Héritage Project


Héritage Project is a 10-year initiative to digitize and make accessible online some of Canada’s most popular archival collections encompassing roughly 60 million pages of primary-source documents. Chronicling the country and its people from the 1600s to the mid-1900s, this collection represents a vast and unique resource for Canadian historians, students, and genealogists. The types of material in the project include:

  • geneaology material, including immigration records, church records, land records, family histories and papers, voters’ lists, etc.
  • documents relating to Canada's aboriginal peoples
  • records from the core government departments
  • documents related to Canada's military history
  • papers from prominent Canadians and organizations

The project is still in the process of digitizing some material in the H, C or T category of microfilms. You can check Library and Archives Canada's online Mikan database to verify the category of an item. The Conditions of Access area of a catalogue record will list the microfilms that make up a collection. If you find a specific reel or reels that you believe should be on Héritage you can contact LAC at info@canadiana.ca and inquire about the status of the reel. It could be that the reel:

  • has been digitized but is not online yet
  • should have been digitized, but was accidentally missed
  • cannot be digitized due to copyright privacy issues

In either of the first two cases efforts will be made to make digitized reel available as quickly as possible.

Users should note that due to the volume of digitization minimal metadata was used for most of the collection. For a detailed list of which collections have metadata, see here. You can also check Héritage news, or subscribe to our an e-Bulletin, for updates.

On finding aids, note that if there is a finding aid available, Héritage does try to mention this in the cataloguing record. Not all collections have finding aids, and for those that do, many are still only in paper format. Library and Archives Canada is working on digitizing their finding aids and adding them to their Mikan records, available on their site.

For more information see the Frequently-Asked Questions at the Héritage Project website.

1600s to 1900s
Update Frequency: 
Material is still being digitized. Check the site for updates.