At Library and Archives Canada (LAC), we use evidence-based policies and make strategic decisions to deliver on our mandate to Canadians in an accountable and transparent manner. LAC’s strategic policy suites ensure consistency and coherence among different parts of the institution and alignment with relevant Government of Canada policies.
All LAC staff are involved in policy development. Strategic direction is provided by senior management who approve strategic policy frameworks (broad principles) and related policies (requirements and responsibilities). Staff then implement these policies.
Access Policy Suite
Approved in 2016, the Access Policy Framework and its policies facilitate access to LAC’s collection. LAC seeks to make its holdings available, accessible and discoverable within legal restrictions. The following policies fall under the framework and elaborate on its principles:
Evaluation and Acquisition Policy Suite
Approved in 2016, the Evaluation and Acquisition Policy Framework and its policies provide the principles guiding evaluation and acquisition of documentary heritage material. These principles are: national significance, collaboration, representativeness, expertise-based, and complementarity.
Stewardship Policy Suite
Approved in 2013, the Stewardship Policy Framework and its policies outline LAC's approach to long-term preservation of Canada's documentary heritage, addressing the principles of trustworthiness, sustainability, and collaboration with other heritage institutions. LAC strives for a responsible balance between ensuring preservation and facilitating access to the collection. The following policy falls under the framework and elaborates on its principles:
Policy Management Framework
Approved in 2018, the Policy Management Framework establishes principles and requirements that enable policy development, implementation and governance at LAC.