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Ontario Courts — All levels of Ontario courts.
Ontario Court Forms — Court forms for a broad range of matters.
Ministry of the Attorney General — Administering the justice system in Ontario and protecting the public by delivering a wide range of legal services.
Provincial Offences Court and Traffic Tickets — Waterloo Region's Provincial Offences Court is located at 77 Queen St. N. in Kitchener. Visit this website for more information.
Ontario Court of Justice — The judges and the justices of the peace of the Court preside over adult criminal, youth criminal, family law, child welfare, and provincial offences matters.
Ontario Superior Court of Justice — The Court has jurisdiction over criminal, civil, and family cases, and is the largest superior trial court in Canada. The Divisional Court, Small Claims Court, and Family Court are all branches of the Superior Court of Justice.
Ontario Court of Appeal 
— The highest level of court in Ontario. Hears appeals from the Superior Court of Justice and the Ontario Court of Justice.


Tribunals Ontario — A group of 13 adjudicative tribunals: Assessment Review Board, Animal Care Review Board, Child and Family Services Review Board, Custody Review Board, Fire Safety Commission, Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, Landlord and Tenant Board, Licence Appeal Tribunal, Ontario Civilian Police Commission, Ontario Parole Board, Ontario Special Education Tribunal (English), Ontario Special Education Tribunal (French) and Social Benefits Tribunal.
Labour Relations Board — Tribunal mandated to mediate and adjudicate a variety of employment and labour relations-related matters under a number of Ontario statutes.
Ontario Land Tribunal — Formerly the Ontario Municipal Board. Adjudicates matters related to land use planning, environmental and natural features and heritage protection, land valuation, land compensation, municipal finance, and related matters.


Supreme Court of Canada — Canada's final court of appeal. Hears appeals from the decisions of the highest courts of final resort of the provinces and territories, as well as from the Federal Court of Appeal and the Court Martial Appeal Court of Canada.
Office of the Commissioner for Federal Judicial Affairs Canada — Established in 1978 to safeguard the independence of the judiciary and provide services to federally appointed judges.
Federal Court of Appeal — A National, itinerant, bilingual, bijural, and appellate court that handles cases that arise anywhere in Canada that concerns matters of federal law.
Tax Court of Canada — Individuals and companies come to this Court to litigate with the Government of Canada on matters arising under legislation over which the Court has exclusive original jurisdiction.


Canadian Human Rights Tribunal — Decides whether a person or organization has engaged in a discriminatory practice as defined under the Canadian Human Rights Act.
Canadian International Trade Tribunal — A quasi-judicial body that provides Canadian and international businesses with access to fair, transparent and timely trade remedy inquiries, federal government procurement inquiries, and customs duties and excise tax appeals.
Competition Tribunal — Hears matters such as business mergers; abuse of dominant position; agreements between competitors; refusal to comply; price maintenance; other restrictive trade practices; deceptive marketing practices; specialization agreements; delivered pricing; foreign judgments, law and directives that adversely affect economic activity in Canada; and refusals to supply by foreign suppliers.
Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada — Responsible for making well-reasoned decisions on im​migration and refugee matters, efficiently, fairly and in accordance with the law. The IRB decides, among other responsibilities, who needs refugee protection among the thousands of claimants who come to Canada annually.
Canada Industrial Relations Board — Hears workplace disputes and certain appeals that arise under the Canada Labour Code, the Status of the Artist Act and the Wage Earner Protection Program Act.
Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission 
— Aims to regulate and supervise broadcasting and telecommunications in the public interest.



CanLII — Provides open access to court judgments from all Canadian courts, including the Supreme Court of Canada, federal courts, and the courts in all Canada’s provinces and territories. It also contains decisions from many tribunals nationally. It contains the consolidated statutes and regulations of every jurisdiction in Canada. CanLII Connects  A blog that provides open access to high quality legal commentary on Canadian court decisions.
vLex Canada Open — Open access to Canadian case law and a selection of academic and popular commentary


British and Irish Legal Information Institute — British and Irish case law and legislation, European Union case law, Law Commission reports, and more.

