Research Tools

The Canadian Legal Research and Writing Guide
Great Library Research Guides
HeinOnline Libguides – Law Society of Ontario licensees have free remote access to HeinOnline through the Great Library. Email with your name, affiliation, and Law Society number to obtain your login. HeinOnline contains English Reports (Reprint), Provincial Statutes, Law Journals, & more.

PracticePro Limitations Online Companion

Slaw – Canada’s Online Legal Magazine

Statistics Canada

Law Society of Ontario – Great Library – E-resources Page

Law Engine (U.S.)

A US web directory for law, including US case law and legislation

Cardiff Index to Legal Abbreviations
Queen’s University Library – Legal Research Manual
Searching with Boolean Operators (How-to Video from Western University)

Case Law




Courts & Tribunals

Federal Courts

 Federal Court of Canada
Federal Court of Appeal
Supreme Court of Canada
Supreme Court of Canada Decisions
E-Filing Portal – January 2023
Tax Court of Canada

Ontario Courts

Guide to the Ontario Courts (Links to Court of Appeal, Superior Court & the Ontario Court of Justice)
Ministry of the Attorney General Court Address Information
Ontario Daily Court List


Canada Employment Insurance Commission’s Index to Jurisprudence
Canadian Competition Tribunal
Canadian Human Rights Tribunal
Canadian Industrial Relations Board
Canadian International Trade Tribunal
Canadian Radio-Television and Communications Commission
Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada
Ontario Land Tribunal
Ontario Securities Commission
Ontario Workplace Tribunals Library
 Workplace Safety and Insurance Board
Tribunals Ontario This global site covers: 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. 


Canada Law List – Find a Canadian lawyer or law firm


Family Responsibility Office Forms
Ontario Court Forms


Canadian Legal Information Institute (CanLII) Federal Legislation
Ontario Legislation E-Laws – quick, easy and comprehensive access to the consolidated laws of Ontario.
Canada Gazette – All three parts of the Gazette are available free of charge, in bilingual PDF format, searchable using Adobe Acrobat or html format.  Published every Saturday, Canada Gazette, Part I contains all formal public notices, official appointments and proposed regulations. Part II is published every second Wednesday, and contains regulations and other statutory instruments. Part III contains the Public Acts of Canada, and its purpose is to publish this new legislation as soon as possible after it receives Royal Assent. Anyone who has ever had to search this material in the good old fashioned print version will appreciate the accessibility of this digital format, with coverage starting from January 1998. However, you can now link into the Library and Archives Canada page for all Canada Gazettes back to 1841.
Department of Justice
♦ Ontario Gazette – This site links into .pdf versions of the individual issues of the Ontario Gazette and the main search template is rudimentary at best.  If you know the particular gazette issue you need to access, then this site will work, but searching is problematic.  A search produces a list of all gazette issues that contain those words but not a direct link to the text itself.  The site carries issues from 2000 forward.
♦ Ontario Legislative Assembly
– the place to find information on bills currently before the legislature plus debates and committee reports.  There is also excellent information on how bills become law, including the differences between public and private members bills. You can search bills by session and then by title or bill number.  Each bill will also have links to the .pdf and html versions of the various readings of the bill, including changes made after committee.  Other features of the site include full information on all the current members of the legislative assembly, the various committees, plus links to how to find your MPP and any web sites members may have.  The page put together by the Legislative Library is, of course, excellent and has links to may other sources of information regarding the governmental system in Ontario. 
Parliament of Canada – This site is maintained jointly by the House of Commons, Senate and Library of Parliament and includes the debates of the Senate and House of Commons, Journals, Order Papers and Notices, and Progress of Legislation. The site includes legislative summaries for each bill going through the House.
LEGISinfo – information on legislation currently before Parliament – easy to navigate and provides a good one-stop-shopping source for everything you may need to know about developing legislation


Federation of Ontario Law Associations – FOLA
Law Society of Ontario
LIRN City of Stratford
RECO – The Real Estate Association of Ontario

Legal Aid Ontario


Slaw – website designed to record the basic historical information for county courthouses in North America – created by retired Winnipeg lawyer John E. Deacon
Encyclopedia Britannica


CPD Online
Law Society of Ontario CPD Programs
 Ontario Bar Association
 Supreme Court Advocacy Institute

Support & Services

211 is a telephone helpline (call 2-1-1) and website that provides information on and referrals to Ontario’s community, social, health-related and government services. We can help you understand what services and government benefits exist and explain how to apply.  211 is answered 24 hours a day, every day of the year across Ontario.
CanLII Primer – Legal Research Principles and CanLII navigation for Self-Represented Litigants
CLEO – Community Legal Education Ontario – practical legal rights education and information to help people understand and exercise their legal rights – focuses on providing information to people who face barriers to accessing the justice system, including income, disability, literacy, and language.
Family Law Services – Ontario
Huron Perth Addiction & Mental Health Alliance