This article examines similarities and differences between Canadian and American archival practices, in particular in matters relating to appraisal. It provides an overview of the National Archives of Canada's top-down "provenance-based structural-functional" approach to appraisal of the federal government's records in all forms and on all supports. It describes the Multi-Year Disposition Plan in its third year of implementation and raises a certain number of issues that concern archivists on both sides of the border.
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