- Library and Archives Canada (LAC) regularly collaborates with commercial companies to share the costs of digitization and indexing while granting these companies various rights to use the digitized records.
- These commercial agreements are one pillar of LAC’s investment in the digitization and indexing of its collections to ensure broad, free access to documentary heritage for Canadians.
- To date, LAC has established successful collaborative projects with organizations such as Ancestry, Family Search International and Canadiana.org.
- For example, in 2018-19, LAC partnered with Family Search International to index the 1926 Census of the Prairie Provinces. This metadata ensures that all 45,000 pages of the Census are searchable through various fields.
- LAC strives to seek partnerships to make a variety of digitized content available online.
- The primary focus for genealogical partnerships is LAC’s census and immigration records.
- LAC has also hosted agreements with universities and non-profit organizations that seek to make available non-genealogical collections, such as records related to the internment of Japanese Canadians during the Second World War, and the Diaries of Second World War.
Key Public Messages
- As a result of digitization partnerships, more than 30 million images have been scanned or indexed and made available online.
- LAC continues to invest in digitization and in making accessible the most highly used collections for Canadians.
Melanie Brown, Manager, Strategic Initiatives, Public Services Branch