Digitization Partnerships


  • 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
Email: melanie.brown@canada.ca
Tel: 613-897-1428

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