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Information and publications from Canadian governments at federal, provincial, territorial and municipal levels. Also includes help finding information from the census and the Canadian Research Index (MICROLOG).

Canadian Federal Legislative Documents



House of Commons

House of Commons Chamber Business includes links for Debates (Hansard), Journals, Order Papers and Notices, Status of House Business, Bills, and House of Commons Committees (1994 - current).

Journals

Year: Description: Location:
1792 - 1839/40 Journals of the House Assembly of Upper Canada CA2 ON X2 J52 (Documents Folio)
Early Canadiana Online
(1825 - 1840)
1793 - 1837 Journals of the House Assembly, Lower Canada CA2 PQ X2 J51 (Documents Folio)
Early Canadiana Online
(1793 - 1837)
1841 - 1866 Journals of the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Canada
1860-1866 - Sessional Papers are published as a separate volume, and continued by Sessional Papers of the Dominion of Canada (CA1 YS S26)
CA1 X2 J52
(paper and microfiche)
Early Canadiana Online
1870 - 1993 Votes and Proceedings of the House of Commons of Canada
Continued by Journals of the House of Commons of Canada (CA1 X2 J55, 1994 - current)
CA1 X5 V78
1867 - 1993 Journals of the House of Commons of the Dominion of Canada
Continued by Journals of the House of Commons of Canada (CA1 X2 J55)
CA1 X2 J53
Early Canadiana Online
(1867 - 1900)
1994 - current Journals of the House of Commons of Canada
Continues both Votes and Proceedings of the House of Commons of Canada (CA1 X5 V78) and the Journals of the House of Commons of Canada (CA1 X2 J53)
CA1 X2 J55
Parliament of Canada

Debates

Year: Description: Location:
1841 - 1874 Debates of the Legislative Assembly of United Canada
1841-1856 in Print; 1846-1874 in Microfilm
CA1 X1 D21
1865 Debates on Confederation of British North American Provinces CA1 X1 D22 Early Canadiana Online
1867 - current House of Commons Debates (Hansard) CA1 X1 D23
Parliament of Canada (1994 - current)
1867 - 1996 Historical Debates of the Parliament of Canada
Debates of the Senate and House of Commons from the 1st to 35th Parliament
parl.canadiana.ca

Bills

Year: Description: Location:
1962 - current Bills of the House of Commons of Canada CA1 CXB B56
LEGISinfo
(2001 - current)
1991 - current Canadian Legislative Record
List all public and private government bills from the federal, provincial and territorial governments. Also includes Amendments to bills after second reading and royal assents.
CA7 CCH P67
(1991 - 2009)

Sessional Papers

Year: Description: Location:
1867 - 1925 Sessional Papers of the Dominion of Canada
Comprises all documents requested to be tabled in the House so that members can do their job. The most common types are Royal Commissions and Task Force reports, Annual Reports of departments, etc. If these reports were printed for distribution outside the House they became part of the published Sessional Papers. If they remain as "one of a kind" documents that were 'not printed', they are part of the Unpublished Sessional Papers of Canada.
Missing volumes can be found in Special Collections.
CA1 YS S26
Early Canadiana Online
(1867 - 1900)
Internet Archive
(1901 - 1925)
1916 - 1986 Unpublished Sessional Papers of the Dominion of Canada
Microfilm collection of documents tabled in the House of Commons, but 'not printed' (published) in the Sessional Papers of the Dominion of Canada or otherwise.
Coverage: 12th Parl. Session 6, 1916 - 34th Parl.,Session 1,2,3, 1988. Papers prior to this were lost in the Parliamentary fire of 1916.
Shelved in Documents Microform Cabinets. Use Journals of the House of Commons as a proxy 'index' to these papers.
CA1 YS S25
1924/25 - 1972/73 Annual Departmental Reports of the Dominion of Canada
Continuation of the Annual Reports published up to this point in the Sessional Papers of the Dominion of Canada.
Note: Volume 5, Trade of Canada (1925/26 - 1938/39) are shelved in Documents Folio.
CA1 YS S27

Internet Archive
(1925 - 1930)

General Index to Journals and Sessional Papers

Year: Description: Location:
1841 - 1930 General Index to the Journal of the House of Commons of the Dominion of Canada and the Sessional Papers of Parliament
1841 - 1851 | 1852 - 1866 | 1867 - 1876 | 1877 - 1890 | 1891 - 1903 | 1904 - 1915 | 1916 - 1930
CA1 XS 72G23 (Reference)

