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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 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 -- Scroll through the alphabetical list to access Alberta Judgments, as well as decisions issued by many types of administrative tribunals.  Dates of coverage vary by court and by tribunal.
    • 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 -- Scroll through the alphabetical list to access British Columbia and Yukon Judgments, as well as decisions issued by many types of administrative tribunals.  Dates of coverage vary by court and by tribunal.
    • 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 -- Scroll through the alphabetical list to access Manitoba Judgments, as well as decisions issued by many types of administrative tribunals.  Dates of coverage vary by court and by tribunal.
    • 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 -- Scroll through the alphabetical list to access New Brunswick Judgments, as well as decisions issued by many types of administrative tribunals.  Dates of coverage vary by court and by tribunal.
    • 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 -- Scroll through the alphabetical list to access Nova Scotia Judgments, as well as decisions issued by many types of administrative tribunals.  Dates of coverage vary by court and by tribunal.
    • 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 -- Scroll through the alphabetical list to access Newfoundland and Labrador Judgments, as well as decisions issued by many types of administrative tribunals.  Dates of coverage vary by court and by tribunal.
    • 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).
    • Lexis -- Scroll through the alphabetical list to access Northwest Territories Judgments, as well as Labor Arbitration Awards.  Dates of coverage vary by court and by tribunal.
    • 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).
    • Lexis -- Scroll through the alphabetical list to access Nunavut Judgments.  Dates of coverage vary by court.
    • 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 -- Scroll through the alphabetical list to access Ontario Judgments and Ontario Reports (official reporter series with headnotes), as well as decisions issued by many types of administrative tribunals.  Dates of coverage vary by court and by tribunal.
    • 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 -- Scroll through the alphabetical list to access Prince Edward Island Judgments, as well as decisions issued by many types of administrative tribunals.  Dates of coverage vary by court and by tribunal.
    • 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 -- Scroll through the alphabetical list to access Jugements du Québec, as well as decisions issued by many types of administrative tribunals.  Dates of coverage vary by court and by tribunal.
    • 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 -- Scroll through the alphabetical list to access Saskatchewan Judgments, as well as decisions issued by many types of administrative tribunals.  Dates of coverage vary by court and by tribunal.
    • 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 -- Scroll through the alphabetical list to access British Columbia and Yukon Judgments, as well as decisions issued by several types of administrative tribunals.  Dates of coverage vary by court and by tribunal.
    • Westlaw -- British Columbia & Yukon Cases (BCYUKON-CS) database.  (Dates of coverage vary by court.)