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Expanding Our Collections - Our Private Acquisitions Strategy

How is the Archives of Ontario working to expand its private collections? We are working to broaden the representation of Ontario society in the records we collect. Our Private Acquisitions Strategy [Word, PDF] guides our efforts to target acquisitions from individuals, businesses and groups.

The goal is to acquire records that reflect Ontario’s diversity in all its forms, including age, ethnicity, gender, religion, ability/disability, socio-economic status, and political perspective.

A core component of the strategy is keeping the public informed of our ongoing acquisition priorities and how we’re expanding our collections.

We are committed to promoting the Archives of Ontario as the suitable place for private donations of provincial significance.

Is the Archives of Ontario interested in collecting records from specific sectors?

Yes, the Archives of Ontario has identified sectors for acquisition to reflect interactions between government and citizens. Our assessment of sectors of high-priority acquisition aligns with the administrative divisions found in the Ontario Government.

Nine high-priority sectors for private records acquisition have been identified.



  • provincial health-focused organizations
  • colleges of practitioners
  • professional associations and unions
  • advocacy organizations
  • healthcare and research organizations
  • individual practitioners
Read More: Analysis Report of the Health Sector in Ontario [Word, PDF]



  • publically and privately funded educational institutions
  • professional associations
  • advocacy and labour organizations
  • research and advancement organizations
  • individuals and educators
Read More: Analysis Report of the Education Sector in Ontario [Word, PDF]



  • provincial environment-focused organizations
  • conservation authorities
  • advocacy organizations
  • environmental research organizations
  • for-profit entities
  • individuals and environmentalists
Read More: Analysis Report of the Environment Sector in Ontario [Word, PDF]



  • Integrated transit agencies
  • Municipal transit agencies
  • Public transit advocacy
  • Alternative transportation bodies
  • Commercial and freight
  • Transportation training and education
  • Individuals and activists
Read More:Analysis Report of the Transportation Sector in Ontario [Word, PDF]



  • Professional organizations
  • Construction, engineering and architectural companies
  • Planning and consulting firms
  • Advocacy and labour organizations
  • Individuals and consultants
Read More: Analysis Report of the Infrastructure Sector in Ontario [Word, PDF]

Community Services


  • Community services support organizations
  • Professional associations
  • Advocacy organizations
  • Individuals and practitioners
  • Developmental and rehabilitation centres
Read More: Analysis Report of the Ontario Community Services Sector in Ontario [Word, PDF]



  • Labour union organizations
  • Employers’ organizations
  • Workers’ rights organizations
  • Labour activists (individuals)
  • Workers’ support organizations
  • Facilitators / mediators
  • Workers’ health and safety organizations
Read More:Analysis Report of the Labour Sector in Ontario[Word, PDF]



  • Corporate power generators
  • Community and individual power generators
  • Power management, transmission and planning agencies
  • Advocacy organizations
  • Alternative energy researchers
  • Raw material suppliers
Read More:Analysis Report of the Energy Sector in Ontario [Word, PDF]

Business and Industry


  • Aerospace
  • Automotive
  • Clean energy
  • Clean technology
  • Culture
  • Digital gaming
  • Environment
  • Financial services
  • Food and beverage manufacturing
  • Information technology
  • Life sciences
  • Materials
  • Media
  • Medical technologies
  • Mining
  • Natural resources
  • Nanotechnology
  • Tourism investment
  • Small business
Read More:Analysis Report of the Business and Industry Sector in Ontario  [Word, PDF]

We continue to review Ontario sectors in order to identify our gaps and guide our priorities.

Other Ontario Sectors of interest include, but are not limited to;

  • Agriculture
  • Culture
  • Natural resources
  • Science and Technology
  • Sports and Tourism
  • Consumer Services