Archives of Ontario

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Archives of Ontario
Archives publiques de l'Ontario
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Agency overview
Formed 1903 (1903)
Headquarters 134 Ian Macdonald Boulevard
Toronto, Ontario
Minister responsible
Agency executive
  • John Roberts,
    Archivist of Ontario

The Archives of Ontario (French: Archives publiques de l'Ontario) are the archives for the province of Ontario, Canada. Founded in 1903 as the Bureau of Archives, the archives are now under the responsibility of the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services. The main offices of the archive are located at York University in Toronto.


The York University Research Tower and Archives of Ontario building.

The Bureau of Archives, as it was originally known, was first located in the Ontario Legislative Building. The Archives moved to the Canadiana Building (14 Queen's Park Crescent West) on the University of Toronto campus in 1951, at which time it was known as the Department of Archives. Relocated to 77 Grenville Street in 1972 its name was also changed to the Archives of Ontario. The reading room at the Grenville building closed on March 26, 2009.

The official groundbreaking ceremony for the new Archives of Ontario building on the York University grounds, which also houses the York University Research Tower, was on April 30, 2007. The groundbreaking was attended by former Minister of Government Services Gerry Phillips and former York University President and Vice-Chancellor Lorna Marsden.[1] The building was opened to the public on April 2, 2009 and is expected to be the site of the Archives for at least the next thirty-five years.[2]

In addition to the records of the Ontario government, the Archives also acquires records of private individuals and organizations that reflect Ontario's history. Notable private records include the fonds of Eaton's, Conn Smythe, and Moriyama and Teshima Architects.

List of Archivists of Ontario[edit]

The head of the Archives has been known as the Archivist of Ontario since 1923, prior to that they were known as the Provincial Archivist.

Name Term Notes
Alexander Fraser 1903-1935
James J. Talman 1935-1939 Acting, also serving as Acting Legislative Librarian
Helen A. McClung 1939-1944 Acting
John H. Bennett 1944
Helen A. McClung 1944-1950
George W. Spragge 1950-1963
Donald F. McOuat 1963-1978
William G. Ormsby 1978-1986
Ian E. Wilson 1986-1999
Miriam McTiernan 1999-2010
David Nicholl 2010
Angela Forest 2010-2013
James Hamilton 2013-2015
John Roberts 2015-


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