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How to Locate Canadian Current and Historical Legislation

In Hardcopy

Legislation includes statutes passed by federal or provincial lawmakers. For federal legislation, search the English Index to the Revised Statutes of Canada (1985). For Ontario legislation, search the Index to the Revised Statutes of Ontario (1990). To ensure the legislation has not been amended or repealed, use the Canada Statute Citator in print for federal legislation and the Ontario Statute Citator for Ontario legislation checking under the title and applicable section numbers of your statute. Most statutes also provide for regulations to be enacted by the appropriate Ministry, or by other government officials.

Internet Sources of Current Canadian Legislation and Parliamentary Material

Jurisdiction Parliaments &
Assemblies
Debates Bills Statutes Regulations Gazette Journals / Votes & Proceedings
Canada Parliament Debates Bills Statutes Regulations Gazette
> 1998
< 1998
Journal
B. C. Legislative Assembly Debates Bills Statutes

Daily Updates
Regulations Votes & Proceedings
Alta. Legislative Assembly Debates Bills Statutes Regulations Gazette Journal
Sask. Legislative Assembly Debates Bills Statutes Regulations Gazette Journal
Man. Legislative Assembly Debates Bills Statutes Regulations Votes & Proceedings
Ont. Legislative Assembly Debates Bills Statutes Regulations Gazette Votes & Proceedings
Qué. National Assembly Debates Bills Statutes Regulations Parliamentary Proceedings
N. B. Legislative Assembly Bills Statutes Regulations Gazette Journal
N. S. Legislative Assembly Debates Bills Statutes Regulations

Gazettes
Part I

Part II

Journal
P.E.I. Legislative Assembly Debates Bills Statutes Regulations Gazette Journal
Nfld &
Labrador
Legislative Assembly Debates Bills Statutes Regulations Gazette Journal
NWT. Legislative Assembly Debates Bills Statutes Regulations Votes & Proceedings
Yukon Legislative Assembly Debates Bills Statutes Regulations Gazette
Nunavut Legislative Assembly Debates Bills Statutes Regulations Gazette

Internet Sources of Historical Canadian Legislation and Parliamentary Material

Federal

Working Paper: Digitization of Publications relating to the Parliament of Canada - This document is a "snapshot of the state of digitization of papers relating to the Parliament of Canada as of March 2009" (Introduction, Digitization of Publications Relating to the Parliament of Canada). .

Early Canadiana Online(ECO) - ECO contains both historical Bills and Debates from the Canadian Parliament. While the Debates are free to access online the Bills must be accessed through the University of Toronto Library System.

Law Library Microform Consortium (LLMC) - The LLMC is a U.S. based consortium but does provide online access to the Canadian documents listed below, under the heading Foreign Jurisdictions. This site must be accessed through the University of Toronto Library System.

Canada Statutory Orders, 1949
Canada Statutory Orders, 1955
Canada, Consolidated Orders in Council, 1889
Prov. of Canada, Session Laws (English.), 1841-1866
Prov. of Canada, Session Laws (ENGLISH), 1867-1968
Prov. of Canada, Session Laws (FRENCH), 1867-1968
Canada Statutes, Revison of 1866
Canada Statutes, Revison of 1927

Internet Archive - Internet Archive provides acesss to the following debates:

House of Commons 1871 - 1st Parliament, 4th Session. February to April
House of Commons 1904 - 9th Parliament, 4th Session. August 01-August 10
House of Commons 1906 - 10th Parliament, 3rd Session. October 1906-January 1907
Senate 1880 - 4th Parliament, 2nd Session. February to May
Senate 1885 - 5th Parliament, 3rd Session. April to July
Senate 1890 - 6th Parliament, 4th Session. January to May
Senate 1893 - 7th Parliament, 3rd Session. January to April

British Columbia

A Guide to Legislation and the Legislative Process in British Columbia - This document was prepared by the Office of Legislative Counsel, Ministry of Attorney General, Province of British Columbia. The document is devided in to three sections, The Creation of Legislative Policy, Drafting Legislation and Enactment of Law and provides a nice overview of the BC legislative process.