Australasian Legal Information Institute — Australia's online free-access resource for Australasian legal materials.

Court of Justice of the European Union — Case law, legal publications, annual reports, and more.

United Nations Human Rights Database — Facilitates access to decisions on individual complaints on human rights violations by eight treaty bodies and aims at assisting the public, States, national human rights institutions, civil society, academia, as well as the United Nations and international regional mechanisms to research the vast body of legal interpretation of international human rights law as it has evolved over the past years.

WorldLII World Legal Information Institute — Free, independent and non-profit access to worldwide law.



e-Laws — Provides access to official copies of Ontario statutes and regulations.
Ontario Gazette — The official publication for Ontario legislation, proclamations of new statutes, and notices that must be made public.
Legislative Assembly of Ontario — Search for current and historical provincial bills and their status. 
Proclamations — Proclamations are important for discovering the precise date on which an act comes into force when the legislation does not state a date or states "on a date to be proclaimed."

Orders in Council —  An Order in Council is a legal order made by the Lieutenant Governor, on the advice of the Premier or a Minister. Search for digital copies of Orders approved after July 1, 2016 from newest to oldest. Can also be consulted to confirm when a particular piece of legislation has been proclaimed in force.
House Documents — Browse the Hansards, Orders and Notices, and Votes and Proceedings by the Parliament, session, and sitting dates. The Hansards are verbatim transcripts of the proceedings of legislature as legislation is debated. They can be used to determine the background of a particular statue in order to assist in its interpretation. If a section of a statute needs clarification and no judicial consideration is available, or treatment is mixed, a researcher would look to the Hansard debates to see what the intention of the government was when the law was created. They are considered strong evidence for the interpretation of statutes. Ontario Hansards are available online from March 1982 to the present.
Committee Reports — These reports and documents provide detailed information on the issues before law makers.

Osgoode's Historical Statutes Collection  — Provides access to statutes of the Province of Ontario, from colonial times to 1999 inclusive, as officially published in the annual or sessional statute volumes for the years when the legislation was passed. Also provides access to a collection of Revised Statutes of Ontario, from 1914 to the last in 1990, as officially published by the Queen’s Printer, reproduced in PDF format.

Standing Orders — Documents that govern how parliamentarians behave.


Justice Laws — Provides access to official copies of Federal statutes and regulations.

Canada Gazette — The official publication of the Government of Canada. Part I contains notices and proposed regulations. Part II contains official regulations. Part III contains acts of Parliament. 

LEGISinfo — Search for current and historical federal bills from the House of Commons and the Senate. Provides a wide range of information about each bill. 

Parliamentary Business — Find debates (Hansard transcripts) and other vital publications from current & previous sessions of Parliament. The Hansards are verbatim transcripts of the proceedings of Parliament as legislation is debated, and can be used to determine context about a particular piece of legislation. Hansards from 1994 to present can be found here, and from 1867 here.

Lipad — Digitized Hansards from 1901 to 2019.

Proclamations — Proclamations are important for discovering the precise data on which an act comes into force. Federal proclamations are usually accomplished through Orders in Council. They may also appear in the Canada Gazette Part II, linked above.

Orders in Council — A searchable database of the Orders in Council from 1990 to the present. Those from November 2002 are a full-text available in full-text on the site and previous ones can be ordered. Orders in Council also appear in the Canada Gazette Part I, linked above.

Projected Order of Business — Daily tentative agenda.

Table of Public Statutes and Responsible Ministers — Showing all the chapters of the Revised Statutes of Canada 1985, with their amendments, and certain other public Acts and their amendments

Table of Private Acts — All federal private Acts, other than those dealing with divorce, that have been published in the Statutes of Canada since 1867. The Table also includes amendments and repeals of those Acts. Private Acts are added to the Table after December 31 of every year.

For more information on legal research, visit Queen's University Library's Legal Research Manual, Osgoode Hall Law School Library Research Guide, and Bora Laskin Law  Library's Research Guide. If you are a WRLA member, please do not hesitate to contact to library staff.

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