Historical Information about Parliament

Explore Canada's parliamentary history

The Library of Parliament collects, preserves and provides access to information and data covering the history of the Parliament of Canada.

Picture of Agnes Macphail - Parlinfo


This online tool allows you to perform customized searches of the Library of Parliament’s extensive collection of historical data about the Parliament of Canada, its institutions and the people and events that have shaped it since 1867.

Spine of the Scrapbook Debates of the Parliament of Canada

The Scrapbook Debates of the Parliament of Canada

This unique collection, comprised of newspaper clippings pasted into scrapbooks by Library of Parliament staff from 1867 to 1871, has been placed on the Canada Memory of the World Register, managed by the Canadian Commission for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

Historical books on a shelf

Canadian Parliamentary Historical Resources

This online, searchable portal provides access to a growing collection of parliamentary documents. Currently, the portal contains all published Debates and Journals of both the Senate and the House of Commons from the first session of the first Parliament in 1867 until coverage became available online.

Confederation Inkstand, Library of Parliament Collection

Collection Spotlight

This page, which is updated regularly, highlights the Library of Parliament’s collection of rare books, art and artefacts.