To find government policies, check the following:
- Canadian Heritage. Click on "Cultural diversity and rights" in the left-hand menu, then "HUman Rights" and then "Canada's Reports to the UN" which is the middle section of the page. These reports detail government policies and activities (federal and provincial) related to a number of important international treaties and, in particular, the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, the Convention on the Rights of the Child, and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women.
- Human Resources and Skills Development Canada. Click on "publications and resources" in the left-hand menu and then either audit reports or evaluation reports.
- Office of the Auditor General of Canada. The OAG publishes reports that evaluation government policies and programs. You can also search the websites of the provincial offices of the auditor general.
- Library of Parliament of Canada. The library produces publications on policy issues and you can search the site for your topic.
- Search the Canadian Government Policy Cycle subject guide. In particular, the section on Action introduces you to the variety of ways that the Canadian government can implement policy.
- Search both the Canadian Research Index and the Canadian Public Policy Collection which are specialized databases.
- Search our catalogue: do a keyword search and choose "government documents" for the location of the materials.
- Find government information online using the library's customized Google search. You can sort the rersults by level of government (federal, provincial, municipal).
In addition, here is a short list of Canadian federal departments and agencies:
Federal responsibilities include making laws "for the peace, order and good government of Canada,” except for those assigned to the provincial governments including:
- direct taxation in the province for provincial purposes
- natural resources
- prisons (except penitentiaries)