Immigration

Canada is distinguished from most other countries by the diversity of its population. Our unique cultural, ethnic and linguistic mosaic is reflected in the wide assortment of holdings at Library and Archives Canada associated with the different ethno-cultural groups.

The holdings include: immigration records and guides, travel guides, passenger lists, letters, diaries, journals, memoirs, newspapers (some ethnic titles), maps, art, photographs, music and film.

Immigration resources have been sorted into three categories:

Databases

Use Archives Search to search for other archival records, photographs, films, maps, etc.

Research tips:

  • Use keywords, e.g. immigr* (for immigrants, immigration) and a place or subject.

  • For federal government records, add the record group number to your keyword search, e.g. RG17, RG76, RG26. Those three Record Groups contain records relating to immigration and citizenship policy and administration.

Digitized Microforms

Published Sources

Use Library Search to search for published sources such as books, journals, newspapers, etc. Try Subject Keyword to start your search.

Genealogists might find the following books of interest:

Research Aids

Virtual Exhibitions

External Links to Other Institutions