New Facility for Ontario Archives
by
EB Lapointe

The Ontario government is moving forward in acquiring a new facility for the Archives of Ontario by releasing a Request for Qualification, announced Minister of Government Services, Gerry Phillips, on November 22, 2005.

"Today marks an important milestone in providing Ontarians better access to the history of their province," noted Phillips. "Our government is committed to ensuring the documentary history of Ontario is properly protected and the public has access to it."

A Request for Prospals will be issued later in 2006 and the procurement process will conclude with the selection of a developer capable of building and financing the new facility and entering into a long-term lease with the government.

The Archives of Ontario is the largest provincial archives in Canada, with a collection valued at $400 million. The procurement aims to secure about 90,000 square feet in the city of Toronto to be used as the archives' main public service facility.

It responsible for preserving the documentary history of the province and is an important source of research for the police, courts, historians, and genealogists.

"The government is committed to delivering the archives on time and on budget," said Phillips.

The website for the Ontario Provincial Archives is <http://www.archives.gov.on.ca>.

27 December, 2005



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