Government Documents

The examples found in the APA section are based on the style guide Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th ed., 2010 and the APA Style Guide to Electronic References, 6th ed., 2012.

Government document with author(s)

Format:

Author Last Name, Initials. (Date of publication). Title of document (additional information such as report number, volume number, publication number). Place of publication: Publisher.

Example:

Kunz, J. L. (2003). Being young and visible: Labor market access among immigrant and visible minority youth: Final report (Working paper: SP-581-08-03E). Gatineau, QC: Human Resources Development Canada.

Government document with a corporate author

Format:

Name of  government department. (Date of publication). Title of document (additional information such as report number, volume number, publication number). Place of publication: Publisher.

If the organization is also the publisher use “Author” to indicate the name of the publisher.

Example:

National Council of Welfare. (2011). The dollars and sense of solving poverty (National Council of Welfare Rep. 130). Ottawa, ON: Author.

Online government document

Format:

Author Last Name, Initials. (Date of publication). Title of document (additional information such as report number, volume number, publication number). Retrieved from Department name website: http://xxxxxxx

Note: The author may be the name of a government agency or department. If the author is also the publisher, don’t include the name of the website. Use the format: Retrieved from http://xxxxxxxxx

Examples:

Clarke, A. (2009, September 25). Youth and democracy: A dialogue session. Retrieved from Parliament of Canada website: http://www.parl.gc.ca/Content/LOP/ResearchPublications/cp8-e.htm

Statistics Canada. (2010, January 11). Healthy people healthy places (Catalogue no. 82-229-XWE). Retrieved from http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/82-229-x/82-229-x2009001-eng.htm

Legislative documents (statutes, acts)

Title of the Statute. (date, chapter). Retrieved from Department name website: http:xxxxxxx

Examples:

Criminal code, R.S.C. (1985, c. C-46). Retrieved from the Department of Justice Canada website: http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/C-46/FullText.html

Fair Elections Act, S.C. (2014, c. 12). Retrieved from the Department of Justice Canada website: http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/AnnualStatutes/2014_12/page-1.html#h-1

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Other Resources

For more examples visit the OWL (Online Writing Lab) at Purdue University.

For examples of citing Canadian government documents visit the Simon Fraser University Library website.

Guide to formatting in APA style using Word (Northeast Wisconsin Technical College).