Government Documents

The examples found in the Chicago section are based on the style guide The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th ed., 2010.

Government documents come in various forms and are not always straightforward to cite. The Chicago style does not provide guidelines for all types. We suggest the following.

Individual as author

Note format

1. Author, Title (Report number or other identifying information), (Place: Publisher, Date), Page number(s).

Bibliography format

Author Last Name, First Name. Title (Report number or other identifying information). Place of publication: Publisher, Date.

Note

1. Jean Lock Kunz, Being Young and Visible: Labour Market Access Among Immigrant and Visible Minority Youth: Final Report (Working Paper: SP-581-08-03E), (Gatineau, QC: Human Resources Development Canada, May 2003), 5-6.

Bibliography

Kunz, Jean Lock. Being Young and Visible: Labour Market Access Among Immigrant and Visible Minority Youth: Final Report (Working Paper: SP-581-08-03E). Gatineau, QC: Human Resources Development Canada, May 2003.

Government agency as author

Note format

1. Name of Government, Government Department, Title (Report number or other identifying information), (Place: Publisher, Date), Page number(s).

Bibliography format

Name of Government. Government Department. Title (Report number or other identifying information). Place of publication: Publisher, Date.

Examples:

Note

2. Canada, National Council of Welfare, The Dollars and Sense of Solving Poverty (Rep. 130), (Ottawa: National Council of Welfare, 2011), 5-6.

3. Canada, Public Health Agency of Canada, Population-Specific HIV/AIDS Status Report: Women (Ottawa: Public Health Agency, 2013), 28-29.

Bibliography

Canada. National Council of Welfare. The Dollars and Sense of Solving Poverty (Rep. 130). Ottawa: National Council of Welfare, 2011.

Canada. Public Health Agency of Canada. Population-Specific HIV/AIDS Status Report: Women. Ottawa: Public Health Agency of Canada, 2013.

Online government documents

Add the access date and the URL at the end of the citation.

Note

3. Canada, Statistics Canada, Healthy People Healthy Places (Ottawa: Minister of Industry, January 11, 2010), accessed March 15, 2012, http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/82-229-x/82-229-x2009001-eng.htm.

4. Amanda Clarke, Youth and Democracy: A Dialogue Session (Ottawa: Library of Parliament, September 25, 2009), accessed May 11, 2012, http://www.parl.gc.ca/Content/LOP/ResearchPublications/cp8-e.pdf.

Bibliography

Canada. Statistics Canada. Healthy People Healthy Places. Ottawa: Minister of Industry, January 11, 2010. Accessed March 15, 2012. http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/82-229-x/82-229-x2009001
-eng.htm.

Clarke, Amanda. Youth and Democracy: A Dialogue Session. Ottawa: Library of Parliament, September 25, 2009. Accessed May 11, 2012. http://www.parl.gc.ca/Content/LOP/ResearchPublications
/cp8-e.pdf.

Statistics Canada Tables

Note

5. Canada, Statistics Canada, Youth Custody and Community Services (YCCS), Admissions and Releases to Correctional Services, Annual (Number) (CANSIM Table 251-0010), accessed March 14, 2014, http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/cansim/a26?lang=eng
&retrLang=eng&id=2510010.

Bibliography

Canada. Statistics Canada. Youth Custody and Community Services (YCCS), Admissions and Releases to Correctional Services, Annual (Number) (CANSIM Table 251-0010). Accessed March 14, 2014. http://www5.statcan.gc.ca/cansim/a26?lang=
eng&retrLang=eng&id=2510010.

Statutes (legislative documents)

Include the short title of the statute (usually found in the first section of the act), statute volume, year, chapter number and section number (if needed). Federal and provincial governments publish annual statute volumes (SC = Statutes of Canada) and periodically revised statute volumes (RSC = Revised Statutes of Canada). If accessed online include the access date and URL.

Statutes usually appear only in the notes and not the bibliography.

Note

6. Gender Equity in Indian Registration Act, SC 2010, c. 18, accessed April 3, 2013, http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca
/eng/AnnualStatutes/2010_18/page-1.html#docCont.

7. Criminal Code, RSC 1985, c. C-46, s. 724, accessed April 4, 2013,  http://canlii.ca/t/5204f.

 

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Tip: For more examples visit the OWL (Online Writing Lab) at Purdue University or ask for help at the library reference desk. For examples of Canadian government documents visit the Simon Fraser University Library website.