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Notice of fee increase for reproduction services:

The Archives of Ontario is dedicated to making its resources and services as widely accessible as possible. In order to continue offering high-quality services, we are required to increase fees to reflect actual cost. To ease transition, the new fees are being phased in. A price increase for all reproduction services will come into effect as of September 1, 2015. Please note that a similar and final increase will take place in September 2016. For a full list of our new 2015 fees, please see Guide 105 - Reproduction Services and Fees, which will be available September 1 on the Archives’ website here and in the Archives’ Reading Room

Please note that the Archives of Ontario will be closed Monday, September 7, Labor Day.For the list of Statutory Holidays, Please Click here.

Visiting the Archives during Pan Am/Parapan Am Games?. Click here for details.

Ontario Regional Centres Records
A settlement agreement reached in a class action lawsuit brought against Ontario by former residents of Huronia Regional Centre was approved in Superior Court on December 3, 2013.

Detail of photograph showing people sailing on the ice

In honour of the TORONTO2015 Pan Am / Parapan Am Games, let’s celebrate  our athletic heritage and fascinating moments in Ontario sports history.

Alan Sullivan and family [October, 1915]
As a result of a licencing agreement between the Archives of Ontario and Family Search International, starting May 30, 2015, historical microfilmed vital statistics records will be available online, through the Family Search International (FSI) website. This includes indexes and registrations for 1869-1910 births, 1869-1927 marriages and 1869-1937 deaths.
Jackie throwing Shot put
Shot put and discus champion, Jackie MacDonald, was a trail blazer for amateur sport in Canada, and was instrumental in challenging conventional views of female athletes. Visit our exhibit featuring Jackie’s scrapbooks to learn more about her prolific athletic career from 1947 to 1958.
WW1 Speakers series logo
The world’s first-ever global conflict erupted 100 years ago. To commemorate the centenary of WWI, the Archives is hosting a series of engaging talks designed to connect Ontario residents with archival records related to the war.
Group portrait in car, with Herbert Coleman McEachern in front passenger seat
Trips across Europe.  Expensive cars.  Royal company. You might think these luxuries were exclusive to Ontario’s early-twentieth-century upper class.  Our new Reading Room exhibit, exploring the life and times of Herbert Coleman McEachern, chauffeur to Lady Flora McCrea Eaton, shows a different story.
Love, Life, Remembrance poster images
On October 3, 1914, the first contingent of the Canadian Expeditionary Force set sail for England. Exactly one century later, on October 3, 2014, Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell opened the Archives of Ontario’s newest onsite exhibit.