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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

Primary legal research invloves the analysis of cases and statutues, 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
  • Canadian Legal Words and Phrases


  • While indexes do not actually offer access to journal articles, they are comprehensive lists of works on certain subject

Case & Statutue Law

Case Law

  • QuickLaw: court cases tab 
  • CanLII
  • Canadian Abridgement: Index available in print at the Bora Laskin Law Library 
    • a comprehensive research tool for Canadian Law 
    • offers summaries of cases and treatments 
  • The Canadian Digest: only available on Quicklaw
    • alternative to the Canadian Abridgement 
    • contains summaries of cases from all jurisdictions including Quebec, the Supreme Court of Canada, the Federal Court and Federal Court of Appeal, and various federal and provincial administrative boards.

Statute Law