Government & Legal Information

The Thunder Bay Public Library maintains a collection of government publications at the Brodie and Waverley Resource Libraries:

  • Statutes of Ontario
  • Statutes of Canada
  • Municipal publications
TBPL is a Selective Depository and houses Statutes and Regulations for both Canada and Ontario. Municipal publications are obtained as required and on the basis of public interest.

All Government of Canada publications published by the Publishing Program and publications provided by departments to the Depository Services Program have transitioned from traditional print to exclusively electronic publication.


Online Resources

For more Government websites, browse through a list of staff selected links:

Government of Canada

  • Budget Plan 2014
    Canada has returned to economic growth following the deepest global economic recession since the 1930s. The global recovery, however, remains fragile. Budget 2014 aims to contribute to this recovery and sustain Canada’s economic advantage now and for the future.

  • Canada Revenue Agency - NETFILE
    Millions of Canadians use NETFILE to send their tax returns over the Internet.  This site allows you to electronically file your 2008 personal income tax and benefit return.  You need an access code to use NETFILE.  Click on the NETFILE link, above, to obtain your access code on-line.

  • Government Publications
    Your reference to over 100,000 free and priced Government of Canada titles spanning two decades.

  • Parliamentary Website - Bills, Debates, Journals
    Parliamentary website provides you with up-to-date information on federal legislation.  It is an excellent site to learn how government works in Canada.

  • Service Canada Forms
    This collection of forms will allow you to take advantage of the many programs and services delivered by Service Canada and its partner departments.

Government of Ontario

  • Government of Ontario Forms Page
    Government of Ontario central forms site developed to provide you with Ontario Government forms available in various formats including HTML, PDF and Word.  Also includes forms that can be submitted online.

  • Legislative Assembly of Ontario
    Legislative Assembly of Ontario: containing a searchable directory of members of Provincial Parliament (MPPs) and information on bills, House votes and online transcripts of House debates (Hansard).

  • is a service of OurDigitalWorld. and the Ontario Legislative Library are partnering to make the Government Documents from the Legislative Library Collection available @your fingertips. Over 20,000 government documents are now searchable, with more documents being added on a monthly basis.


  • National Health Expenditure Trends 1975-2013
    This publication includes updated expenditure data by source of funds(sector) and use of funds (category) at the provincial/territorial level and for Canada. It also contains an overview with discussion on the trends of health care spending in Canada. International comparisons such as health spending to GDP ratio are included, as well as a comprehensive set of data and technical notes.

  • North By Numbers

  • SimplyAnalytics & InfoCanada
    These two databases are available for free public access via the Thunder Bay Public Library.

  • Statistics Canada
    Home of Statistics Canada, this website offers access to Canadian social and economic statistics and products.

  • Thunder Bay Community Profile
    The Thunder Bay Community Profile is a 300+ page publication featuring demographic, economic and cultural information for the City of Thunder Bay. Much of the information is taken from Statistics Canada census information. The Canadian census is undertaken once every five years.

Contact Us

For more information on accessing government information, please contact the Library:

  • Phone:
    Brodie: (807) 624-4200
    Waverley: (807) 684-6815         
  • By Email:
  • Just Ask Us online reference question submission form