Canadian Government Information

See also Government Information for worldwide resources

Search Tools for Finding Canadian Government Documents: Databases, Guides, and Help Sheets

CANSIM - Canadian Socio-Economic Information (via Statistics Canada)

CANSIM is Statistics Canada's key socioeconomic database. Updated daily, CANSIM provides fast and easy access to a large range of the latest statistics available in Canada.

CANSIM - Canadian Socio-Economic Information (via CHASS)

The version installed at CHASS is the full database in the so called BILLCONV format. Its characteristic feature is that both the English and the French versions are available to users (through the web interface) from CHASS website.

Data Liberation Initiative

The "Data Liberation Initiative"(DLI) provides Canadian academic institutions with access to Statistics Canada data files and databases for teaching and research.

Depository Services Program

Ensures that Canadians have ready and equal access to federal government information by supplying this material to a network of more than 900 depository libraries in Canada and to another 100 institutions around the world Go to a Depository Library to find and use government publications that are not yet available on the Internet.
To start your search for Federal Government Documents begin with the Depository Services Catalogue. Obtain the document number, then locate it in the collection. There are databases on the Internet that will allow you to search Government Information. If you have questions, please refer them to the Information Desk.

Weekly checklist [of Canadian government publications]

A listing of book and serial titles which have been released during the week by the Parliament of Canada and federal departments. Some electronic publications are included in the Checklist with links to the electronic full text. Use the Weekly checklist to find a new government publication.

Info Source Publications

“Info Source is a series of publications containing information about the Government of Canada, its organization and information holdings. It supports the government's policy to explain and promote open and accessible information regarding its activities. It is a key reference tool to assist members of the public in exercising their rights under the Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act.”

Canadian Government Contacts

Use the Directory to find government telephone, TDD, and fax numbers.

Government of Canada Information Search

Searches all Government of Canada sites accessible via the Internet. Only html and text documents are in the index at this time. The index is refreshed every weekend.

Seneca Guide to Canadian Federal Bills, Statutes and Regulations

This guide lists selected sources of information concerning the creation of statute law in Canada. You can use the references to find the dates and the text of laws in their various stages of development.

Short Introduction to Finding An Act

This guide provides a short introduction to some of the steps involved in finding:

  • Acts Passed Before the CurrentYear
  • Acts Passed in the Current Year
  • Bills Not Yet Passed

Federal Publication Locator

Provides access to “bibliographic records of Canadian Federal Government Publications in the National Library of Canada Catalogue (a subset of the AMICUS database, Canadian Library Locations information for titles held in the National Library Catalogue, and access to electronic Canadian Federal Government Publications.”


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