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Research Guides

Historical government publications

Debates and other parliamentary materials

1. Historical Debates of the Parliament of Canada Portal (Library of Parliament and
  • Senate: 1867 - February 27, 1996
  • House of Commons: 1867 - January 17, 1994

2. LiPaD: The Linked Parliamentary Data Project (

2. Debates: 1875+
  • Sessional Papers are a collected series of reports, documents and papers tabled in the House or Senate.
  • Online (by volume)
  • Online (by title)

4. British Parliamentary Papers (1688 - 2011)

  • Colonial and Canadian federal government materials



Foreign & global affairs

Foreign Affairs Documents

           Full text primary source, declassified on the "thirty-years rule

Royal commissions

Royal Commissions Research Guide


Finance & annual reports

Government Finance Guide

  • Includes budgets, estimates, public accounts, and annual reports

Throne speeches

Throne Speeches  

  • 1867 to present
  • The Speech from the Throne officially opens every new session of Parliament. The speech sets out the broad goals and directions of the government and its strategy to accomplish those goals.


Canada Treaty Information (Dept. of Foreign Affairs & Intl. Trade)  

Canadian Treaty Series (WorldLII)  

  • From 1812 on, some are full-text

Canada Gazette

Canada Gazette : the official newspaper of the Government of Canada


                           1841- 1998



Statistics Canada  

  • CANSIM (Canadian socio-economic information management system).

Data Library (University of Toronto)  

  • The Data Library owns and subscribes to many surveys and data sets. Some resources may have a cost associated.
  • Census of Canada, 1665-1871 (Queen's University)

Historical Statistics of Canada

Canada Year Book Historical Collection (1867 - 1967)

Censuses of Canada, 1665 - 1871 (Queens University Library)

University of Toronto iSchool Government Information Projects Dataverse

  • immigration statistics in the Sessional Papers 1869-1894
  • census of Canada Report Locator 1851-1951

Gross national product, Canada, 1870 - 1926: the derivation of estimates


Voting Registers (Early Canadiana Online)

Urban history

1. The municipal world (1892-1900)

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