This page will help you research government policies and issues. It provides links to sources of government information at federal, provincial and municipal levels, and tips for searching for government information on the Web.
The transcripts of debates among MPs, MLAs, Senators and Councillors provide rich information on issues being addressed by government and members' arguments on all sides of those issues.
You can learn what work is being done, what decisions are being made, and what issues are being addressed by different bodies within government. Budget Speeches, Throne Speeches, and reports from Committees and Offices provide this information.
Below are a few examples. Search for more of these types of documents on the Senate, Parliament, and Legislature websites using the links above.
Here are a few examples of citations for the types of sources you need to cite for your assignment. See the additional citation resources on this page for more examples and explanations.
NOTE: APA does not provide guidance on citing Canadian legal information (so we do our best to fit the required information into something that looks like an APA-style citation). The most correct way to cite legal or government information is to use the Canadian Guide to Uniform Legal Citation (sometimes called the McGill Guide). This is available at MRU Library.
Below are some examples of citations that you can use as guides to citing things like government statutes in APA. (Note that these do no have hanging indents -- your correct citations should!)
Barlow, J. (2018, Mar. 22). "India." Canada. Parliament. House of Commons. Edited Hansard 148(274). 42nd Parliament, 1st session.
Citation in Text:
Bill C-6: An Act Respecting the Safety of Consumer Products. (2009). 1st Reading Feb. 5, 2009, 40th Parliament, 2nd session.
Citation in text:
(Bill C-6, 2009, "Summary," para. 2)
Post-Secondary Learning Act, SA, 2003, c P-19.5.
Citation in text:
(Post-Secondary Learning Act, 2003)
"opioid addiction" site:gc.ca
"protected areas" site:ab.ca
"snow removal" site:calgary.ca
You can also search particular ministries/departments through Google:
Include a term for the level of government - federal, provincial, municipal/civic, and the word Canadian
"communications" recycling municipal canadian
Use advanced search operators (same as in Google) to focus your search.
allintitle:indigenous health policy