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PrimaryDocuments now has over 4,500 documents.

For the moment our Search Engine is displaying results in alphabetical order. If you are having any trouble finding a document, please try using our new advanced search options or contact us at pd@theccf.ca. We’re always happy to help!

In anticipation of the hearings at the Supreme Court of Canada regarding the Impact Assessment Act, we have produced a report on Section 92A regarding Provincial Ownership of Resources. HERE. We now have a first draft version of Section 109 HERE,  one on Section 92(10)–Local Works HERE , Section 92(13)–Property and Civil Rights (Provincial)HERE, and one on Section 92(5)–Provincial Public Lands HERE.We hope to have other relevant sections of the case up in the near future.

In light of Reference re An Act respecting First Nations, Inuit and Metis children, youth and families (also known as Attorney General of Quebec v. Attorney General of Canada), we have added a new reports on Executive Power, specifically, Section 12 (Federal) and Section 65 (Provincial)


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You are also invited to try our new search engine. Our advanced search engine allows users to search and sort by Section of the Constitution and by Speaker, in addition to by date, author, keyword, etc.


We are proud to announce the second publication in our book series Canada’s Primary Constitutional Documents: The Confederation Debates in the Province of Canada (CCF, 2022)

Click Here to Download the Three-Volume Set

About the Confederation Debates: Included in this three-volume set, for the first time in one location, is the complete record of all the debates on Confederation that took place in the parliament of the Province of Canada in the period between the drafting of the Quebec Resolutions in October 1864 and the coming-into-force of the new constitution in 1867.Historically, the term “Confederation Debates” has been used to describe only a subset of these debates which took place in February and March, 1865. The present volume includes, in addition, debates from the summer of 1865 and from 1866 that are necessary for a full understanding of the development of the British North America Act.


For the debates surrounding the creation of the Emergencies Act, please visit our collection HERE.In light of Quebec’s attempt to change its constitution we have created two Reports:

REPORT: Compilation of primary documents to assist in interpreting the English phrases: “Provincial Constitutions” or “Constitution of the Province” or “Local Constitutions”

REPORT: Language Rights, Section 133 of the Constitution Act, 1867

We have also published a new report on Indigenous Rights, Section 25 of the Constitution Act, 1982 HERE.

About Us

We seek to be the most complete word-searchable electronic repository of documents relating to the Canadian constitution.

Our aim is to make it possible for anyone —whether student, teacher, lawyer, or judge— to easily access the entire documentary record of what Canada’s leaders—as well as reasonable, well-informed Canadians—were thinking when they adopted the constitutional provisions that govern us today. Only by knowing this, can present-day Canadians know the meaning of our constitutional law.

You can see the documents in our collection, arranged either by Dates or by Keywords, in the corresponding section of the navigation bar.

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