OurOntario is a service of OurDigitalWorld and provides a free, online search portal for digital collections throughout Ontario.

OurOntario.ca provides free access to over 4 million images including maps, scrapbooks, and newspaper collections. “

“Content discoverable through OurOntario.ca include photographs, maps, videos, sound recordings, government documents, books and other media. You can find digital collections about Ontario life and culture, history, government, business and scientific heritage.”

“The collections are from libraries, archives, museums, historical societies, heritage and community groups, and from private collections across Ontario. OurOntario.ca also contains selected items from organizations across Canada, where they pertain to Ontario content.”


5 responses to “OurOntario”

  1. I love the OurOntario newspaper access which I use for genealogy purposes – however, in the last few days I have not been able to access it. Is the site down?

    1. Diane,

      Thanks for visiting the OnGenealogy directory. I’m sorry, but it seems OurOntario.ca has been down since the beginning of this year. I’m going to try to figure out why and post any answer here, otherwise I’ll add this site to our inactive listings. Thanks for bringing this to our attention.


  2. I was still able to use it as of 2 weeks ago.
    Hopefully it can be brought back up soon.

  3. It was shut down on Feb 25 because of the problems at the City of Hamilton. See the news release at ourdigitalworld.net

    1. Michelle,

      Thank you for the information. I’ll post OurOntario’s update here for future reference:

      From OurOntario regarding the service outage in 2024:

      “Ongoing Service Outage: February 2024
      Because of an ongoing cybersecurity incident at the City of Hamilton the OurDigitalWorld servers are currently offline. There is no evidence our servers have been compromised; the shut down is a protective measure.

      As a result:

      All sites – public and internal – are unavailable. That includes any site with the following domains: vitatoolkit.ca, vitacollections.ca, ourontario.ca and ourdigitalworld.org .

      VITA sites with custom domains are also offline.

      Please note: We are not receiving email. Any email to the ODW staff, info and help at @vitatoolkit.ca and @ourdigitalworld.org addresses starting Feb 25 and until further notice will not be received or responded to until this is resolved.

      In the meantime, we will be monitoring the following temporary email: ourdigitalworldorg@gmail.com.

      We are abundantly aware of the inconvenience this causes and thank you for your understanding and patience while the issue is investigated and resolved by the City of Hamilton’s dedicated IT team. We will continue to update this site as more information becomes available.

      ~The ODW team”


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