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The Presbyterian Church in Canada Archives

The Presbyterian Church in Canada Archives is located in Toronto, Ontario at 50 Wynford Drive. The Archives documents the history of The Presbyterian Church in Canada by acquiring, preserving, and making available for research, significant records generated by the church, its officials, ministers, congregations, and organizations. Our holdings, which date from 1794, are multi-media and include textual records (manuscript, printed, typescript), photographs, glass and 35mm slides, architectural plans, audio visual records, maps, illustrations, and posters. In addition to holding many original baptism, marriage and burial records of congregations from across the country, we also have an extensive microfilm collection of congregational records.

Kim Arnold, Archivist  or Bob Anger, Assistant Archivist

The Presbyterian Church in Canada Archives
50 Wynford Dr.
Toronto ON M3C 1J7

416-441-1111 or 1-800-619-7301 (toll-free in Canada)



Opening Hours:
1:00-4:45 Monday to Friday (September to June)
1:00-4:00 Monday to Friday (July and August)

If you are able to visit the Archives in person, there are no research fees. Photocopies can be made, subject to The Copyright Act, and are 10 cents per page (30 cents per page for printouts from microfilm). For those unable to visit the Archives in person, limited research can be conducted by the archivists at a cost of $25.00 per hour. If you require more information on these fees, please contact the Archives.


Montreal & Ottawa Conference Archives

The M&O Conference archives are housed at four locations.  Ottawa & Seaway Valley records at the Ottawa City Archives, Quebec/Sherbrooke records at Bishop’s University and the Archives nationales du Québec at Sherbrooke and Consistoire Laurentien, Montreal Presbytery, Ottawa Presbytery (Quebec records) at the Centre de Montréal des Archives nationales du Québec which has relocated. The Centre was closed at the end of November 1999 and reopened on March 7, 2000. The ANQ database, Pistard, can be searched online at  For information about the records at Bishop's University, at ANQ-Sherbrooke and at the Ottawa City Archives consult the United Church web site

Montreal Presbytery, Consistoire Laurentien, Ottawa Presbytery 
(Quebec pastoral charges)

Contact Person: Beverly Anderson-Levine, Conference Archivist

Mailing Address: Montreal & Ottawa Conference Archives
St. Andrew’’s United Church
75 - 15th Avenue
Lachine, Qc H8S 3L7

Telephone & Fax: 514-639-8281 

Office Hours: Tues. & Wed. 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Street Address: 535 Viger East, Montreal, Quebec, H2L 2P3 
(near the Berri/UQAM & Champs de Mars metro stations)

Phone: 514-873-6000

Opening Hours: Daytime, 10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Mon. - Sat. 
                         Evenings, 4:30 - 9:00 p.m. Wed. & Thurs.

United Church Fees:  For a copy of a person's own baptismal, marriage or burial record, if the name of the church and the date are provided - $15.00 per record.  For more extensive searches you will have to hire a researcher.  If you require a birth, marriage or death certificate for official reasons, such as a passport, you must apply to the 

Directeur de l'état civil, 
Service à la clientèle, 
205 rue Montmagny, 
Québec (Québec) 
G1N 1Z9 

If they cannot help you because you are not sure of the name of the church, consult the Conference archivist, she may be able to help you.

ANQ Fees:  You will have to consult the ANQ to find out their charges.  Because of provincial laws on access to personal information in public archives the Archives Nationales does not, as a rule, allow access to civil registers dated after 1899. 

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