Toronto Emigrant Office assisted immigration registers Help

Ontario Government Record Series RG 11-3

Toronto Emigrant Office assisted immigration registers

About these records

Toronto Emigrant Office assisted immigration registers
Dates of Creation
Physical Description

4 volumes of textual records

Scope and Content

Series consists of registers containing mainly statistical information on immigrants receiving assistance from the Toronto Emigration Office.

These registers were kept to monitor spending, track trends for future reference, and possibly also to prevent abuse of the system by repeaters. Information recorded typically includes: date of application; name [of individual or head of family]; nationality; number of men, women, and children; assistance given [loaves of bread, temporary shelter etc.]; by what ship or steamer [arrived]; where landed; date of departure; and destination [usually in Ontario]. Note that personal names of immigrants from continental European countries other than Germany were not always recorded. Entries are chronological.

Restrictions on Access
Original records closed for conservation purposes. Researchers must use microfilm.
Terms For Use and Reproduction
Copyright is primarily held by the Crown. There are no restrictions on reproduction. Permission of the Archives of Ontario is required for publication; submit a Request for Permission to Publish, Exhibit or Broadcast Form.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Records were acquired by the Archives of Ontario from the Butler Library, Columbia University, in December, 2000.
Associated Material

Library and Archives Canada also has immigration records, including inspection reports. See in particular RG 76, Series R1206-158-4-E (formerly Series RG 76-C-4) for juvenile immigration records. See also series RG194-67-1-E (formerly RG 17-A-III-R) for arrival records beginning in 1861. Some reels of microfilm from Library and Archives Canada RG 76 are available at the Archives of Ontario.

Related Material

See also series RG 1-157 Fiats for land grants - Military emigrants and sub-series RG 1-53-17 Descriptions - Military emigrants for records relating to the assisted immigration and settlement of immigrants under the direction of military authorities.

See series RG 1-84 Returns of settlers in the Newcastle District for records relating to assisted immigration in the Newcastle District. (Microfilm available through Inter-institutional Loan).

Availability of Other Formats

Series is available on microfilm.
Former Codes

Volume RG 11-3-0-1 was formerly Toronto Emigration Office Records, X325 T63, volume 13. Volume RG 11-3-0-2 was formerly Toronto Emigration Office Records, X325 T63, volume 14. Volume RG 11-3-0-3 was formerly Toronto Emigration Office Records, X325 T63, volume 15. Volume RG 11-3-0-4 was formerly Toronto Emigration Office Records, X325 T63, volume 16.

Finding Aid
These registers have been transcribed. These transcriptions are searchable at the following URL: An online list of the volumes is also available.

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Agency or agencies that created these records

These records were created by the following Ontario government agency or agencies. Click on the agency reference code for information about this agency and other records it created.

1865-1867 :

Bureau of Agriculture (BA73) Emigration Office (CA1575)

1867-1874 :

Department of the Commissioner of Agriculture and Public Works (AA70) Immigration Branch (CA612)

How to order these records

From our Reading Rooms

To view this material, consult self service microfilm reel MS 6913. If you wish, you may search the database of transcribed entries first (see Finding Aid area above).

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By Microfilm Interloan
These records are available through the Archives of Ontario's Microfilm Interloan Service, which allows you to borrow microfilmed archival records through a library or other institution that participates in the interlibrary loan system.