ARCHIVED - Library and Archives Canada contributes to CPAC’s New Digital Archive - 18 000 hours of parliamentary proceedings will be digitized

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Ottawa, October 15, 2012 – Library and Archives Canada (LAC) has already digitized 4,000 hours of Parliamentary proceedings recordings to contribute to The CPAC Digital Archive: Rewinding the Public Record, an initiative by the Cable Public Affairs Channel (CPAC).
As part of its 20th anniversary celebrations, CPAC makes available, through its website, thousands of archival hours of prime political programming, including Parliamentary proceedings from the House of Commons provided by LAC.
"This collaboration shows LAC’s commitment to reach as many Canadians as possible with specific online content geared to their interests,” says Daniel J. Caron, Deputy Head and Librarian and Archivist of Canada. “Together, LAC and CPAC contribute to the preservation of Canada’s documentary heritage.”
LAC’s contribution will continue over the next few years, reaching a total of about 18,000 hours, which will cover from 1977 into 2001. Each hour of recording takes approximately three hours to be digitized.
“CPAC is committed to giving Canadians a window on their democracy,” says Colette Watson, President and General Manager of CPAC. “Our partnership with LAC ensures that window extends to the past so viewers can experience history as it happened, on demand.”
The CPAC Digital Archive can be accessed via the CPAC website at It can also be accessed through the LAC website.
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