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Research Publications

Research Publications Overview

The Library of Parliament offers a wide range of research publications that provide analysis to parliamentarians, parliamentary committees and parliamentary associations on current and emerging key issues, legislation and major public policy topics. The publications provide non-partisan, reliable and timely information on subjects that are relevant to parliamentary and constituency work.


Current Publications

Under Current Publications, you will find three types of research publications. HillNotes provide concise overviews of current and emerging issues of immediate interest to parliamentarians. Background Papers provide in-depth studies of policy issues, including historical background, current information and references. Many of these papers anticipate the emergence of the policy issues. You will also find In Briefs, short briefings on current issues that may refer the reader to more substantive sources published on the same topic.

Legislative Summaries

Legislative Summaries outline government bills, and private members’ bills that have been referred to committee for study, concerning major new initiatives or significant changes to existing legislation. They are generally not prepared for money bills (appropriation bills and borrowing-authority bills or measures relating to ways and means motions as part of the budgetary process) or emergency bills. Legislative Summaries explain the purpose and history of bills, analyze their key clauses, and, where available, include media reaction and comments from interest groups. They are updated as needed to reflect amendments made during the legislative process.

Trade and Investment Series

The Trade and Investment Activity publication series provides information on Canada’s trade and investment relationship with selected countries. Particular attention is paid to bilateral merchandise trade, trade in services and foreign investment

Parliamentary Budget Officer Publications

Publications from the Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO) provide independent, relevant and non-partisan financial and economic analyses to support parliamentarians in carrying out their constitutional role of scrutinizing the raising and spending of public monies. In operation since 2008, the PBO publishes about 30 reports in both official languages per year.

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