Safeguarding Wales’ Culture and Heritage for All: Moving the National Library Forward 2017 – 2021 calls for 15 million items to be digitized in five years. That breaks down to one item per year for each resident.
In Canada that same commitment would see 36.5 million items digitized by or on behalf of Library and Archives Canada each year. How's it going?
LAC's flagship digitization project, the service files of Canada's 640,000 men and women who served in the Great War, will see 32 million images digitized over 5 years. Another total 40 million pages of archival material on microfilm have been digitized by partner Canadiana.ca since 2005, and 3 million by Ancestry.ca. The numbers are updated from a May 2016 speech Saving the world: one record at a time by the Librarian and Archivist of Canada. It's probably missing some items, like photos.
The NLW has already digitized and made searchable 1.1 million newspaper pages which is 1.1 million more than LAC.
In his May speech Dr. Guy Berthiaume said "Business is digital, government is digital, and, to put it bluntly, Canada is a digital nation.". Will LAC's digital initiatives match those of Wales? In numbers, what is LAC's goal for digitization of Canada's heritage?