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LAW Legal Citation (McGill Guide) Quick Reference

Intended to be a quick reference for footnoting some common types of citations for Canadian legal publications.

Statutes (Chapter 2.1)

The 8th Edition contains a new section (2.1.3) to identify official electronic sources by jurisdiction across Canada.

Annual Statutes example:

Family Law Act, SA 2003, c F-4.5.

Safe Drinking Water Act, 42 USC §300f (1974).

Law of Property Act, 1969 (UK), c 59.

Revised Statutes example:

Territorial Lands Act, RSC 1985, c T-7.

Fair Trading Act, RSA 2000, c F-2.

Constitution and Charter of Rights (Chapter 2.2)

Constitution Act, 1982, being Schedule B to the Canada Act 1982 (UK), 1982, c 11.

Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Part I of the Constitution Act, 1982, being Schedule B to the Canada Act 1982 (UK), 1982, c 11.

Bills (Chapter 2.4)


Bill C-5, An Act respecting the protection of wildlife species at risk in Canada, 2nd Sess, 37th Parl, 2002, cl 2(2) (as passed by the House of Commons 9 October 2002).

Provinces and Territories

Bill 20, Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Amendment Act, 2006, 2nd Sess, 26th Leg, 2006 (assented to 24 May 2006), SA 2006, c 17

Regulations (Chapter 2.5)

Polar Bear Pass Withdrawal Order, SOR/84-409.

Migratory Birds Regulations, CRC, c 1035, s 9 (CanLII).

Alberta Forest Land Use and Management Regulations, Alta Reg 197/1976.

Treaties (Chapter 5.1)

Multilateral example:

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, 9 May 1992, 1771 UNTS 107, art 1, 31 ILM 849 (entered into force 21 March 1994) [UNFCCC].

Bilateral example:

Treaty on Concord and Cooperation between Canada and the Russian Federation, 19 June 1992, Can TS 1993 No. 23 (entered into force 4 April 1993).

First Nations example (Chapter 5.1.8):

Treaty No. 7 between Her Majesty the Queen and the Blackfeet and Other Indian Tribes, at the Blackfoot Crossing of Bow River and Fort Macleod, 18 February 1878, online: <> [Treaty 7].

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