Release: Bureau of Canadian Archivists

Dear ACA Members & Archives Community, 

We are posting this Announcement to advise of a decision recently undertaken by the ACA Board of Directors.

Following a review of costs and benefits, the Board has determined that it is no longer an effective use of the Association’s human and financial resources to maintain the Bureau of Canadian Archivists (BCA) as a separate, federally incorporated entity with its own bylaws, bank accounts and annual updates to Canada Revenue Agency and Corporations Canada – Industry Canada. 

The BCA was originally constituted as a 50:50 partnership with the Association des archivists du Québec (AAQ) at a time when both Associations were in their infancy, and in need of joint representation especially on the international stage. 

Over the years, both Associations have matured to the point where the ACA feels strongly that while the BCA had a role to fulfill at one time, this need no longer exists. In short, the BCA has outlived its purpose, and as such, has become redundant.

It must be noted too, that the requirements to maintain a separate, federally incorporated legal entity have increased in recent years, and will increase further in the coming year when regulations are released for the recently approved federal Not-For-Profit Corporations Act (Bill C-4). 

Please be assured, ending the legal entity known as the BCA will certainly not end the ACA’s relationship with the AAQ. Now, and in the future, the ACA anticipates working closely and directly with the AAQ, as the two Associations will undoubtedly pursue shared activities and partnerships in connection with various projects and programs.

At the same time, the ACA will continue its involvement with the International Council of Archives (ICA) and the Section of Professional Associations (SPA), the only change being it will now pursue these ventures as a direct participant at the table, alongside the Society of American Archivists, and other national archival associations. 

Click here for a PDF of the release.   Should you have questions or concerns relating to this information, you are invited to contact members of the Board, or the ACA Office. 


Paul Banfield, President

Association of Canadian Archivists