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.
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
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.
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
- The Children Remembered: About United Church involvement in the Indian Residential Schools, with histories of schools and photographs.
- Up and Down the Coast: Photographs and videos of United Church missions, healthcare, and schools operated in British Columbia.
- United Church Digital Collections: Digital database of scanned images from The United Church of Canada Archives in Toronto.
- Honouring Our Heritage: Celebrating the United Church’s Historic Commemorations Program.
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.