Useful Resources

Year: Description: Location:
1867 - current Federal Budgets
Federal Budgets from the House of Commons Debates (CA1 X1 D23)
Parliament of Canada
1968 - current Federal Budget
Department of Finance budget documents (budget plan, budget in brief, and budget speech)
CA1 FN B...
Department of Finance
  House of Commons Committees
Produce Minutes of Proceedings, Evidence, and Reports (Standing, Special/Select, Joint, Sub)
CA1 XC...
Parliament of Canada
(1994 - current)
1962 - current Order Paper and Notice Paper
Order of busines and notices of the House of Commons
CA1 X4 O82
Parliament of Canada
(1994 - current)
1965 - 2002 Ottawa Letter
Weekly reports, with cumulative indexes, to activities of the federal government, including an alphabetic list of bills.
CA7 CCH V35
(1965 - 1997)
ProQuest
1997 - 2002
1991 Precis of Procedure, 5th edition
Procedural questions dealing with usages, forms, customs and precedents of the House of Commons of Canada and on parliamentary tradition in Canada and other jurisdictions, so far as they may be applicable to the House.
Compendium - House of Commons Procedure Online has replaced the Precis of Procedure. It is a collection of articles on specialized procedural topics.
CA1 X9 96P66 (Reference)

Senate

Senate Chamber Business includes links for Debates, Journals, Order Paper and Notice Paper, Progress fo Legislation, Rules of the Senate, and Procedural Information (1994 - current).

Year: Description: Location:
1792 - 1839/40 Journals of the Legislative Council of Upper Canada CA2 ON Y2 J78
(Documents Folio) Early Canadiana Online
1841-1866 Journals of the Legislative Council of the Province of Canada CA1 Y2 J78
(paper and microfilm)
Early Canadiana Online
1867 - current Journals of the Senate of Canada CA1 YS J79
Parliament of Canada
(1997 - current)
Early Canadiana Online
(1867-1900)
2004 - current Order Paper and Notice Paper of the Senate of Canada CA1 Y4 O66
Senate of Canada
(Current only)
Publications.gc.ca
(2004-current; click on 'Browse Issue Records' to see individual issues)
1867 - current Debates of the Senate
Starting with the 34th Parliament, the culmulative index is available on microfiche and online
CA1 Y1 D32
1867-1996 Historical Debates of the Parliament of Canada
Debates of the Senate and House of Commons from the 1st to 35th Parliament
parl.canadiana.ca
  Senate Committees
Produce Minutes of Proceedings, Evidence, and Reports (Standing, Special/Select, Joint, Sub)
CA1 YC... Parliament of Canada

Canada Gazette

The official newspaper of the Government of Canada. Published since 1841, the Canada Gazette covers new statutes and regulations, proposed regulations, decisions of administrative boards and an assortment of government notices. Private sector notices which are required by statute to be published to inform the public also appear.

Year: Description: Location:
1867 - current Part I
Notices and proposed regulations
CA1 YX99 C14
1947 - current Part II
Official regulations
CA1 YX99 C15
1974 - current Part III
Acts of parliament
CA1 YX99 C16
1998 - current Online access to the Canada Gazette Canada Gazette
(1998 - current)
Library and Archives Canada
(1841 - 1997)

Statutes

Year: Description: Location:
1792 - current Acts of Parliament Hein Online
1974 - current Acts of Parliament - Canada Gazette, Part III
Acts of parliament
CA1 YX99 C16
Canada Gazette (1998 - current)
1841 - 1866 Statutes of the Province of Canada CA1 YX20 S71
Internet Archive
1843 - 1864 Public Acts of the Province of Canada
Note: first readings of Bills are only available in published form from 1962.
CA1 XB B54
1859 Consolidated Statutes of Canada (Uppper and Lower Canada) CA1 YX40 V9.C57
Early Canadiana Online
1867 - current Statutes of Canada CA1 YX21 S71
1993 - current Table of Public Statutes and Responsible Ministers CA1 J T16
Department of Justice
1886,1906, 1927, 1952, 1970, & 1985 Revised Statutes of Canada CA1 YX41
Hein Online
Department of Justice
1939 - current Canada Statute Citator Canadian Legislative Material (Law Library)
  Online access to Statutes CanLII
Department of Justice
LLMC Digital Law Library

Regulations

Year: Description: Location:
1947 - current Canada Gazette, Part II
Official regulations
CA1 YX99 C15
Canada Gazette (1998 - current)
  Consolidated Regulations of Canada CA1 YX100...
CanLII
Department of Justice

Royal Commissions (CA1 Z1...)

Miscellaneous

  • Publications of the Canadian Parliament: A Detailed Guide to the Dual-Media Edition of Canadian Parliamentary Proceedings and Sessional Papers, 1841-1970
    CA1 X9 74P71




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