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Canadian Legal Research

This guide details researching Canadian law at the federal and provincial level.

Provincial Cases

Listed below are electronic and print sources for accessing case law from Canada's provincial courts.  For those without access to Lexis and Westlaw, the Canadian Legal Information Institute (CanLII) provides free online access to provincial case law, as do some provincial court websites.  Note that dates of coverage vary considerably by province and by court. 

  • Alberta
    • CanLII -- Judgments issued by the Court of Appeal (1970-present), the Court of Queen's Bench (1971-present), and Provincial Court (1998-present).
    • Lexis -- Canada Case Law > Alberta Cases (1976-present).
    • Westlaw -- Alberta, NWT & Nunavut Cases (ALTANWT-CS) database.  (Dates of coverage vary by court.)
    • Alberta Reports.  KEA104.A24 (1977 - 2006)
       
  • British Columbia
    • Courts of British Columbia (official site) -- Judgments of the Supreme Court & Court of Appeal (1990-present).
    • CanLII -- Judgments of the Provincial Court (2000-present).
    • Lexis -- Canada Case Law > British Columbia Cases.  (Dates of coverage vary by court.)
    • Westlaw -- British Columbia & Yukon Cases (BCYUKON-CS) database.  (Dates of coverage vary by court.)
    • British Columbia Appeal Cases.  KEB119.A2 (1991 - 2006)
       
  • Manitoba
    • Manitoba Courts (official site) -- Recent judgments issued by the Court of Appeal only.
    • CanLII -- Judgments issued by the Court of Appeal (1999-present), Court of Queen's Bench (2001-present), and the Provincial Court (2000-present).
    • Lexis -- Canada Case Law > Manitoba Cases (1979-present).
    • Westlaw -- Manitoba Cases & Decisions (MAN-CS) database (1875-present).
    • Manitoba Reports.  KEM104.A2 (1979 - 2006)
       
  • New Brunswick
    • CanLII -- Judgments of the Court of Appeal (1990-present), the Court of Queen's Bench (1990-present), and the Provincial Court (2004-present).
    • Lexis -- Canada Case Law > New Brunswick Cases (1969-present).
    • Westlaw -- New Brunswick Cases & Decisions (NB-CS) database (1836-present).
    • New Brunswick Reports.  KEN104.A2 (1969 - 2006)
       
  • Nova Scotia
    • Courts of Nova Scotia (official site) -- Most, but not all, judgments issued from 2003-present.  Coverage varies by court, but is most complete for the Court of Appeal.
    • CanLII -- Judgments issued by the Court of Appeal (1990-present), the Supreme Court (1991-present), and the Provincial Court (2001-present).
    • Lexis -- Canada Case Law > Nova Scotia Cases (1969-present).
    • Westlaw -- Nova Scotia Cases & Decisions (NS-CS) database (1846-present).
    • Nova Scotia Reports.  KEN504.A2 (1970 - 2006)
       
  • Newfoundland and Labrador
    • CanLII -- Judgments of the Supreme Court/Court of Appeal (1985-present), the Supreme Court/Trial Division (1987-present), and the Provincial Court (2002).
    • Lexis -- Canada Case Law > Newfoundland & Labrador Cases (1971-present).
    • Westlaw -- Newfoundland & Labrador Cases & Decisions (NFLD-CS) database (1836-present)
    • Newfoundland and Prince Edward Island Reports.  KEN1304.A2 (1971 - 2006)
       
  • Northwest Territories
    • Northwest Territories Courts (official site) -- Judgments of all courts (1996-present).
    • CanLII -- Judgments of the Supreme Court (1996-present), the Court of Appeal (1996-present), and the Territorial Court (2002-present).
    • Westlaw -- Alberta, NWT & Nunavut Cases (ALTANWT-CS) database.  (Dates of coverage vary by court.)
       
  • Nunavut
    • CanLII -- Judgments of the Court of Appeal (2000-present) and the Court of Justice (1999-present).
    • Westlaw -- Alberta, NWT & Nunavut Cases (ALTANWT-CS) database.  (Dates of coverage vary by court.)
       
  • Ontario
    • Court of Appeal Decisions (official site) 1998-present.
    • CanLII -- Judgments of the Court of Appeal (1994-present) and the Superior Court of Justice (2003-present), among other courts.
    • Lexis -- Canada Case Law > Ontario Cases.  Judgments of the Court of Appeal and Divisional Court (1984-present).  Judgments of the Superior Court of Justice and the Court of Justice Court (2002-present).
    • Westlaw -- Ontario Cases & Decisions (ONT-CS) database (1830-present).
    • Ontario Reports.  KEO117.4.O5 (2d series vol. 1-75, 1963-1973; 3rd series vo. 1- 115, 1974-2013)
    • Ontario Appeal Cases.  KEO118.A2 (vol. 1-285; cancelled in 2012)
       
  • Prince Edward Island
    • CanLII -- Judgments issued by the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court (1993-present).
    • Lexis -- Canada Case Law > Prince Edward Island Cases (1971-present).
    • Westlaw -- Prince Edward Island Cases & Decisions (PEI-CS) database (1837-present).
    • Newfoundland and Prince Edward Island Reports.  KEN1304.A2 (1971 - 2006)
       
  • Québec
    • CanLII -- Judgments of the Court of Appeal (1985-present) and the Superior Court (2002-present), among others.
    • Lexis -- Canada Case Law > Causes du Québec.  Judgments issued by the Court of Appeal (1986-1995).
    • Westlaw -- Québec Cases & Decisions (QUE-CS) database.  (Dates of coverage vary by court.)
    • SOQUIJ (Société Québécoise d'Information Juridique) Provides free access to decisions issued by the provincial courts of Quebec and Canada's federal courts in French.  Dates of coverage vary by court.
       
  • Saskatchewan
    • CanLII -- Judgments of the Court of Appeal (1979-present), the Court of Queen's Bench (1981-present), and the Provincial Court (2001). 
    • Lexis -- Canada Case Law > Saskatchewan Cases (1980-present).
    • Westlaw -- Saskatchewan Cases & Decisions (SASK-CS) database (1905-present).
       
  • Yukon Territory
    • CanLII -- Judgments of the Court of Appeal (1996-present), the Superior Court (2001-present), and the Territorial Court (2001-present).
    • Lexis -- Canada Case Law > British Columbia Cases.  Note that the British Columbia Cases database on Lexis includes judgments issued by the Yukon Court of Appeal since 1991 and by the Yukon Supreme Court since 2002.
    • Westlaw -- British Columbia & Yukon Cases (BCYUKON-CS) database.  (Dates of coverage vary by court.)