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June 14, 2016 14:39 ET

Library and Archives Canada Announces $1.5 Million in Funding to Help Local Communities Preserve Canada's Documentary Heritage

Ten projects funded in Ontario

QUEBEC CITY, QUEBEC--(Marketwired - June 14, 2016) - Library and Archives Canada (LAC)

Library and Archives Canada (LAC) will provide $1.5 million in funding to 40 projects led by archives, libraries and heritage institutions across Canada. The announcement of the recipients of this second cycle of the Documentary Heritage Communities Program (DHCP) was made today at the annual meeting of the Association des archivistes du Québec held in Quebec City from June 13 to 15.

The DHCP was created in 2015 to provide financial assistance for activities that augment the visibility of and access to materials held by Canada's local documentary heritage institutions. It also aims to increase the capacity of local institutions to sustainably preserve, promote and showcase the country's documentary heritage. The DHCP provides contributions to eligible applicants across Canada for a variety of projects that will also allow citizens to access and engage with their nation's history like never before.

Funded projects from Ontario are:

  • Increasing Access to Archives (Dundas Historical Society), Dundas;
  • Digitization of Photographic Collections (Jewish Federation of Ottawa - Ottawa Jewish Archives), Ottawa;
  • National Archive Description Bulk Import/Export Capability Development (Canadian Council of Archives), Ottawa;
  • ARCHIVESCANADA Digital Preservation Service (Canadian Council of Archives)
  • Canadiana Software Development (, Ottawa;
  • Digitization and Training Project (Brant County Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society), Paris;
  • Advancing Archeion Phase ll: Community Capacity-building through Onsite Support (Archives Association of Ontario), Toronto;
  • Reel Heritage 2.0 (Toronto International Film Festival), Toronto;
  • Increasing Access to Irreplaceable Records of Our Histories of Migration and Ethnicity (Multicultural History Society of Ontario), Toronto;
  • New Collection Digitization and Virtual Exhibit Project (Connexions Archive & Library), Toronto.

Consult the list of the 2016-2017 recipients from Ontario and other provinces and territories:

Quick facts

  • Organizations such as archives, privately funded libraries, historical societies, genealogical organizations and societies, museums with an archival component and relevant professional associations are eligible to apply for funding under the DHCP.
  • Applications received by LAC are reviewed by an external advisory committee.
  • The deadline to apply for the next funding cycle (2017-2018) is January 27, 2017.


"Congratulations to all the beneficiaries of the Documentary Heritage Communities Program for 2016-17. This program allows archives and libraries from coast to coast to coast to offer new ways of presenting and distributing pan-Canadian heritage content."

-The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage

"We are pleased to receive this support which will provide a mechanism to preserve digital information-in French and English-and enhance access and preservation capacity for our documentary history. LAC is an integral partner within the Canadian Archival System and we are pleased, on behalf of all Canadians, to be able to realize these important projects."

- Lara Wilson, Chairperson, Canadian Council of Archives

"We are delighted to be able to make available the transactions of the Literary and Historical Society of Quebec. These rich historical documents cover a broad range of subjects including science, history, literature and more. People from across Canada and the world will gain access to them thanks to the funding from Library and Archives Canada."

- Barry McCullough, Literary and Historical Society of Quebec

Associated Link

The Documentary Heritage Communities Program website

N.B. Contact information for the 2016-2017 recipients is also available from LAC.

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