A. One Author or EditorB. Two Authors or EditorsC. Three to Five Authors or EditorsD. Chapter in an Edited Book or TextbookE. Entry in a dictionary or encyclopediaF. No AuthorG. E-BookH. Edition other than the FirstI. TranslationJ. Government Publication
A. Journal Article with One AuthorB. Journal Article with Two AuthorsC. Journal Article with 3 - 6 AuthorsD. Journal Article with more than 7 authorsE. Magazine ArticleF. Newspaper ArticleG. Article from a DatabaseH. Google Scholar
A. Basic Web PageB. University / College WebpageC. No AuthorD. Blog postE. Online Reference EntryF. Online Government DocumentG. Document from a WebsiteH. Wikis
A. Motion PictureB. YouTube VideoC. Podcast
A. Electronic ImageB. FiguresC. Photographs and Maps
A. InterviewB. EmailC. Religious and Classical WorksD. Secondary SourcesE. Lectures / Course MaterialsF. Archival WorksG. Tweets & FacebookH. Personal Communication
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Ask for help!

Citing Canadian government sources is particularly challenging. 

Get help!

Come to the Reference Desk in the library where staff will be happy to help! 

You can also email the reference desk.


Government Documents

The American Psychological Association Publication Manual, 6th edition, does not cover Canadian government publications.

It does include some examples from American government sources ( pp. 205-206 and 216-224).

The following examples are the Library staff's, as well as academic librarians at various Canadian colleges and universities, interpretations of APA for Canadian Government material.


Federal Government

Example 1

Canada. Department of Finance. (2012). Economic and fiscal implications of Canada’s aging population. (Catalogue no. F2-217/2012E-PDF).  Retrieved from: http://publications.gc.ca/collections/collection_2013/fin/F2-217-2012-eng.pdf 

In Text

(Canada. Department of Finance, 2012)

Example 2

Health Canada. (2012). The nutrition facts table. Retrieved from: http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/fn-an/label-etiquet/nutrition/cons/index-eng.php

In Text

(Health Canada, 2012)


Government Documents - Basic Format (Print)

Corporate Author. (Year of Publication). Title of document: Subtitle of

        document. (Report No. if Provided).  Place of publication: Department.


Stats Canada

Statistics Canada authors, editors, researchers, academics, and librarians have developed specific formats for citing Statistic Canada products and materials.  This is a process of  three steps.  To locate Statistics Canada and other agency statistics and data, refer to the Library Statistics and Data Guide.

Refer to the Citing Statistics and Data tab on that guide for additional information.

Example (Print)

Statistics Canada. Social and Aboriginal Statistics Division. (2006). Women in

      Canada, 2005: A gender-based statistical report. (Catalogue no.

      89-503-XIE).  Ottawa, ON: Statistics Canada.

In Text

(Statistics Canada, 2006)

Example (Online)

Statistics Canada. (2006). Canada’s ethnocultural mosaic, 2006 census: Findings.

      (Catalogue no. 97-562-XWE2006001).  Retrieved from:



In Text

(Statistics Canada, 2006)


British Columbia

Example 1

 British Columbia. Ministry of Healthy Living and Sport. Office of the

       Provincial Health Officer. (2007). Pathways to health and healing:

       2nd report on the health and well-being of aboriginal people in British

       Columbia. Provincial health officer’s annual report 2007. Retrieved from


In Text

(British Columbia. Ministry of Healthy Living and Sport, 2007)


Example 2

British Columbia Centre for Disease Control. (2005). British

        Columbia pandemic influenza preparedness plan: Guidelines for

         planning, response and recovery. Retrieved from



In Text

(British Columbia Centre for Disease Control, 2005)


Learn More

The Online Writing Lab at Purdue University offers an online resource which can be used in some cases.  However, it does not include everything required for citing sources in one place.

The APA citation style does not cover Canadian government sources, and has only a limited section on American government resources.

Please refer to the staff at the Library Reference Desk for clarification when citing Canadian government sources.


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