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The Archives of Ontario collects, manages, and preserves the significant records of Ontario and promotes public access to Ontario’s documentary heritage. The Archives is a division of the Ontario Ministry of Government and Consumer Services. Within the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services the Archives of Ontario is referred to as the Information, Privacy and Archives Division. The Information, Privacy and Archives division promotes effective recordkeeping, access and privacy practices across the public sector and provides strategic leadership for access to information, privacy protection, and records management.

The Archives of Ontario is the second largest archives in Canada and provides a window into the past for all Ontarians, connecting us with our ancestors, our communities and our government.

Our customers have access to a unique and multi-faceted collection that includes records dating back to the late 16th century and contains everything from hand-written ledgers to electronic files, hand-drawn maps, architectural drawings, photographs, films and sound recordings.

Through this website and our public service facility we encourage Ontarians and others to take advantage of this rich heritage.


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Introduction Video-Archives of Ontario



While our own memories may fade, the records held by the Archives are true and lasting testaments to the activities, beliefs and principles of those who came before us. For a brief introduction watch the video to the right.