The Francophone Community Grants Program


Magasin Paul Cadieux, in St. Thomas d’Alfred, Ont., from the collection of the Bibliothèque Du Canton d’Alfred-Plantagenet.


The Government of Ontario has announced $1 million in grant funding this year to support community and cultural development of French communities in the province:

“The FCGP seeks to encourage greater social involvement, learning, innovation, and community engagement for Francophones across the province of Ontario, including at the local community, regional, and provincial levels.”

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Kanata to Canada – A Journey Through Time

Mark your calendars: Saturday November 18th is Kanata to Canada – A Journey Through Time.


A daylong event in Toronto, run by the Ontario Genealogical Society’s Toronto branch, it will feature a number of great workshops about how to research and find materials relevant to your own heritage. Jess Posgate will be talking about how to use and our many VITA platforms to discover online heritage from our members!


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The Ontario Historical Society Honours and Awards nominations are now open!


The Ontario Historical Society has opened up nominations rewarding local heroes in heritage and culture:

In 1967, The Ontario Historical Society established an awards program to honour individuals and organizations who have contributed significantly to the preservation and promotion of Ontario’s heritage. Over the years, new awards have been instituted; sixteen are now offered. The Awards program is intended both to acknowledge the work of outstanding individuals and organizations, and to raise public awareness of Ontario’s history and the people who work to preserve and interpret it.

All recipients of awards receive recognition in subsequent publicity, and a framed certificate accompanied by a copy of the citation acknowledging their contribution to the heritage community.

Categories include:

Carnochan Award: Presented to an individual who has contributed many years of service to the heritage community.

President’s Award: Honouring a corporation, business or individual that has contributed to heritage conservation in the recent past.

Scadding Award of Excellence: Awarded to a historical society or heritage group that has made an outstanding contribution to the field of history.

Joseph Brant Award: Honouring the best book on multicultural history in Ontario, published in the past three years.

Fred Landon Award: Honouring the best book on local or regional history in Ontario, published in the past three years.

Alison Prentice Award: Honouring the best book on women’s history in Ontario, published in the past three years.

Check out all the award categories and get your nominations ready!

OurDigitalWorld and Creative Commons Canada


We were delighted to attend the Creative Commons Global Summit in Toronto back in April (and more delighted that it’ll be returning in 2018!) and to talk about open culture with fellow enthusiasts from around the world.

Since the conference, we’ve kept up the dialogue about a number of issues that affect cultural heritage everywhere: digitization and lending rights, a robust public domain, and usable licenses for galleries, libraries, archives, and museums (GLAMs) that don’t always have clear ownership of the materials they steward.

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Ontario’s Multicultural Community Capacity Grants


We’re excited about a new funding program announced by the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration. The Multicultural Community Capacity Grant Program focuses on multicultural communities in Ontario – supporting their events and sharing their stories. Small grants of up to $8,000 can get you started on an event series, digitization project, or collaboration with new partners.

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Library and Archives Canada are transcribing the Lady Agnes Macdonald diaries


We had so much fun, we’re doing it again. Library and Archives Canada are starting a second crowdsourced transcription project, after their success with the Coltman Report project using our custom-written transcription tool.

This time: the handwritten diary of Lady Agnes Macdonald from 1867 to 1869, microfilmed years ago but never before available in a searchable format.

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The Provincial Digital Library project will demo at the Joint Conference on Digital Libraries!


Earlier this year, we were able to get funding for a Digital Library Developer position to work on the Provincial Digital Library collaboration with the British Columbia Libraries Association. Our amazing DLD, Matt Barry, has been working with Dan Sifton of Vancouver Island University, on a proof-of-concept using Supplejack to ingest heritage content from a variety of institutions and platforms.

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