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Obtaining Copies From a Distance

For Records Available on Microfilm

If you identify a specific record that is available on microfilm and held by the Archives, you can access it in one of two ways (subject to restrictions):

1. If the Archives has a microfilmed copy of the record available through our interloan program, (we have some 32,000 reels of microfilm available through interloan), you may use our Microfilm Interloan Catalogue to borrow that microfilm through your local library. You can use a reader in your local library to view/copy the record you require. For more information consult Customer Service Guide 110: Microfilm Interloan Service [Word, PDF ].

2. If the microfilmed record is not available through our interloan program:

  • You are unable to visit the Archives in person.


  • You have all the information required to find the record in question.


  • The record you require consists of less than 25 pages.


  • You require the document to for legal or humanitarian reasons.
…you can ask that a copy of the record be mailed, e-mailed or faxed to you.

You may also order a certified copy of a record. These are generally used for legal purposes. To learn more about these please contact Or call the Archives at 416-327-1600 (local) or 1-800-668-9933 Toll-Free Number (Ontario only)

For records not available on Microfilm - Please contact our reference staff.