The Archives Association of Ontario (AAO) is a network of archives and archivists providing programs, education, advocacy and shared knowledge. Consisting of approximately 300 members, the AAO supports and promotes the work of archivists in preserving the history and culture of Ontario and its citizens. It was established in 1993 as a result of the amalgamation of the Ontario Association of Archivists and the Ontario Council of Archives.
The AAO promotes the development of a co-operative system of archives in Ontario by:
Advocating on behalf of Ontario’s archival community to the government of Ontario, local government and other provincial institutions in order to advance archival practice and promote the value of archives
Promoting professional standards, procedures and practices among archival repositories
Facilitating archival communication and cooperation among institutions, users and sponsors
Providing leadership through communication and co-operation with individuals, groups and associations interested in the preservation and use of Ontario's documentary heritage
Being part of a network of provincial, territorial and national archives associations
Additionally, the AAO offers a number of different services to its members, including:
Educational opportunities through professional development and web resources
Opportunities for members to make professional connections
Archeion, a database containing archival descriptions and digital objects from AAO member institutions
The AAO is governed by a volunteer-based Board of Directors and represents archival institutions, those working in archives, and volunteers, patrons, and supporters of archives. It promotes archives as vital to the fair, transparent, and equitable operations of the Canadian and Ontario governments, and society as a whole. The AAO's Constitution outlines the bylaws guiding the administration and operations of the AAO.
The AAO is grateful for the support of the people of Ontario through the Archives of Ontario, Ministry of Government Services.