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Shrinking Data due to Funding Cuts

Due to funding cuts, libraries within the following government agencies have been cut or closed: Citizenship and Immigration, Agriculture, Environment, Industry, Transport Canada, National Defence, Public Works and Government Services, the National Capital Commission and the Public Service Commission. These cuts and closings have led to a loss of data. (Ontario Library Commission) For more on this, please click here.        

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House of Commons, Pierre Nantel’s Question to the Minister of Heritage on Budget Changes

MP Pierre Nantel asks, “Why make cuts to the archives to change the purpose of such a popular museum?” October 17th, 2012 Mr. Pierre Nantel (Longueuil—Pierre-Boucher, NDP):  Mr. Speaker, while his department has to make do with a budget that has been cut by $200 million, the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages is going to spend $25 million to change what? He is going to change a winning formula—that of the most popular museum in the country—something that, obviously, nobody wants. The current Canadian Museum of Civilization already focuses a large...

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House of Commons, Library and Archives Canada

The Minister of Canadian Heritage answers a question on the role of Archives Canada within the ongoing celebrations of Canadian history October 16th, 2012 Watch Video     Mr. Pierre Nantel (Longueuil—Pierre-Boucher, NDP): Mr. Speaker, since the Conservatives came to power, they have done their best to undermine Library and Archives Canada. Their cuts and neglect are jeopardizing the preservation of thousands of historic documents. If the Conservatives really love Canadian history, they must protect our archives. This is about our history and our heritage, which must absolutely be...

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Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage – Main Estimates 2012-13 Study – Libraries and Archives

Hon. James Moore answers questions on the changes to Library and Archives Canada May 29th, 2012 Mr. Pierre Nantel: Yesterday at noon, I met with archivists who told a different story that was not very positive—perhaps it wasn’t as negative as what popcorn sellers in movie theatres may say. They said that the cuts were actually very substantial. They didn’t understand because, to a very clear question I asked you on May 17—I believe—regarding what would happen with all those archives, you, Mr. Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage, said that digitalization was the way of...

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Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates – 2012-2013 Budget – Libraries and Archives

Budget Effects on Library and Archive Jobs May 28th, 2012 Answers by Daniel Jean and René Bouchard Hon. John McCallum (Markham—Unionville, Lib.): I’d like to focus a bit on the Library and Archives. There’s a CBC story suggesting that I think 400 people have received notice that they will be losing their jobs—that 20% of the workforce is to be let go. Archival collections in various departments are going to be closed down altogether. I wonder if you could confirm whether this is correct. What is the state of the cuts, in both dollar terms and jobs? Mr. Daniel Jean: In the...

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Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates – Canadian Heritage 2012-13 Main Estimates

Canadian Heritage Budget, Cuts and Priorities   May 28th, 2012   Daniel Jean, Deputy-Minister witness   Total Budget of Canadian Heritage In the 2012-13 main estimates, the total budget for the Department of Canadian Heritage is $1.28 billion. This consists of $202.8 million in operating expenditures and $1.078 billion in grants and contributions. The 2011-12 main estimates totalled $1.14 billion last year. Of this amount, $209.7 million was for operating expenditures and $933.6 million for grants and contributions. The 2012-13 funding level shows a net increase of $137.3...

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