Records Classification and Retention Schedules

 

Records retention and classification schedules are the foundation of any effective records management program. A records schedule as defined in The Archives and Public Records Management Act, is a “formal plan that identifies the public records that are subject to the plan, establishes a classification system and retention periods for those records and provides for their disposition”. The classification system within schedules allows institutions to organize their records systematically and in a consistent manner. The retention requirements establish the time period for which records included in the classification plan must be retained to meet all legal, financial, administrative and fiscal requirements. Retention schedules provide government institutions with the ability to legally destroy or transfer records to the Provincial Archives of Saskatchewan.

The following are the records retention schedules applicable to government institutions in Saskatchewan:

Most Crown Corporations develop corporate-wide comprehensive records classification and retention schedules applicable to their institutions.