Canadian Citation Formatting

Select a citation type below for instructions on how to format citations when searching the Lexis Advance Quicklaw service.

Note: You can also access the QuickCITE® option using the Advanced Search form. For more information, see Using the Advance Search Form.

Case Law

When searching for a case citation, it is not necessary to enter brackets, punctuation, capitalization or spaces in the search box. For example, to find [1997] O.J. No. 4806, you can enter any of the following:

  • 1997 OJ No. 4806
  • 1997 OJ No 4806
  • 1997 oj no 4806
  • 1997ojno4806
  • 1997oj4806

When entering case citations, however, consider these exceptions:

  • If the citation contains parentheses (i.e., round brackets), you may either insert a space before the first symbol and after the second symbol or replace each symbol with a space. So, to find the parallel citation 39 D.L.R (4th) 595, you can enter either 39dlr (4th) 595 or 39dlr 4th 595.
  • If the citation contains both a year and a volume/edition number, you must insert a space between the year and the volume number. For example, to find the citation [1992] 2 F.C. 544, you must enter 1992 2fc544.

Also keep in mind that the same abbreviations may apply to more than one reporter and that duplicate citations may therefore exist. For example, the "FC" abbreviation can stand for the Federal Court reports or the Federal Court neutral citation, and "BR" can stand for either the Canadian Banc de la reine/Banc du roi, or the American Bankruptcy Reporter source. Note that in this case, any "BR" citations with volumes between 1 and 71 are considered Canadian citations and will not display the U.S. cases. To find U.S. "BR" cases within this range, please search by another parallel citation or try a case name search in the appropriate source. "BR" citations with volumes 72 and greater are U.S. citations and, if the source is included in your subscription, will retrieve the U.S. case.

Legislation

You may find legislation documents in Lexis Advance Quicklaw by searching for the legislation citation. For best results, when searching by legislation citation, we recommend entering the abbreviated citation. Typically, punctuation is not required for statutes, but regulations typically do require punctuation. Also note the following:

  • To indicate chapter numbers, please use "c" as an abbreviation for "chapter". Do not use "ch", as Lexis Advance Quicklaw will interpret that to mean "chapter h".
  • To find an entire act, you can omit the section number at the end, and Lexis Advance Quicklaw will find all sections of the act.

The following examples illustrate these guidelines:

  • Federal
    • Statutes
      • RSC 1985 c C-46 s 288
      • LRC 1985 c C-46 art 288
      • SC 1991 c 46 s 288
      • LC 1991 c 46 art 288
      • RSC 1985 c 35 4th Supp s 6
      • LRC 1985 c 35 4e suppl art 6
    • Regulations
      • C.R.C., c. 870, s. B.08.034
  • Alberta
    • Statutes
      • RSA 2000 c B-9 s 288
      • SA 2001 c C-28.1 s 288
    • Regulations
      • Alta. Reg. 203/2005, s.10
      • Alta. Reg. 143/96, s. 2
  • British Columbia
    • Statutes
      • SBC 2002 c 57 s 288
      • RSBC 1996 c 250 s 288
    • Regulations
      • B.C. Reg. 291/96, s. 4
      • B.C. Reg. 244/2002, s. 11
  • Manitoba
    • Statutes
      • CCSM c C223 s 288
  • New Brunswick
    • Statutes
      • RSNB 1973 c I-12 s 288
      • LRNB 1973 c I-12 art 288
      • SNB 1992 c C-32.2 s 288
      • LNB 1992 c C-32.2 art 288
  • Ontario
    • Statutes
      • RSO 1990 c C.38 s 288
      • SO 1994 c 11 s 288
  • Quebec
    • Statutes
      • LQ 1991 c 64 art 288
      • SQ 1991 c 64 s 288
      • RSQ c B-1.1 s 288
      • LRQ c B-1.1 art 288
      • SQ 1992 c 57 s 288
      • LQ 1992 c 57 art 288

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