  • Sharing and transparency

Three Main Components

The Policy has three main components, each of which corresponds to one or more strategies guided by general objectives. With support from the management team and the institution’s full range of services, a committee monitors and oversees the actions set out in a comprehensive plan of action:


  • Incorporate the concept of sustainable development into all practices
  • Report on the process and contribute to the promotion of sustainable development


  • Champion the Museum and Foundation values of inclusivity and social justice


  • Minimize the environmental footprint of Museum and Foundation activities

Responsible Procurement Policy

About this initiative

The Responsible Procurement Policy is an initiative put forward in the 2022–2027 Sustainable Development Action Plan of the McCord Stewart Museum and its Foundation, which are looking to take concrete action on the environmental front for the benefit of the entire community.

The policy’s goal is to make criteria promoting the acquisition of environmentally, socially and economically sound products and services an integral part of our purchasing habits. Responsible procurement is based on a long-term vision that takes all three aspects into account.

The policy is also a guide for Museum and Foundation staff, board members, volunteers and interns who play a role in the supply chain. In addition, with this new policy, the Museum and its Foundation hope to educate partners and external service providers and encourage them to make sustainable and responsible choices.

Guiding Principles

The policy is founded on the following guiding principles:

  • Local sourcing: Encouraging local sourcing that reflects the specific needs and circumstances of all Museum and Foundation services.
  • Ethics: Prioritizing external service providers who share the same values as the Museum and its Foundation in regard to social and environmental matters.
  • Restraint and responsible consumption: Changing consumption patterns by implementing a new approach to determine whether a purchase is justified. The Museum and its Foundation must take steps to encourage restraint while maintaining the level of service that their missions require.
  • Resource pooling: Sharing internal intellectual resources to advance responsible procurement efforts, knowledge and innovation.
  • Exemplarity: Serving as a role model in matters of sustainable development and responsible procurement for other museums and the cultural sector at large.
  • Environmental integrity: Opting for procurement practices that reduce the Museum’s and Foundation’s footprint on ecosystems as a whole.

Join the Museum in this process

Go green during your next visit

  • Privilege public transit and active transportation, as the Museum is located in downtown Montreal, across the street from McGill University. There is no reserved parking for Museum visitors.
    The Museum is served by the McGill metro station (green line) and the 24 bus on Sherbrooke Street West. Bike parking is available on Victoria Street.
  • Remember to bring your reusable cup for a coffee to go at Café Notman. The Café also has a fresh menu with healthy, local produce.
    To make a reservation, call us at 514 861-6701, ext. 1306. Important notice: We do not take cash. Payment by card only. 
  • Bring your water bottle. There’s a fountain on level V of the Museum where you can fill it. 
  • Use Tourisme Montréal’s calculator to assess the carbon footprint of your stay in Montreal. You can offset it with a donation if you wish. 

Organize a sustainable event (PDF)

There are several reasons why it’s important to move towards sustainable events  : reduce environmental impact, promote social responsibility and reduce costs among other things. Download our guide for more informations.

Guide to Organizing a Sustainable Event


The Museum and its Foundation are accompanied in this process by the Réseau des femmes en environnement, thanks to the support of the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ) and the Fonds d’action québécois pour le développement durable (FAQDD). We would like to take this opportunity to thank them for their support!

Do you have questions?

For all questions about the Museum and the Foundation sustainable development process, contact:

Martine Couillard
Head, Government and Institutional Relations

Caroline Truchon
Project Manager, Exhibitions


Not to be missed!

Not to be missed!