NHDS Strategic Planning Process 2021

The Executive Committee of the National Heritage Digitization Strategy (NHDS) is embarking on strategic planning for the NHDS. The goal of this strategic planning process is to refine the mission and vision for the NHDS and update the NHDS’ ambitious community-driven mandate that was first established in 2016. The strategic planning process will also help to inform community-driven priorities for the NHDS, as well as short-term and long-term projects and initiatives to be undertaken by the NHDS. It will also inform the organizational structure of NHDS going forward. 

This strategic planning exercise is informed by the business plan published by the NHDS in 2018, while also recognizing that the landscape of digitized heritage material in Canada continues to evolve. This is a process of co-creation and iteration and we invite you to provide feedback on the proposed strategic planning framework.

Step 1: Community Consultation 

During this phase, the NHDS Executive Committee and Secretariat will gather input from community members and stakeholders. A Consultation Report will be built from the input received from this outreach to help guide and anchor the priorities of the NHDS.


As a first step, the NHDS Executive Committee has launched a survey that uses the goals identified in the 2018-2019 business plan as a baseline to re-validate the mandate of the NHDS. The survey will allow for suggestions and recommendations on future NHDS priorities. You can participate in the community survey here.

Community Calls 

Hosted by the Chair and Vice-Chair, and supported by the Secretariat, the NHDS Executive Committee is holding a series of community calls to validate and discuss the survey findings. Opportunities to share additional insights and recommendations will also be provided in the form of polls and discussion. 

You can now register for community calls in English or French by following the registration link for your selected date. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

  • Monday, September 13th, 12:30 – 2:00 pm ET (ENGLISH)


  • Tuesday, September 14th, 1:00 – 2:30 pm ET (FRANÇAIS)


  • Thursday, September 16th, 11:00 – 12:30 pm ET (ENGLISH)


  • Monday, September 20th, 2:00 – 3:30 pm ET (FRANÇAIS)


  • Tuesday, September 21st, 12:30 – 2:00 pm ET (ENGLISH)


Stakeholder Calls 

Led by the Secretariat, with participation from members of the Executive Committee, calls will be held with key stakeholders nationally and internationally to discuss the key priorities of the NHDS.

Step 2: Executive and Advisory Committees Consultation 

Using the Consultation Report as the foundation, the NHDS Executive and Advisory Committees, as well as members of the Technical Working Group, will undergo a planning exercise to identify and validate high-level goals and priorities for an updated strategic plan. The Committees will also brainstorm potential activities and initiatives. 

Step 3: Executive Committee Development of the Strategic Plan 

Using the Consultation Report and the high-level validation and identification of goals by the Advisory Committee, the NHDS Executive Committee will draft an updated strategic plan.

Step 4: Community Validation 

A draft version of the updated strategic plan will be released for community consultation. The plan will then be adjusted as needed based on feedback. 

Step 5: Final Plan 

Once the strategic plan has been finalized, it will be made available online.