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Welcome to the Association of Canadian Archivists (ACA)

Founded in 1975 and incorporated in 1978, the Association of Canadian Archivists (ACA) is a non-profit organization that represents the needs and interests of archives and records professionals throughout Canada.

The ACA is continued under the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act (CNCA), which provides a legal framework for the operation of the corporation. Its mandate, organizational structure, and membership categories were again revised in June 2020 and accepted by the membership as General Bylaw No. 1 and replace Bylaws passed in 2013.

The ACA provides members with opportunities to network with archives and records professionals across the country, develop professional skills and expertise, and participate in national and international advocacy initiatives.

The ACA is governed by its members and supported by staff. Offices are located in Canada’s capital city, Ottawa, Ontario.

We acknowledge that the ACA Office and its employees work on the unceded, unsurrendered Territory of the Anishinaabe Algonquin Nation whose presence here reaches back to time immemorial.


Strategic Priorities

These strategic priorities represent the ACA’s purpose and the core activities we undertake as an organization.

Advocacy: The ACA shall take leadership on issues of national and international significance relating to archives, recordkeeping and cultural heritage and will work with local and provincial groups on matters impacting regional archives or of concern to specific areas of our membership.

Continuing Education: The ACA shall take leadership on developing and delivering continuing education opportunities that meet the needs of archivists and records professional at all level of their careers. This includes the coordination of our internationally recognized annual conference and production of the top-ranked journal, Archivaria.

Membership Services: The ACA shall strengthen its commitment to members by developing and implementing programming that meets the needs of archives and records professionals at all points in their careers. This includes an active mentorship program, access to a members-only toolkit, and support for member driven special interest sections. In addition, the ACA supports student chapters at five universities across Canada.

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