Library and Archives Canada offers financial assistance to preserve and share your histories and documentary heritage

News release

October 18, 2018 – Gatineau, Quebec

Library and Archives Canada announced today the launch of the 2019–2020 funding cycle for its Documentary Heritage Communities Program.

Since this program was introduced in 2015, some 130 organizations have taken advantage of the financial assistance provided to enhance their capacity to sustainably preserve, share and highlight Canada’s documentary heritage. Every dollar invested helps to increase awareness of and access to local and regional histories that should be known and told across the country, not only in the communities where the projects originated.

Eligible libraries, archival centres and other memory institutions can now apply for a portion of the $1.5 million that will be allocated in 2019–2020.

The Program’s eligibility criteria and guidelines are posted on the Library and Archives Canada website. Please read them, because some changes have been made that may affect applications. For questions about the Program, call Library and Archives Canada at 819-997-0893 or 1-844-757-8035, or email The application deadline for the 2019–2020 funding cycle is January 8, 2019, at 11:59 p.m., Eastern Standard Time.


“The work done by documentary heritage devotees on projects that we have been able to support financially is absolutely amazing! The range of initiatives and their impact reflect an incredible wealth of material. This program clearly shows the importance of collaboration among memory institutions, regardless of their nature. It is through more collaboration, more partnerships, more public awareness and more relevance that we can realize all the fantastic possibilities available to us when we work together.”

Guy Berthiaume, Librarian and Archivist of Canada

“The financial assistance provided by the Program has enabled us to treat, digitize and preserve nitrate negatives, which are highly flammable and unstable supports that generate gases threatening the preservation of the negatives and adjacent prints. Digitizing nitrate negatives is a way to share images with the public and preserve the images over the long term. As a museum, we have a multitude of dissemination projects in which these images could be used, including social media.”

Mylène Bélanger, Archivist, EXPORAIL, Canadian Railway Museum

Quick facts

  • Since the Documentary Heritage Communities Program was created in 2015, Library and Archives Canada has invested $6 million in supporting some 170 projects submitted by 130 organizations.

  • The following types of non-profit organizations can apply for financial assistance under the Program, whether they are incorporated or not: libraries, archives, historical societies, professional library and archival associations, genealogical organizations and societies, organizations with an archival component, Indigenous organizations, and Indigenous governmental institutions.

  • Applications received by Library and Archives Canada are reviewed by an External Advisory Committee.

  • The Program supports a wide range of projects across all provinces and territories: women’s groups, Indigenous peoples, LGBTQ2, visible minorities and linguistic-minority communities, among others.

  • Some changes have been made to the program guidelines for 2019–2020.

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Richard Provencher
Media Relations
Library and Archives Canada


About Library and Archives Canada

The mandate of Library and Archives Canada is to preserve the documentary heritage of Canada for the benefit of present and future generations, and to be a source of enduring knowledge accessible to all, thereby contributing to the cultural, social and economic advancement of Canada. Library and Archives Canada also facilitates co-operation among communities involved in the acquisition, preservation and diffusion of knowledge, and serves as the continuing memory of the Government of Canada and its institutions. Stay connected with Library and Archives Canada on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Flickr and YouTube.

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