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Sources of Law - Legislation: Canada


This page aims to offer a guidance on where you can locate sources of legislation of Canada, using various categories of resources. Categories of sources include:

*focus of this page will be made on the Federal level.


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Official Sources

Justice Laws Website (click to visit)

Maintains by the Department of Justice, this website offers e-access to federal materials in both French and English, which are both equally authoritative. Here, you can find constitutional documents of the country, consolidated Acts and regulations, Annual Statues from 2001 and onwards and etc.

LegisInfo (Canada) (click to visit)

Paraliament of Canada offical webiste , offering free resources of current and previous federal bills and legislations. 

Canada Gazette  (click to visit)

The Canada Gazette generally separates into three parts - Part I: Notices and proposed regulations; Part II: Official regulations; and Part III: Acts of Parliament. Publications from 1998 to the present can be accessed via the stated site (click the title above). For documents from 1841 to 1997, you may visit the Library and Archives Canada Collection.

LEGISinfo (click to visit)

Records of Bills and legislative history of each document can be searched, traced and accessed via this platform, with earliest available Parliament begins from the 35th (1994) to the current. Bills under consideration, or in progress, are also available from the 37th Parliament (2001) to the present.

To understand more about the legislative process of the government, you may visit House of Commons’ website.

Below gathers some quick links to access the legislations and relevant materials of different provinces in Canada, via corresponding official websites. 

Alberta British Columbia Manitoba
New Brunswick Newfoundland and Labrador Northwest Territories
Nova Scotia Nunavut Ontario
Prince Edward Island Quebec Saskatchewan


Goverment of Canada  (click to read more) 

Offical website of the Government of Canada, offering free resources of previous and latest treaties, laws and regulations.


HKU Libraries' Resources

BestCase Library (click to visit)

BestCase Library offers a variety of Canadian legal materials, including recent Statutes and Regulations of both Federal and State level in English and French, Board and Tribunal Decisions from 1906 and etc.

  • Access path (to all court decisions): Browse > All Content > select content you need


Lexis Advance Hong Kong (click to visit)

Offering Regulations, Acts and Constitutional documents, Lexis Advance Hong Kong covers content of both the federal and individual states. You may filter by content type, jurisdiction, or legal topics.

  • Access path: Browse > Publications > Canada > By Content Type > CA Legislation


HeinOnline (click to visit)

Major document relevant to Canadian Legislation available via this platform is the Acts of the Parliament of Canada, also known as the Annual Statutes, which coves from 1792 to 2020. For more recent publications, you may refer to the Justice Laws Website by the Department of Justice Canada.

  • Access path: Browse Databases by Name 

Open Access Resources

Canadian Legal Information Institute (CanLII) (click to visit)

Supporting the free access of legal information, an extensive collection of legal materials are available via CanLII. Here, you can access Regulations, Consolidated Statutes, Constitutional Acts and Annual Statues of the Federal level, with selected materials on different states. You may browse by content type and year of publication, or search directly with keywords or document title.