Government & Law

Online Databases – Resources Requiring Login (Library card and password)

BC Codes Online  – In-library use only at GVPL branches. Includes the BC Building Code, Fire Code, and Plumbing Services. Describes minimum construction requirements for safe buildings in BC. [How To Use]

BC STATS: Library Access Site – In-library use only at GVPL branches. Current statistical information on the state of the BC economy.

Subject Guides – Open Resources (no login required)

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Municipal & Regional Government

Capital Regional District – The Capital Regional District (CRD) is the regional government for the 13 municipalities and three electoral areas that are located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island.

Capital Regional District Document Library – Links to agenda, bylaws, minutes and reports.

Municipal & Regional Government: Agenda & Minutes

City of Victoria Agenda & Minutes

Saanich Agenda & Minutes

Oak Bay Agenda & Minutes

Esquimalt Agenda & Minutes

Colwood Agenda & Minutes

Langford Agenda & Minutes

Metchosin Agenda & Minutes

Highlands Agenda & Minutes

Central Saanich Agenda & Minutes

View Royal Agenda & Minutes

Provincial Government

B.C. Government

B.C. Government publications online – Electronic versions of the many Government of British Columbia publications.

B.C. Legislative Assembly

GALLOP (Government and Legislative Libraries Online Publications) Portal – The GALLOP Portal is intended as a one-stop access point to full-text searchable electronic government documents collected by Legislative libraries in Canada for their jurisdictions.

Federal Government

Canadian Parliament

Government of Canada Publications – Electronic publications from departments of the Government of Canada. 

Government of Canada

OpenParliament.ca – Great site for keeping track of what’s happening in Canadian Parliament.

International Government

UBC’s Government Information on the Web

United Nations – Information on the UN’s organization, agencies, resolutions and documents

British Columbia Law

The Revised Statutes and Consolidated Regulations of British Columbia

JusticeBC: Criminal and Family Law Information & Support

Legislative Assembly of British Columbia – Includes Bills, Debates of the Legislative Assembly (Hansard), Votes and Proceedings, etc.

MLA Lookup – Members of the Legislative Assembly.

Canadian Law

Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms

Department of Justice Canada

Canadian Intellectual Property – Copyright, trademark, patent and other intellectual property legislation and regulations. Includes ‘how to’ guides, on patents, copyrights, trade-marks, and industrial designs. Links to appropriate legislation.

LawCentral Canada – Links to Canadian justice and legal information and services (formerly Access to Justice Network).

Parliament of Canada – Information on Parliament, the House of Commons, the Senate as well as programs. Includes Bills, progress of legislation, and Debates (Hansard).

Canada Gazette – The official newspaper of the Government of Canada. Includes public notices, official appointments, proposed regulations, orders in council, and public act enactment proclamations.

Statutes and Regulations – Federal laws.

Law Courts

Court Services Ministry of the Attorney General – Includes the B.C.Supreme Court Civil Rules, Supreme Court Rules and Forms and links to Small Claims Court and the Provincial Court of B.C.

Federal Court of Canada

Supreme Court of Canada – Includes the Act and Rules of the Supreme Court of Canada, judgments and information on cases.

Supreme Court of Canada – Judgments – A full-text searchable database of judgments published in the Supreme Court Reports.

B.C. Superior Courts – Includes a Compendium of Law and Judges and an introduction to the laws and courts in B.C.

Legal Directories

Canadian Law List – Contact information for lawyers, judges and court officials Canada-wide.  

Martindale-Hubbell Lawyer Locator – Law firms and lawyers worldwide.

Legal Research

Doing Legal Research in Canada

Best Guide to Canadian Legal Research

Canadian Legal Information Institute (CanLII) – Canadian legal information including federal and provincial case law.

Clicklaw – Legal information, education and help for British Columbians

Duhaime’s Canadian Legal Information Centre – Canadian and B.C. legal information. Legal dictionary and links to pages on Canadian and international law.

Guide to Legal Research – An overview of Canadian, British and American legal resources and has links to Canadian and International legal websites.

Guide to Legal Services in Victoria – Published by the Together Against Poverty Society.

Legal Services Society of BC

Legislative Library Of British Columbia – Political science, parliamentary procedure, public administration, and economics related to British Columbia and its history.

MyLawBC – From the Legal Services Society of British Columbia.

People’s Law School – Provides information services and public legal education to the people of BC.

Tenant Survival Guide – A Clicklaw Wikibook intended to give tenants a basic understanding of residential tenancy law in British Columbia and what it means to them.

UBC Law Student’s Advice Manual (LSLAP) – Provides practical information about all aspects of law.

British Columbia Courthouse Library Society – Legal information services to the legal community and the general public in BC.

Guide to Law Online – U.S. Library of Congress’ annotated guide to sources of information on government and law available online. International in scope.


B.C. Statistical Agency

CRD Regional Information

Statistics Canada

Official Statistical Agencies & Societies

Directory of StatsCan & Free Canadian Statistics