Government resources: Canadian federal, provincial, and local

Canada:  Federal, provincial, and local

Canada Commons
(2005-) Full text Canadian e-books, health and public policy documents, for all levels of government. Tip: You can use Filter/Facets to limit to Public Documents

Canadian Research Index 
(1900- 2108) Canadian Research Index includes federal, provincial, and municipal documents such as depository publications of research value; hard to find non-depository publications; scientific and technical report literature; policy, social, economic, and political reports; Statistics Canada monographs, and serials. Dates of coverage are 1900-2018 Note: Older reports are on Microlog fiche at Bennett Library.

Blog by James W.J. Bowden began when an M.A. candidate at Carleton University, contains fascinating analysis of current Canadian parliamentary practices and serves as a hub of research designed to encourage informal networks of peer review on Westminster parliamentarism. In addition to the blog commentary, look at James' documents, some of which you may not find elsewhere.

Registry of Canadian Government Information Digitization Projects
The Registry is an index of digitized government documents held by Canadian libraries. It is intended to function as a centralized access point for digitized government documents and publications in Canada and a resource for the library and archives community to find partners for digitization projects.


Government of Canada
The access point through which internet users around the world can obtain information about Canada, its government and services, including Departments and Agencies and Open Government

Government of Canada Publications
Formerly known as the Depository Services Program (DSP), Government of Canada Publications ensures that free public access to published Canadian Federal government information is available in most communities through our library network across Canada and freely accessible online. Access to DSP publications is available through the SFU Library catalogue or online through their site.

Library of Parliament Publications
Documents on this site were originally prepared for general distribution to Canadian Parliamentarians to provide background and analysis of issues that may arise in the course of their Parliamentary duties. Documents reference here are also available in PDF via Government of Canada Publications (see entry above). This site, while it remains, organizes the content by type which may be useful to researchers: They include Current Issue Reviews, Backgrounders, Legislative Summaries and Mini Reviews. 

Parlinfo provides information on Canada's Parliament including current and past elected members, parliaments and sessions, budget speeches, committee reports, legislation and information on elections

Government of Canada Web Archive
Library and Archives Canada (LAC) has implemented this first significant Canadian Web archive through the use of open source tools, developed by the International Internet Preservation Consortium. The goal of this organization is to collect, preserve and ensure long-term access to Internet content from around the world through the collaborative development of common tools and techniques for developing Web archives.

Government of Canada Directory Contacts
Provides links to Canadian government websites, email addresses, phone numbers or in-person services. You can also search for a specific agencies, organizations and departments within the government.

LEGISinfo: 37th Parliament (2001) - Current
Provides information regarding legislation before Parliament. View recently introduced bills in the Senate or House of Commons including:

  • The full text of the most recent version of a bill and any previous versions of the bill
  • The bill's life cycle from the day it was introduced for first reading until it receives royal assent
  • Links to the relevant content in official parliamentary publications associated with the passage of a bill

University of Toronto Government Publications Digitization Collection
Collection of government documents that have been digitized as part of the University of Toronto’s project to fully digitize its holdings of Canadian federal and Ontario provincial government publications. At this time, these documents are best searched using a full-text search. Additional descriptive metadata work is ongoing.



Government of British Columbia
Source of information for BC

Legislative Library of British Columbia
Search the library catalogue, the newspaper and periodical indexes, and find links to topics of interest to BC legislators.

Catalogues and digitized collections of legislative libraries across Canada

Municipal and local

Local Governments Province of British Columbia

Metro Vancouver Regional District
Partnership of 21 municipalities in the Lower Mainland, one Electoral Area and one Treaty First Nation that collaboratively plans for and delivers regional-scale services.  Formerly known as the GVRD.

CivicInfo BC
The local government "home page" for British Columbia facilitating access to the free and open exchange of local government information.

Local municipal government web sites