Sessional Papers are government documents requested to be tabled in the House of Commons so that Members of Parliament can do their job. The most common types of documents found in the Sessional Papers are Annual Reports of Departments, but Royal Commissions, Task Force Reports, Census volumes, and other tabled documents are included as well. Some tabled documents were ‘not printed’, so don’t appear in the published Sessional Papers. Certain of these can be found in the ‘Unpublished Sessional Papers’ (from 1916 to 1988) – see Canadian Federal Legislative Documents for more details.
Below is an index to the Sessional Papers available via the Internet Archive. Sessional Papers from 1867 to 1900 can be found in Early Canadiana Online.
Print: CA1 YS S26 (1867 - 1925)
1867-1900 - Canadiana.org
Annual Departmental Reports
Annual Departmental Reports were included in the Sessional Papers until 1925. Starting in 1926, Sessional Papers became “Annual Departmental Reports of the Dominion of Canada”, and continued until 1973.
Based on Sessional Papers of the Dominion of Canada from University of Toronto. Reference and Research Services.