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Researching Federal Law

Sources for Federal Law

Current Consolidated Law  (official)  From the Department of Justice website.

Current Consolidated Law (unofficial)  From CanLii.

Statutes (as enacted)  (official)  The Canada Gazette Part III is an official source for session laws.  A scanned copy of the Canada Gazette Part Three is provided, going back all the way to 1841 (Canada Gazette).

Statutes (as enacted)  (scanned version of official)  The Session Laws Library via Hein Online provides access to the scanned contents of the Statutes of Canada going back to 1792.

Statutes (as enacted)  (authoritative)  From the Department of Justice website.

Current Consolidated Regulations (official)  From the Department of Justice website.

Current Consolidated Regulations (unofficial)  From CanLii.

Regulations (as enacted) (official)  The Canada Gazette Part II website.

Locate statute sources in the Paul Martin Law Library.

Select historical statutes are available on LLMC.


Sources for Federal Legislative Materials

Debates of the Parliament of Canada

Current

Debates, Bills, Journalls, Committee Reports and Status of Bills information for the House and Senate beginning with the 35th Parliament, 1st Session (1994) are available online through LegisInfo.

Historical Debates of the Parliament of Canada

The Library of Parliament, in collaboration with Canadiana.org, now provides extensive online access to the Historical Debates of the Parliament of Canada.  The portal is a free searchable database of digitised versions of the debates of the Senate and the House of Commons.

The Historical Debates of the Parliament of Canada portal includes all debates from Parliament 1, Session 1 (1867) until coverage on parl.gc.ca begins.  Debates for the Senate of Canada are available from the parliamentary website as of February 27, 1996. Debates for the House of Commons are available from the parliamentary website as of January 17, 1994. To access debates from these dates and later, please visit parl.gc.ca, under Parliamentary Business.

See also

APLIC Portal.  The result of collaboration between provincial and territorial legislative libraries from across Canada and the federal government’s Depository Services Program (DSP), the portal provides one-stop access to over 320,000 electronic provincial, territorial and federal government publications and legislative materials dating back to 1995.

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Here is an excellent guide to locating Canada's Treaties with Aboriginal peoples.

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