The United Church of Canada Archives, Toronto, includes the General Council Archives and the Central Ontario Conferences Archives serving Bay of Quinte, Hamilton, London, Manitou, and Toronto Conferences. The United Church of Canada Archives is located at

The United Church Archives
40 Oak Street
Toronto, ON  M5A 2C6
Tel: 416-231-7680 ext. 1101
Toll-free: 1-800-268-3781 ext. 1101
Fax: 416-231-3103 attn: Archives
E-mail:  archives [at] united-church.ca

Hours of Operation:

Monday to Thursday, 9:30am -4:00pm

Closed to the public every Friday and statutory holiday.

Additional closures in 2016:

  • June 21, National Aboriginal Day
  • July 25-29, Summer Closure
  • December 19-January 2, Christmas Closure. Reopen Tuesday, January 3, 2017.

Visiting the Archives

The United Church of Canada Archives in Toronto is open to all researchers who register annually and abide by our researcher regulations. Contact us with an inquiry before your first visit, so that we can advise you whether there may be records at the Archives relating to your inquiry, explain how you can access records, or refer you to another archives or institution, if we do not have related records.

If you need a legal certificate, please complete the Certificate Request for Legal Purposes under Downloads, below, and e-mail it to  archives [at] united-church.ca . There is a $30 fee per request.

Fees and Restrictions on Access

At present, access to Archival records is free of charge. There are fees for copying records and providing certificates. There are also restrictions on access as outlined in records descriptions and finding aids. Please contact the Archives for more details prior to your visit.

Payment

The Archives accepts cheques and money orders made out to: The United Church of Canada Archives.

If you have verified the payment with Archives staff and wish to pay online please complete this form.  Do not pay online before contacting the Archives for the correct amount owed; we cannot issue refunds for online payments.

United Church Archives Network

Local records are held across the country by the United Church Archives Network. Each archival facility operates independently and has unique holdings and finding aids. Please consult the Archives Directory under downloads, below, to contact these repositories.

Transferring Records to the Archives

Congregations transferring records should consult the guidelines under Downloads below. Please contact  archives [at] united-church.ca  to review our guidelines and discuss your potential donation with the General Council archivist.

Searching Our Collections

Search the ARCHIVES database for records in the collection. Search the GRAPHICS database for images in the collection.

Ontario Archives Portal

Search ARCHEION  (Ontario's Archival Information Network) for fonds level descriptions. (These are described at a very general level and do not include any surname searching for genealogy or place name.) To limit your search to the records of The United Church of Canada Archives, choose "Repository" in the "Choose Field" area and enter "United Church Archives" in the "Search For" area. Then enter your search terms in the second "Search For" area.

Library Collections

Search the Archives' holdings using the University of Toronto Libraries Catalogue  by title, author, or subject.

Local Church Records on Microfilm

Please complete the Inter-library Loan Request for Microfilm form under Downloads, below, and e-mail it to   archives [at] united-church.ca .

External Archives Sites

Accessing Archived Websites

We archive United Church websites run by the General Council Office and through the services of Archive-It. Read How to Access Archived Websites under Downloads, below, for some tips on searching our archived sites.