Library and Archives of Canada Act (S.C. 2004, c. 11)

Act current to 2015-11-16 and last amended on 2015-02-26. Previous Versions

Library and Archives of Canada Act

S.C. 2004, c. 11

Assented to 2004-04-22

An Act to establish the Library and Archives of Canada, to amend the Copyright Act and to amend certain Acts in consequence


WHEREAS it is necessary that

  • (a) the documentary heritage of Canada be preserved for the benefit of present and future generations;

  • (b) Canada be served by an institution that is a source of enduring knowledge accessible to all, contributing to the cultural, social and economic advancement of Canada as a free and democratic society;

  • (c) that institution facilitate in Canada cooperation among the communities involved in the acquisition, preservation and diffusion of knowledge; and

  • (d) that institution serve as the continuing memory of the government of Canada and its institutions;

NOW, THEREFORE, Her Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate and House of Commons of Canada, enacts as follows:


Marginal note:Short title

 This Act may be cited as the Library and Archives of Canada Act.


Marginal note:Definitions

 The definitions in this section apply in this Act.

“documentary heritage”

« patrimoine documentaire »

“documentary heritage” means publications and records of interest to Canada.

“government institution”

« institution fédérale »

“government institution” has the same meaning as in section 3 of the Access to Information Act or in section 3 of the Privacy Act or means an institution designated by the Governor in Council.

“government record”

« document fédéral »

“government record” means a record that is under the control of a government institution.

“Librarian and Archivist”

Version anglaise seulement

“Librarian and Archivist” means the Librarian and Archivist of Canada appointed under subsection 5(1).


« ministre »

“Minister” means the member of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada who is designated by the Governor in Council as the Minister for the purposes of this Act.

“ministerial record”

« document ministériel »

“ministerial record” means a record of a member of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada who holds the office of a minister and that pertains to that office, other than a record that is of a personal or political nature or that is a government record.


« publication »

“publication” means any library matter that is made available in multiple copies or at multiple locations, whether without charge or otherwise, to the public generally or to qualifying members of the public by subscription or otherwise. Publications may be made available through any medium and may be in any form, including printed material, on-line items or recordings.


« document »

“record” means any documentary material other than a publication, regardless of medium or form.

  • 2004, c. 11, s. 2;
  • 2006, c. 9, s. 179.1;
  • 2015, c. 3, s. 130(F).