Updated: January 5th, 2022

In accordance with guidelines from the Ontario Provincial government and City of Toronto and out of an abundance of caution for staff, volunteers and all our communities, The ArQuives will be temporarily closed for the next three weeks, and research on-site has been suspended. We’ll keep everyone up to date about re-opening!


    As of October 4, 2021, we have updated our policies to ensure the health and safety of all our staff, volunteers and researchers.

    • The ArQuives expects staff, researchers and volunteers working onsite to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
    • We will require acceptable proof of full vaccination. “Full vaccination” is defined as two doses of any of the Health Canada approved vaccines.
      • To be exempt from Ontario’s COVID-19 vaccination requirements, anyone age 12 and up must provide a written document from a physician or a nurse practitioner on official letterhead stating that there is a medical reason for the exemption.
    • Requests for accommodation based on protected grounds under the Ontario Human Rights Code will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

    What form of documentation do we accept as proof of vaccination?

    • Photo or scanned copy of your paper record from your pharmacy or doctor.
    • Printed copy of the records.
    • Provincial vaccine passports when available (October 22, 2021 in Ontario)

    Researchers will also need to bring government-issued photo ID that matches the name on the above health records.


    The ArQuives respects the privacy of our staff, volunteers, and visitors and will not be keeping personal health information on file once it is provided.

    Thank you for your kindness and respect to our staff and volunteers as we work to protect our community from the spread of COVID-19.  We will provide updates as they become available.

    Remote Researcher Services

    The ArQuives offers a remote researcher service for a fee of $50/hour to be paid in advance. This service involves speaking to a reference archivist at and selecting materials you’d like looked at in your stead by an archivist through our Online Collection Portal. The archivist may direct you elsewhere should they know of a more efficient or effective resource. Materials that have been deemed helpful through conferring together, will either be emailed to you or summarized should that suffice. Remote researcher services are available depending on researcher availability. Depending on the archives capacity and amount of research required, this process may take several days to weeks. Archivists are not able to do rush research requests, and researchers should not expect research to be conducted within an hour or day.

    Become a Member

    There are three ways to become a member of The ArQuives! By making a financial donation, donating your records, or volunteering!

    Make a Financial Donation
    Donate Your Records
    How to Volunteer