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Sessional Papers of Canada Collection

The Sessional Papers of the Dominion of Canada--

Sessional Papers are reports and papers which have been tabled in the House of Commons (and sometimes the Senate) and deposited with the Clerk. These papers include annual reports of government departments and boards, the Estimates, the Public Accounts, and the reports of the Royal Commissions.

Material for this collection has been provided by Robarts Library, University of Toronto; Toronto Public Library: Research and Reference Libraries; Brian Dickson Law Library, University of Ottawa; and the Library of Parliament.

The Sessional Papers are available in both English and French.


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Many Sessional Papers were not printed, check the table of contents of each volume for details
Many Sessional Papers were not printed, check the table of contents of each volume for details
Many Sessional Papers were not printed, check the table of contents of each volume for details
Many Sessional Papers were not printed, check the table of contents of each volume for details
Many Sessional Papers were not printed, check the table of contents of each volume for details
Many Sessional Papers were not printed, check the table of contents of each volume for details
Many Sessional Papers were not printed, check the table of contents of each volume for details
Many Sessional Papers were not printed, check the table of contents of each volume for details Please refer to the link below for a better image of oversize materials (eg. maps, drawings, tables, charts) in .tiff format: Foldout
Many Sessional Papers were not printed, check the table of contents of each volume for details
Many Sessional Papers were not printed, check the table of contents of each volume for details
Many Sessional Papers were not printed, check the table of contents of each volume for details
Many Sessional Papers were not printed, check the table of contents of each volume for details
Many Sessional Papers were not printed, check the table of contents of each volume for details Please refer to the link below for a better image of oversize materials (eg. maps, drawings, tables, charts) in .tiff format: Foldout
Topic: Report of the Auditor General
Topic: Report of the Auditor General
Many Sessional Papers were not printed, check the table of contents of each volume for details
Sometimes called "List of Vessels on the Registry Books"
Topic: List of Shipping
Many Sessional Papers were not printed, check the table of contents of each volume for details Please refer to the link below for a better image of oversize materials (eg. maps, drawings, tables, charts) in .tiff format: Foldout
Prior to 1920, this report was issued by the Clerk of the Crown in Chancery. After 1920, it was issued by the Chief Electoral Office. Included in the "Report of the Chief Electoral Officer" from 1925-
Topic: General Elections
Continues "Annual Report of the Board of Civil Services Examiners".
Topic: Annual Report of the Civil Service Commission
Topic: Report of the Postmaster General
Continues "Annual Report of the Department of Customs" and "Annual Report of the Inland Revenues of Canada. Excise, etc.".
Topic: Annual Report of the Department of Customs and Inland Revenue
The report for 1907 also covers the first 3 months of 1908. The report for 1913 has a misprint error where pg. 209-240 is a reprint of sessional paper 28.
Topic: Report of the Secretary of State
Topic: Abstract of Statements of Insurance Companies
Topic: Report of the Auditor General
From 1907 - 1919, this report was titled "Report of the Department of Indian Affairs." The 1902 report includes a supplemental report "Schedule of Indian Reserves in the Dominion. Supplement to Annual Report of the Department of Indian Affairs, 1902" published separately but included in this serial record.
Topic: Annual Report of the Department of Indian Affairs
Printed first in Sessional Papers, but not printed in Sessional Papers in subsequent years of operation.
Topic: Annual Report of the Board of Directors of Canadian Government Merchant Marine Limited
The reporting year changes in 1919 from year ending in June to year ending in December, so there is a double report in 1919 to account for the shift.
Topic: Railway Statistics
Topic: Report of the Auditor General
Topic: Annual Report of the Department of Railways and Canals
This report was preceded by "Annual Report of the Department of Trade and Commerce--Subsidized Steamship Service" from 1908-1916. See also "Annual Report of the Department of Trade and Commerce"
Topic: Report relating to Mail Subsidies and Steamship Subventions as controlled by the Department of...
Topic: Report of the Work of the Department of Soldiers' Civil Re-establishment
From 1900 - 1903, this report was titled "Report of the North-West Mounted Police;" From 1904 - 1919, it was titled "Report of the Royal Northwest Mounted Police." From 1920 - 1924, it was titled "Report of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police." In 1906, a supplementary report titled "Supplementary Report of the Royal North-west Mounted Police. Mackenzie River District" was also produced, and is included in this serial record.
