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Law, Government & Statistics

Databases available in library only, at all library branches.

QPLegalEze — BC laws, regulations and legal information. Available in library only at all Surrey Libraries 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. 

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


Consolidated Statutes of Canada

Access Copyright

ACJNet Resources on Canadian justice and legal issues.

Canada Gazette Parts I, II and III Online PDF format, now considered to be official, effective April 1, 2003. It will now be published simultaneously with the printed version and have the same official status.

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)

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 Codes In Library use only BC Fire Code, BC Building Code, BC Plumbing Services.

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 current Statutes, Regulations and Orders in Council of British Columbia (please use QPLegalEze for official version).

BC Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner Opened in 1993 to oversee British Columbia's Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

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

Consolidated Regulations of BC (official version from QP LegalEze) Available in library only at all Surrey Libraries branches.

Consolidated Regulations of BC (Unofficial)

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.

ClickLaw One stop site for legal information, education and help for British Columbians.

Crime Victim Assistance Program This program recently replaced the WCB's long-standing Criminal Injury Compensation Program. It allows victims of violent crimes to be compensated by the BC Ministry of Safety and Solicitor General.

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 New since July 2002, from Legal Services Society. It is intended to help people who can't get a lawyer and includes forms and tips for filling them out.

Hansard Services (Debates of the BC Legislative Assembly)

Harmonized Sales Tax

ICBC Claims Assessment Liability or bodily injury.

Justice Education Society

LawMatters Aims to provide all BC residents with local access to basic legal information through public libraries.

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

Legal Services Society

Legislation from the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia

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

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.  

Ombudsman of BC

QP LegalEze BC laws, official regulations and statutes (updated weekly). Available in library only at all Surrey Libraries branches.

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

Statutes of British Columbia  

Vehicle Safety and Inspection Standards From the Queen's Printer in partnership with the Ministry of Transportation.

Westcoast Environmental Law

BC Court Decisions and Cases

Provincial Court

Court of Appeal

BC Supreme Court

Court Services

Other Legal Resources

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

ClickLaw One stop site for legal information, education and help for British Columbians.  

Human Rights links

Jurist Canada The legal education network.

Justice Services

Legal Services Society

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

Reports and publications from the Ministry of the Attorney General Lists many helpful publications on various relevant current legal issues.

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



City of Surrey

Election 2011, Surrey


CivicInfoBC BC local government information.  

Metro Vancouver

Surrey By-Laws



BC Budget

BC Driving Practice Test

BC Driver Licensing from ICBC

BC Electoral Boundaries Commission Reports 

BC Estimates

BC Government (homepage)

BC Government Directory

BC Government Main Index

BC Government Publications Index

BC MLAs (Contact your Member of the Legislative Assembly)

BC Residents Connect to your government online.

DriveSmartBC An educational resource for BC drivers.

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

Getting a Driver's License in BC

Gateway Program Translink's plan for improving roads and bridges.

HST Agreement (BC Comprehensive integrated tax coordination agreement)

Service BC Improved access to government programs, services and forms.

Unclaimed Property Office of the Government of British Columbia (UPO)

Other Provincial and Territorial Governments

Federal Government of Canada

Alphabetical list to the Government of Canada Departments' and Agencies' primary web sites

Assembly of First Nations

CanadaBenefits Information about benefit programs and services for Canadians.

Canada Revenue Agency (CRA)

Canada Post

Canadian Government

Canadian Government Publishing, InfoSource and DSP

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

Electoral Ridings - Federal Maps and information about all federal electoral districts in Canada.

Federal Budget Info for Canadians Department of Finance Canada.

Federal Registered political parties

Government of Canada Publications Online A broad range of publications are available from federal government departments.

Hansard Debates of the House of Commons of Canada.

Members of the House of Commons

Parliament of Canada

Service Canada 1-800-622-6232 For information on Government of Canada programs and services.


Diplomatic Gateway to Canada Foreign representatives in Canada, embassies and consulates.

Government info on the web from UBC

Political Leaders of the World

Rulers, Countries and International Organizations Heads of state and government; heads of major international bodies. Chronology of resignations, elections, etc. Weekly updates.

UN Pulse Connecting to UN Information, focusing on current UN information, major reports, publications and documents.

United Nations (home page)

Worldlinq A great resource to non-English Internet resources in the languages that are in highest demand in Queens Borough (NY).

Political Parties

BC Political Parties

Canadian Political Parties

Government Forms

Access to Information Request forms from the Government of Canada.

BC Government employment opportunities

BC Vital Statistics Agency 

British Columbia Public Service (job opportunities)

Canada Customs & Revenue Agency tax forms

Citizenship Application for a Canadian citizenship certificate.

City of Surrey Freedom of Information and protection of Privacy Includes links to manual and forms.

Congratulatory messages From the Queen or the Governor General for wedding anniversary, birthday messages and special messages.

Employment Insurance (EI) (applying online)

Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy for British Columbians

Government of Canada Forms Links to the most frequently requested Government of Canada Forms.

Income Tax clinics (in Surrey)

Income Tax package for British Columbia

Info Source Access to Information from the Government of Canada.

Passport Office (Canada)

Public Service Commission (Federal employment) Employment with Canadian federal government.

Residential Tenancy Agreement Forms

Vital Statistics forms


A profile of the Canadian population: Where we live The first data released from the 2006 Census, including population and dwelling counts, a detailed analysis of growth rates, demographic trends and geographic distribution.

BC Stats Library Access Site Includes free access to subscription content for personal use through your library. Publications such as Business Indicators, Census Profiles, Consumer Price Index, Current Statistics, Earnings & Employment Trends, Exports (BC Origin), Labour Force Statistics, Migration & Immigration Highlights, Quarterly Regional Statistics, Small Business Quarterly and Tourism Sector Monitor.

BC Stats Releases Information on BC's population and economy. Many free resources are available including: BC Population.


Citizenship Guide Statistics about Surrey, BC & Canada, of use to people preparing for the citizenship test.  

Housing Statistics and Market Trends From the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board.

Infonation United Nations members country data.

Metro Vancouver Key Facts Greater Vancouver regional District statistics.

NationMaster.com For statistics from around the world.

Other Statistics Links From BC Stats, with links to other provinces and countries sources.

Population Reference Bureau International statistics and articles especially good for information about developing countries, and on issues such as HIV/AIDS and the environment.

Statistics Canada main website:

Statistics Canada Depository Library Publications

Statistics Canada Downloadable Publications Free publications, many in pdf format.

United Nations Stats

Vital Statistics Agency BC Statistics available on the Internet.

Surrey Population and Demographics Find population and demographic data for Surrey from the 2006 Census.