The British Columbia Reports - The British Columbia Reports are part of the BC History Digital Collections at the UBC Archives. "The British Columbia Reports is a law report series that was first published in 1884 by the Law Society of British Columbia, with judgments dating back to 1867. The series ceased publication in 1948. This collection includes the full text of all decisions published in the series." (The British Columbia Reports website).

Table of Local and Private British Columbia Statutes 1872-2008- This table is provided by Courthouse Libraries BC, they are a "non-profit organization providing legal information services to the legal community and the public of BC." This table lists all private, public and unconsolidated acts as well as all their amendments and citations.

Alberta


The Alberta Law Collection -
The Alberta Law Collection is part of The Alberta Heritage Digitization Project and provides online access to the following
Statutes up until 1990
Legislative Assembly Bills
Debates and Journals
The Alberta Gazette
Ordinances of the Northwest Territories

Saskatchewan

Publications Centre, Historical Legislation - The Queen's Printer offers access to some historical legislation and will continue to add legislation to their site. They currently offer access to the following documents:

North West Territories Ordinances to S.S. 1905

R.S.S. 1920 (effective 1920-11-10)
R.S.S. 1930 (effective 1931-02-01)
R.S.S. 1940 (effective 1941-02-01)
R.S.S. 1953 (effective 1953-02-01)
R.S.S. 1965 (effective 1966-02-07)
R.S.S. 1978 (effective 1979-02-26)

S.S. 1905 to 1920
S.S. 1931 to 1940
S.S. 1941 to 1950
S.S. 1951 to 1960
S.S. 1961 to 1970
S.S. 1971 to 1980
S.S. 1981 to 1990
S.S. 1991 to 2000

Law Library Microform Consortium (LLMC) - The LLMC is a U.S. based consortium but does provide online access to the Saskatchewan documents listed below for 1906-1953. This site must be accessed through the University of Toronto Library System.

Public Statutes of the Province of Saskatchewan

University of Saskatchewan Wiki - Saskatchewan Legislation Research Guide - This USask Wiki is maintained by Gregory Wurzer and contains links to various legislative documents as well as to the Law Society of Saskatchewan.

Manitoba

Ontario

Internet Archives - The Legislative Assembly of Ontario has digitized and added over 1000 documents to the Internet Archives. These documents include Journals dating back to 1871, General Indexes to Journals and Sessional Papers dating back to 1867, Committee Reports, Special Reports, Hansards, and Sessional Papers pre 1900. The Legislative Library will continue to add documents to the Internet Archives until their entire collection is digitized.

Early Canadiana Online: ECO has close to 100 documents scanned that relate to the Legislative History of Ontario. These documents range from Bills, Statutes, and Regulations.

New Brunswick

Early Canadiana Online(ECO)

Please be advised that the following EOC items require a UTOR ID.

Nova Scotia

Government of Nova Scotia

The Nova Scotia government provides access to the statutes listed below.

Early Canadiana Online

ECO offers over 32 titles, these can be found by searching "Nova Scotia and Law" under the subject heading, below are listed some of the titles found on EOC

Internet Archive

The Internet Archive provides acesss to the following

The Extracts from the Hon. J.H. Grays Preliminary Report on the Statutory Laws of Ontario, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.

Prince Edward Island

Early Canadiana Online

The Archives PEI - the APEI offers access to some historical documents in microfilm or text format. If you would like further information please contact them through their website.

Newfoundland & Labrador

Early Canadiana Online

ECO has a small collection of Newfoundland and Labrador Legislative material.

The Rooms Provincial Archives - unfortunately The Rooms does not have an online collection but "archival government records are available for research at The Rooms Provincial Archives, subject to the provisions of the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act" as stated on their website.

Northwest Territories

Yukon

Early Canadiana Online

Internet Archives

Nunavut

Indian and Northern Affairs Canada