Law & Government

Library Databases

Our databases have lots of information from trusted sources. You’ll need your library card to log in.

British Columbia Codes
Provides access to the current BC Building Code (including Plumbing Services) and the BC Fire Code.

Vehicle Safety and Inspection Standards Online (In Library Use Only) This site provides current vehicle safety and inspection standards and related BC legislation.

Legal Resources at the Library

Clicklaw An Internet subject guide to authoritative legal resources in BC and Canada. Developed by the Legal Services Society of BC and now maintained by the BC Courthouse Library Society. No library card is required to access this resource on the Internet.

Clicklaw Wikibooks
This wiki has collaboratively developed, plain language legal publications that can be printed and/or downloaded for free to download to share with British Columbians who seek reliable, up-to-date information to address legal problems or learn about the law.

BC Laws
Free public access to the Statutes & Regulations of British Columbia

Multilingual Publications
The Legal Services Society translates many of its publications into languages other than English. To find multilingual publications on topics such as: legal aid, your legal rights, and family law issues

This organization provides applications & Forms (EI, Disability, etc.) and is a good resource for lower income individuals.

CanLII (Canadian Legal Information Institute)
The Canadian Legal Information Institute provides access to court judgments, tribunal decisions, and statutes and regulations from all Canadian jurisdictions.

Courthouse Libraries B.C.
Provides legal information resources and information services, both for members of the legal community and the public.

Provided by the Canadian Bar Association, this is a library of scripts prepared by lawyers on a variety of popular legal topics.

Family Law in B.C.
The website for FamilyLaw BC gives access to self-help guides with step-by-step instructions on topics such as how to file for a divorce and lots of fact sheets on other family law topics such as grandparents’ rights, custody, access, divorce, child support, etc.

JusticeBC provides general information on criminal and family law in British Columbia, including special sections addressing the particular needs of victims, witnesses, family members, accused etc., and many links to family law resources and services provided by government.

People’s Law School
The People’s Law School is a non-profit charitable society which has been providing public legal education and information to British Columbians since 1972. Services include support for unbundling legal help to meet your budget: Unbundled Legal Services.

Department of Justice Canada
Website for the Canadian government’s Justice Department, with Canadian laws, their programs and services, and much more.

Office of the Conflict of Interest
Office of the Conflict of Interest Commissioner’s Annual Reports

The Representative for Children and Youth – Legal Resources
Legal information resources designed to provide B.C. children, youth, and the people helping them with legal issues with information about relevant resources.


Government of Canada
Canada’s primary Internet site which provides information about Canada, the Government of Canada, and its programs and services.

Service BC
700 services provided by BC provincial agencies and federal government.

FrontCounter BC
Natural resource ministries and agencies.

Government of British Columbia
Access to over 50 government web sites, plus quick, top-of-the-line information directly on the page.

British Columbia Statistics
Statistics on population, business, the economy, labour and society. Access the full 2006 Census profiles or any item with a “key” icon beside it here. (Note: Remote access is permitted if your library can provide authentication)

Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada
The mandate of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission is to inform all Canadians about what happened in Indian Residential Schools . The full findings of the Commission were published on June 3, 2015.