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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 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
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
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: Report of the Auditor General
Topic: Report of the Auditor General
Topic: Annual Report of the Department of Customs and Excise
Topic: Report of the Minister of Public Works
Topic: Public Accounts of Canada
Topic: Report of the Postmaster General
Continues "Annual Report of the Board of Civil Services Examiners".
Topic: Annual Report of the Civil Service Commission
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
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
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: Annual Report of the Department of Immigration and Colonization
Topic: Annual Report of the Department of Marine and Fisheries: Marine
Topic: Annual Report of the Department of the Interior
Topic: Report of the Board of Railway Commissioners for Canada
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
Topic: Annual Report of the Department of Railways and Canals
Topic: Annual Report of the Department of Public Printing and Stationery
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
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
Continues both "Summary Report of the Geological Survey Branch of the Department of Mines" and the "Summary Report of the Mines Branch".
Topic: Annual Report of the Department of Mines
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...
Reports after 1916 include "Report of the Hydrographic Survey".
Topic: Report of the Naval Service
Continues information from "Tables of the Trade and Navigation of Canada".
Topic: Shipping Report
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: Report of the Department of Health
Topic: Annual Report of the Minister of Agriculture
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
Topic: Annual Report of the Dominion Statistician
Topic: Annual Report of the Department of Labour
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
Topic: Annual Report of the Commissioner of Patents