About Us

Strong leadership and professional support

The Association of Canadian Archivists (ACA) is a federally incorporated, not-for-profit association and has received a Certificate of Continuance under the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act (NFP Act). The ACA was established in 1975, and incorporated in 1978, after operating for a number of years as the Archives Section of the Canadian Historical Association (CHA).

Today, the ACA represents over 600 archivists across Canada, with headquarters in Ottawa. Our mission is to provide the archival profession leadership and to facilitate an understanding and appreciation of Canada’s archival heritage.

Our Vision

Recognizing the diversity of the Canadian archival community and its organizations, the Association of Canadian Archivists envisions a dynamic, well educated, and well informed information profession, strategically positioned to ensure:

  • the preservation and accessibility of Canada's information resources and its documentary heritage;
  • the public's appreciation of those resources and that heritage; and
  • the role of the Canadian archival community in its preservation and accessibility.

As we work to achieve our Vision, the ACA will provide strong and diversified professional leadership and support to the Canadian archival community by ensuring openness and transparency, fostering the participation of our members, promoting national and international cooperation, and by developing sustainable and accountable programming and activities.

Our Priorities

As reflected in the design of this website, the ACA currently has five Strategic Priorities:

  1. Advocacy
  2. Communications
  3. Governance
  4. Outreach
  5. Professional Development