Table of Contents:
This guide is to provide general information about Canadian government and legal information. Most of the links selected in this guide are from Canadian Government Official websites. Some sites hosted by Canadian and U.S. universities are also included.
Canadian Government At a Glance
This section includes links providing basic facts about Canada and introductory information on how Canadian Governments are structured. Government Publication Sources are also listed.
Basic Facts about Canada
Interactive Map of Canada From Canadian Government Websites.
Basic Facts about Canada
This official page from Canadian Government Site provides basic facts about Canada such as national symbol, history and people, economy, climate and more...
Canadian Government at a Glance
This is a sub-page of the official site from the Canadian government. Since the political structure is different from that of the United State, this page provides an overview of major governmental institutions.
How do Canadians Govern Themselves?
A page from Canadian Library of Parliament explains Canadian political structure.
Government of Canada
This comprehensive site hosted by Canadian Government provides direct links to the primary Web sites of Government of Canada departments and agencies.
Official Government Publications and New Resources:
If you are already familiar with the basic structure of the Canadian government, the following links will take you to governmental institutions such as:
Provincial and Territorial Governments
Provincial and Territorial Governments An official site for searching Canadian local government information.
The national capital of Canada is Ottawa. Canada has 10 provinces and 3 territories.
|Provinces and Territories||Capital Cities|
|Newfoundland and Labrador||St. John's|
|Prince Edward island||Charlottetown|
|Quebec||city of Québec|
Legislative Process Beginning with Bill
Parliament of Canada Official Site of the Parliament.
Hosted by the Library of Parliament. it is a comprehensive source for finding Parliament documents.
About Chamber Business
Provides definitions of terminologies used in the Canadian Parliament publications. The navigation bar on the left-hand column will lead you to both the House of Commons and the Senate documents.
Legislative process begin with bills, this sub-page of the Parliament site explains the definitions of various bills in the Canadian Parliament, such as private bills and government bills etc.
Bills can be located from this Parliament official site. Links to House bills and Senate bills can be found in the navigation bar on the left-hand side of the page. Texts of bills are available from:
37th Parliament, 1st session. It includes Legislative Summaries (if available), and all available bills in full text.
House of Commons Debates:
Debates of the House of Commons of Canada
This page includes links to the House debates of the 37th Parliament, 1st Session (January 29, 2001 - Present) House Debates Index (Hansard Index) -"is the key to information about what is said by Members of Parliament in the House of Commons during the 36th Parliament, 2nd Session"
Debates of the Senate of Canada
Includes Senate Debates from the 37th Parliament, 1st Session (January 29, 2001 -Present).
Journals of Canadian Parliament:
Journals of the House of Commons of Canada
Goes back to October 1999.
Journals of the Senate of Canada
Goes back to October 1999.
House, Senate, and Joint Committees
Provides links to House of Commons, Senate, and Joint Committees working on the Canadian public issues on the left-hand navigation bar. Committee reports and other publications are available from this page.
House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights
Proceedings and other documents online
Canadian Justice System
A page from the Justice Department site, provide an overview of the Justice System in Canada.
Supreme Court of Canada
This is an official page of the Supreme Court.
Decisions of the Supreme Court of Canada
Maintained by University of Montreal. The collection available currently dates back to 1985.
Canadian Federal Court
Federal Court' s official site. For it jurisdiction and its history, please look at About the Court Provincial/Territorial Courts
Via Canadian Legal Information Institute home page, provides links to provincial/territorial Courts in Canada.
Federal Law Enforcement:
Department of Justice Canada
The Royal Mounted Canadian Police (RMCP)
RMCP maintained by the federal government is Canada's national police force. "The RCMP enforces many federal statutes, with particular emphasis on criminal and narcotics laws.
Laws and Regulations
Federal/Provincial Case Law and Statutes
Via Canadian Legal Information Institute.
Consolidated Statues and Regulations
A comprehensive site provided by the Justice Department of Canada.
Provided by Canadian Legal Internet Service. A comprehensive site for searching Canadian laws and other legal information
Statistics & Demographics
Statistics Canada An official page from Canadian Government. Two search tools are very useful for finding Canadian Statistics.
Finding and Using Statistics
Provides "A Key Source of Information on Canada and Canadians.
Statistics Canada Site Search Page
Search for Statistics Canada publications.
Historical Statistics of Canada
Some downloadable publications are available from this page.
Statistics Canada Publications Available for Downloading
Maintained by University of New Brunswick Library.
Citizenship and Immigration Canada
Canadian Economic Statistics
via Alberta University website.
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By Foreign & International Law Librarian.