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Canadian Legal Research

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

Provincial Case Law

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 many provincial courts rely on CanLII to provide free online access to case law and do not make judgments available on their respective websites.  Note also that dates of coverage for free online access to case law vary considerably by province and by court. 

  • Alberta
    • Alberta Courts (official site).  Selected Recent Judgments of the Court of Queen's Bench.  For free online access to other Alberta court decisions, see CanLII below.
    • CanLII -- Judgments issued by the Court of Appeal (1970-present), the Court of Queen's Bench (1971-present), and Provincial Court (1998-present), plus decisions rendered by multiple boards and tribunals (dates of coverage vary).
    • Lexis -- Scroll through the alphabetical list to access Alberta Judgments.  Full coverage from 1954-present, plus selected significant decisions from 1911-1953.
    • 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 Supreme Court and Court of Appeal (1990-present) and the Provincial Court (2000-present), plus decisions rendered by multiple boards and tribunals (dates of coverage vary).
    • Lexis -- Scroll through the alphabetical list to access British Columbia and Yukon Judgments.  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.  For free online access to other Manitoba court decisions, see CanLII below.
    • CanLII -- Judgments issued by the Court of Appeal (1999-present), Court of Queen's Bench (2001-present), and the Provincial Court (2000-present), plus decisions rendered by multiple boards and tribunals (dates of coverage vary).
    • Lexis -- Scroll through the alphabetical list to access Manitoba Judgments.  Full coverage from 1960-present, plus selected significant decisions from 1896-1959.
    • Westlaw -- Manitoba Cases & Decisions (MAN-CS) database (1875-present).
    • Manitoba Reports.  KEM104.A2 (1979 - 2006)
       
  • New Brunswick
    • New Brunswick Courts (official site).  Decisions of the Court of Appeal (browse chronologically by date from 2008-present; no keyword searching).  For free online access to other New Brunswick court decisions, see CanLII below.
    • CanLII -- Judgments of the Court of Appeal (1990-present), the Court of Queen's Bench (1990-present), and the Provincial Court (2004-present), plus decisions rendered by multiple boards and tribunals (dates of coverage vary).
    • Lexis -- Scroll through the alphabetical list to access New Brunswick Judgments.  Full coverage from 1947-present, plus selected significant decisions from 1908-1946.
    • 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).  Decisions of the Courts of Nova Scotia (searchable database covering most, but not all, judgments issued from 2003-present).  Depth of coverage varies by court and is most comprehensive 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), plus decisions rendered by multiple boards and tribunals (dates of coverage vary).
    • Lexis -- Scroll through the alphabetical list to access Nova Scotia Judgments.  Full coverage from 1948-present, plus selected significant decisions from 1893-1947.
    • Westlaw -- Nova Scotia Cases & Decisions (NS-CS) database (1846-present).
    • Nova Scotia Reports.  KEN504.A2 (1970 - 2006)
       
  • Newfoundland and Labrador
    • Law Courts of Newfoundland & Labrador (official site).  Decisions of the Court of Appeal (searchable database from 2001-present).  For free online access to other Newfoundland court decisions, see CanLII below.
    • CanLII -- Judgments of the Supreme Court/Court of Appeal (1985-present), the Supreme Court/Trial Division (1987-present), and the Provincial Court (2002), plus decisions rendered by multiple boards and tribunals (dates of coverage vary).
    • Lexis -- Scroll through the alphabetical list to access Newfoundland and Labrador Judgments.  Full coverage from 1970-present, plus selected significant decisions from 1848-1969.
    • 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), plus decisions rendered by multiple boards and tribunals (dates of coverage vary).
    • Lexis -- Scroll through the alphabetical list to access Northwest Territories Judgments.  Full coverage from 1970-present.
    • Westlaw -- Alberta, NWT & Nunavut Cases (ALTANWT-CS) database.  (Dates of coverage vary by court.)
       
  • Nunavut
    • Nunavut Courts (official site).  For free online access to case law, see CanLII below.
    • CanLII -- Judgments of the Court of Appeal (2000-present) and the Court of Justice (1999-present), plus decisions rendered by multiple boards and tribunals (dates of coverage vary).
    • Lexis -- Scroll through the alphabetical list to access Nunavut Judgments.  Full coverage from 1999-present..
    • Westlaw -- Alberta, NWT & Nunavut Cases (ALTANWT-CS) database.  (Dates of coverage vary by court.)
       
  • Ontario
    • Ontario Courts (official site).  Decisions of the Court of Appeal (1998-present).  Decisions of the Superior Court of Justice (selected decisions from 2002-present).  Decisions of the Court of Justice (selected decisions from 2004-present).
    • CanLII -- Judgments of the Court of Appeal (1994-present), the Superior Court of Justice (2003-present), and the Court of Justice (2005-present), plus decisions rendered by multiple boards and tribunals (dates of coverage vary).
    • Lexis -- Scroll through the alphabetical list to access Ontario Judgments from multiple courts issued from 1823-present (dates of coverage vary by court); and the Ontario Reports (the official reporter series with headnotes), from 1931-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
    • Courts of Prince Edward Island (official site).  For free online access to case law, see CanLII below.
    • CanLII -- Judgments issued by the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court (1993-present), plus decisions rendered by multiple boards and tribunals (dates of coverage vary).
    • Lexis -- Scroll through the alphabetical list to access Prince Edward Island Judgments.  Full coverage from 1970-present, plus selected significant decisions from 1922-1969.
    • Westlaw -- Prince Edward Island Cases & Decisions (PEI-CS) database (1837-present).
    • Newfoundland and Prince Edward Island Reports.  KEN1304.A2 (1971 - 2006)
       
  • Québec
    • Tribunaux Judiciaire du Québec; Courts of Québec (official sites).  For free online access to case law, see CanLII and SOQUIJ below.
    • CanLII -- Judgments of the Court of Appeal (1986-present) and the Superior Court (2002-present), among others; plus decisions rendered by multiple boards and tribunals (dates of coverage vary).
    • 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.
    • Lexis -- Scroll through the alphabetical list to access Jugements du Québec.  Full coverage from 1951-present, plus selected significant decisions from 1883-1950.
    • Westlaw -- Québec Cases & Decisions (QUE-CS) database.  (Dates of coverage vary by court.)
       
  • Saskatchewan
    • Courts of Saskatchewan (official site).  For free online access to case law, see CanLII below.
    • CanLII -- Judgments of the Court of Appeal (1979-present), the Court of Queen's Bench (1981-present), and the Provincial Court (2001), plus decisions rendered by multiple boards and tribunals (dates of coverage vary).
    • Lexis -- Scroll through the alphabetical list to access Saskatchewan Judgments.  Full coverage from 1959.
    • Westlaw -- Saskatchewan Cases & Decisions (SASK-CS) database (1905-present).
       
  • Yukon Territory
    • Yukon Courts (official site).  The judicial website allows you to browse chronologically by year for judgments issued by the Court of Appeal, the Supreme Court, the Territorial Court, and the Small Claims Court.  To access free, searchable case law databases, see CanLII below.
    • CanLII -- Judgments of the Court of Appeal (1996-present), the Superior Court (2001-present), and the Territorial Court (2001-present).
    • Lexis -- Scroll through the alphabetical list to access British Columbia and Yukon Judgments.  Dates of coverage vary by court.
    • Westlaw -- British Columbia & Yukon Cases (BCYUKON-CS) database.  (Dates of coverage vary by court.)