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Law, Government & Statistics

Databases available in library only, at all library branches.

BC Codes — BC Building Code, BC Fire Code, and BC Plumbing Code. Available in library only at all Surrey Libraries branches.

BC Stats Library Access Site — Up-to-date business and economic indicators such as the Consumer Price Index, Earnings & Employment Trends, Small Business Quarterly, etc.

Canadian Legal Education Society of BC — Family Law Sourcebook, Family Law Practice manual, plus many more. Must use in library and requires login. Please see the Information Desk at any Surrey Library for help.

CANSIM — Statistics Canada's key socioeconomic database. Updated daily, CANSIM provides fast and easy access to a large range of the latest statistics available in Canada.

Martin's Online Criminal Code — Legal research tool that provides access to the Criminal Code along with corresponding commentary. Browse through previous versions of Martin's Annual Criminal Code, or search for a particular section or subsection at a specific date. Available in library only at all Surrey Libraries branches. 

Vehicle Safety & Inspection Standards Online — BC bulletins, fact sheets, laws and inspection manuals relating to vehicle safety. Available in library only at all Surrey Libraries branches.


Law & Legislation


Access Copyright

Canada Gazette Official notice to all Canadians regarding new acts, statutes, regulations and proclamations. Updated on a weekly basis.

Canada's System of Justice

Canadian Legislation

Copyright information centre from the Canadian Library Association.

Indian Residential Schools Resolution Canada (IRSRC) Was created as a new federal department to centralize and focus federal efforts on resolving claims associated with the legacy of the Indian residential school system.

Legal Line Canada's legal information resource.

National Association of Women and the Law (NAWL)

Statutes and Regulations of Canada

Courts and Cases

CANLII (Canadian Legal Information Institute) A recent project, developed by the University of Montreal's LexUM team, which aims to provide a single interface to search all or individual Canadian court websites. At this stage, the CANLII site is still being developed, but it still provides a useful launching pad for finding Canadian court decisions on the Internet.

Federal Court Decisions 

Federal Court of Canada

Supreme Court of Canada

Supreme Court Judgements

British Columbia

Access Pro Bono Quality legal services for all.

BC Bills Including text of the First and Third Reading Bills and an index to the progress of BC government, members' and private bills.

BC Courthouse Library Society Provides legal information services to the general public and the legal community.

BC Gazette, Parts 1 and 2 (from QPLegalEze) Available in library only at all Surrey Libraries branches.

BC Human Rights Tribunal

BC Laws Provides free access to legislative documents such as Debates of the Legislative Assembly (Hansard), Bills, Regulations and Orders in Council of British Columbia.

BC Supreme Court Self-Help Information Family or civil law matters.

British Columbia Ministries and the Acts for which they are responsible You can search by the name of the Act or look at a ministry to see the Acts it oversees.

Dial-a-Law General legal information (not advice) prepared by lawyers, in English, Chinese, and Punjabi.

Family Justice Services From the BC Ministry of Attorney General, Justice Services Branch.

Family Law in BC From Legal Services Society (LSS). Basic information about legal issues surrounding family law (such as separation, divorce, custody, division of property, etc.).

Hansard Services (Debates of the BC Legislative Assembly)

Justice Education Society

LawStart BC Links ClickLaw, LawMatters and Courthouse Libraries reference services to the public.

Legal Services Society

MultiLingoLegal.ca (British Columbia) Newcomers may find legal information in their own language.

Options Public legal information and resources Short guides on a variety of common legal topics. Guides are located on the bottom right side of this webpage.

People's Law School Provides general information and education about BC legal system, in Chinese, English, French, Punjabi, and Spanish.

Pivot Legal Society Directory of free legal resources.  

Small Claims Court Small Claims Manual, Forms, and guides.

BC Court Decisions and Cases

Provincial Court

Court Services BC’s electronic court registry. View Provincial and Supreme civil court files, access daily court lists.

Other Legal Resources

Best Guide to Canadian Legal Research An instructional site for Canadian legal research, with an emphasis on BC.  

Justice Services

Multilingual Legal Glossary 6000 legal terms in 8 languages from the Vancouver Community College.

UBC Law Students' Legal Advice Program Covers a wide range of legal topics and related web sites.

Municipal Government

City of Surrey 

Provincial/Territorial Government

BC Government 

BC MLAs (Contact your Member of the Legislative Assembly)

Elections BC Ridings, Maps and information about provincial electoral districts.

Federal Government of Canada

Canadian Government

Elections Canada or call toll free: 1 800 INFO-VOTE (1-800-463-6868).

Parliament of Canada

Government Forms

BC Vital Statistics Agency 

Income Tax clinics (in Surrey)

Residential Tenancy Agreement Forms


2011 Census

BC Stats Releases Information on BC's population and economy.

Statistics Canada