Canadian Century Research Infrastructure (Census): The CCRI is a pan-Canadian, multi-disciplinary, and multi-institutional effort to develop a set of interrelated databases centred on data from the 1911, 1921, 1931, 1941, and 1951 Canadian censuses. The result will be a new foundation for the study of social, economic, cultural, and political change.
Canadian Families Project: The project team is studying families in Canada and has completed a national sample of the 1901 census of Canada.
Canadian Legal Information Institute: A database of statutes, regulations, and case law in Canada.
Dictionary of Canadian Biography: A database containing biographical information on thousands of individuals who died before 1930.
Early Canadiana: A general resource for primary documents.
Legal Information Institute (United States): A rich database of statutes and case law for all levels of government in the United States.
Library and Archives Canada: Library and Archives Canada (LAC) has one of the best online collections of primary documents and exhibits on Canadian history. Some of the most prominent resources include
- Cabinet Conclusions (summaries and verbatim minutes of federal government cabinet meetings).
- Immigration Records (names and reference data on people who arrived in Canada between 1865 and 1935).
- Mackenzie King Diaries (Mackenzie King was Canada’s longest-serving prime minister – you can access his entire diary).
- Royal Commission on National Development in the Arts, Letters and Sciences, 1949-51 (Massey Commission, full text).
State Funding for Social Movements: A historical database of government grants for nonprofit organizations in Canada.
Supreme Court of Canada: Decisions are available online, as well as biographical data on Supreme Court of Canada justices, past and present.
University of Toronto, Bora Laskin Law Library: This section of the law library’s website provides links for research on various legal topics.
Virtual Museum of Canada: Exhibits on Canadian history, society, culture, science, and technology.
Famous 5: Emily Murphy, Henrietta Muir Edwards, Louise McKinney, Irene Palby, and Nellie McClung.
Human Rights Digest (Canadian Human Rights Reporter).
JSTOR: Database of articles, books, reviews, and many other research tools. Individuals who are affiliated with a university or college can access these resources for free through their library’s website.
Érudit: Another major database for accessing electronic journals, Érudit is the best portal for accessing French-language journals, although it has many others, including the Journal of the Canadian Historical Association.
Acadiensis (History of the Atlantic Region).
Atlantis (Women’s Studies Journal).
The readings lists available on this site deal with a range of topics from human rights to biographies and specific events.
A history of state funding for nonprofits in Canada including a searchable database of grants from Canadian governments to organizations. Click here.