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Law of Labour Relations, Law in the Workplace, and Labour Arbitration (IRE 1270, IRE 1338, and IRE 1260)

This subject guide is meant to assist students, particularly those enrolled in IRE 1260, IRE 1270 and IRE 1338, with research papers and assignments.

Primary vs. Secondary Sources

Canadian Legal and Research Writing Guide: This guide can help you develop an effective Step-by-Step Legal Research Process, learn when and how to use particular resources, and better understand statutory research and electronic searching. Links to free online resources and lists of leading publications can help you conduct your research. Material on writing and analysis can help to improve your legal writing and reasoning.


Primary legal research involves the analysis of cases and statutes, while secondary legal research consist of finding commentary on cases and laws.

It is essential to do both, but often valuable to do secondary research first. 

Secondary research will all help you understand the case or statute - what exactly it covers, how it has been applied, or issues surrounding the law.

There are a variety of primary and secondary sources to consider, including print and electronic material.

Encyclopedias and dictionaries are also good starting points when conducting legal research - they will clarify terms and topics. The following are available on QuickLaw

  • Halsbury's Laws of Canada

Case & Statutue Law

Case Law

  • QuickLawCourt Decisions; Case Summaries; Tribunal Decisions under Primary Law
  • WestLawNext Canada
  • CanLII
  • Canadian Abridgement:  available on Westlaw Next under Finding tools
    • a comprehensive research tool for Canadian Law 
    • offers summaries of cases and treatments 
  • The Canadian Encyclopedic Digest: available on Westlaw Next under Commentary
  • Canadian Encyclopedic Digest provides a comprehensive statement of the law of Ontario and the four western provinces - provincial, federal and common law - as derived from the case law and legislation.
    • alternative to the Canadian Abridgement 

Statute Law