Library and Archives Canada: 7 projects for preservation of documentary heritage funded in Western Canada

News release

Thursday, April 11, 2019 – Toronto, Ontario – Library and Archives Canada (LAC) will provide $1.5 million to support 52 projects (including 47 new projects) by archives, libraries and documentary heritage institutions throughout Canada.

The recipients of the Documentary Heritage Communities Program (DHCP) for 2019–2020 were announced today at TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto. Seven projects submitted by organizations from Western Canada will receive funding. They include:

  • Scrapbooks: Preservation and Increased Access (The Peter and Catharine Whyte Foundation for the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies), Banff, Alberta, $50,000;
  • JHSSA Archival Collections Accessibility Project – Phase 2 (Jewish Historical Society of Southern Alberta – JHSSA), Calgary, Alberta, $14,550;
  • Safeguarding Our Heritage: Increasing Access to and Preserving Historical Images (La Corporation Épiscopale Catholique Romaine de Grouard (operating as Catholic Archdiocese of Grouard-McLennan), Grande Prairie, Alberta, $23,389;
  • Winnipeg Architecture Foundation Archives (Winnipeg Architecture Foundation), Winnipeg, Manitoba, $24,750;
  • Processing of Archival Records of the Polish-Canadian Community (Ogniwo Polish Museum Society Inc.), Winnipeg, Manitoba, $30,903;
  • Digitization of Sound Recordings from the Société historique de Saint-Boniface Archives (Société historique de Saint-Boniface), Winnipeg, Manitoba, $24,500;
  • Establishment of Management Systems for the New Centre d'archives communautaires francophones de la Saskatchewan [Francophone community archives centre of Saskatchewan] (Société historique de la Saskatchewan), Regina, Saskatchewan, $22,500.

View the list of all recipients for 2019–2020.


“I would like to congratulate the 52 recipients of the Documentary Heritage Communities Program funding for 2019–20. This support will help preserve and showcase valuable aspects of this country’s history and culture for generations to come.”

The Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism

“As Librarian and Archivist of Canada, it brings me much joy to see the quality and quantity of Canadian documentary heritage initiatives that have benefited from the Documentary Heritage Communities Program over the past five years. The discoverability of our country’s treasures, for everyone to enjoy, never gets old.”

Guy Berthiaume, Librarian and Archivist of Canada

“As the steward of the Ontario Film Institute’s film collection, the funding from Library and Archives Canada’s Documentary Heritage Communities Program will support TIFF’s responsibility of providing the highest standard of archival care for these films held at TIFF’s Film Reference Library. With this gift, TIFF librarians will be able to ensure this unique film archive collection is held to the uppermost preservation standards with the added benefit of being able to showcase these film heritage gems to the public here at the TIFF Bell Lightbox.”

Alan Convery, Director, Government and Foundations Relations, Toronto International Film Festival

“Support from the Library and Archives Canada Documentary Heritage Communities Program enabled us to digitize and exhibit hidden treasures from Canada’s First and Second World War Veterans, allowing us to fulfill our mission to honour, preserve, and share Japanese Canadian history and heritage for a better Canada.” Partner institutions Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre and the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre.

Lisa Uyeda, Collections Manager, Nikkei National Museum

Quick facts

  • The DHCP was created in 2015 to provide financial assistance for activities that enhance the visibility of, and access to, materials held by Canada’s local documentary heritage institutions. The program also aims to increase the capacity of local institutions to sustainably preserve, promote and showcase the country’s documentary heritage. At the end of the selection process, the DHCP will provide contributions for eligible applicants across Canada for a variety of projects that will allow citizens to access and engage with their nation’s history like never before. 

  • Incorporated and unincorporated non-profit organizations such as archives, privately funded libraries, historical societies, genealogical organizations and societies, professional library and archival associations, and museums with an archival component are eligible to apply for funding under the DHCP.

  • Applications received by LAC are reviewed by an external advisory committee.

  • Including the amounts allocated this year, LAC’s support for documentary heritage communities has totalled $7.5 million since the DHCP was launched in 2015.

  • The next funding cycle will be launched in fall 2019.

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Richard Provencher
Media Relations
Library and Archives Canada
613-894-7509 (cell)
819-994-4589 (office)

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