Topic: Report of the Royal Northwest Mounted Police
Topic: Annual Report of the Department of Immigration and Colonization
Topic: Annual Report of the Department of the Interior
From 1906-1919 this report was titled "Report of the Militia Council for the Dominion of Canada." This report was preceded by "Report on the State of the Militia of the Province" from 1856-1867. From 1924 -1932, it was continued by the Department of National Defense as the "Report of the Militia and Air Services" and the "Report of the Department of National Defense" from 1933 -.
Topic: Report of the Department of Militia and Defense of Canada
Topic: Annual Report of the Department of Public Printing and Stationery
Topic: Annual Report of the Department of Marine and Fisheries: Marine
Link goes to Constitutional Documents relating to Canada 1759-1791 Part 1 and 2? No annual report?
Link goes to Constitutional Documents relating to Canada 1759-1791 Part 1 and 2? No annual report?
Continues "Report of the Surveyor General of Dominion Lands".
Topic: Annual Report of the Topographical Surveys Branch
Continues "Section of Mines: Annual Report" produced by the Geological Survey Branch in 1904 and 1905. Continued by "Annual Report of the Department of Mines" from 1921-1924.
Topic: Summary Report of the Mines Branch
Topic: Census of Industry
Topic: Report of the Board of Railway Commissioners for Canada
Continues the trade statistics portion of the "Annual Report of the Department of Trade and Commerce".
Topic: Annual Report of the Trade of Canada
Topic: Public Accounts of Canada
Prior to 1907, this information was published as a part of the "Annual Reports of the Department of Marine and Fisheries." Title varies widely between front page, first page title and title listed in introductory letter. From 1907-1912, this title was also known as "Report of the Chairman of the Board of Steamboat Inspection."
Topic: Steamboat Inspection Report
Reports after 1916 include "Report of the Hydrographic Survey".
Topic: Report of the Naval Service
Topic: Annual Report of the Department of Labour
Only 1 annual report was published in the Sessional Papers (misprint on the cover page - printed: "For the Year ended 31 st December, 1920"; actual report covers 1919).
Topic: Annual Report of the Board of Directors of Canadian Northern Railway System
Topic: Estimates
Reports of the Fisheries Branch covering 1915-1919 were printed under the authority of the Department of the Naval Service and titled "Annual Report of the Fisheries Branch of the Department of the Naval Service.". Report covering 1920 is listed as Department of Naval Service in the Sessional Papers table of contents, but the title page of the paper attributes report to the Department of Marine and Fisheries.
Topic: Annual Report of the Department of Marine and Fisheries: Fisheries
Topic: Report of the Minister of Public Works
From 1900-1911, published as an appendix to the "Report of the Minister of Agriculture." From 1912-1916 published as an appendix to the "Report of the Minister of Trade and Commerce.'
Topic: Criminal Statistics
Many annual reports were published as several different papers. Trade statistics are continued by "Annual Report of the Trade of Canada" for report covering 1917 onwards. See also: Annual Report of the Department of Trade and Commerce--Trade of Foreign Countries and Treaties and Conventions; Annual Report of the Department of Trade and Commerce--Subsidized Steamship Service; Annual Report of the Department of Trade and Commerce--Grain Statistics; Annual Report of the Department of...
Topic: Annual Report of the Department of Trade and Commerce
Continues information from "Tables of the Trade and Navigation of Canada".
Topic: Shipping Report
Topic: Annual Report of the Dominion Statistician
Please note that the report covering the year ending in March 31, 1910 is published twice in two different volumes of the Sessional Papers, but are the same report. First report was titled "Annual Report of the Department of External Affairs" in 1910 but name was changed following first report. (NOTE it doesn't appear this way in print??)
Topic: Report of the Secretary of State for External Affairs
Topic: Annual Report of the Minister of Agriculture
Topic: Estimates
Until 1919 this report was produced by the Department of Railways and Canals. Prior to 1904, this report was included the departmental annual report. From 1920 on, this report was produced by the Dominion Bureau of Statistics.
Topic: Canal Statistics
From 1870-1875, this report was titled "Report of the Director of Penitentiaries." From 1876-1920, it was titled "Report of the Minister of Justice as to penitentiaries in Canada," and from 1921-1924 it was titled "Report of the the Superintendent of Penitentiaries."
Topic: Report of the Minister of Justice as to Penitentiaries of Canada
Continues Part II of "Report, Returns and Statistics of the Inland Revenues of the Dominion of Canada" produced by the Inland Revenue Department.
Topic: Annual Report of the Weights and Measures, Electricity and Gas Inspection Services