Use the tabs below to find online resources about Canada from governmental and nongovernmental sources. Most of these sources are freely available to the public, but titles followed by a CU symbol are only accessible on campus or via VPN.
- Country Profiles
- Official Government
- Articles and Databases
- Diplomacy and Aid
- Military and Peacekeeping
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- Related Guides
Country profile, economic and trade information, and foreign relations from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
BBC News Country Profile: Canada
A guide to history, politics and economic background of countries from BBC News.
CIA World Factbook - Canada
Country profile provides information on country background, geography, people, government, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues.
FAO and Canada
Information on economic and agricultural issues from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). It also has a good selection of maps.
Human Development Report on Canada
Provides quick statistics on human development, economy, labor force, and population from the United Nations Development Programme.
IAEA - Canada
Country factsheet on multilateral and safeguard agreements from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
IEA - Canada
Country information, energy-related statistics, graphs and publications from the International Energy Agency (IEA).
ITC - Canada
Country-specific trade and market profiles, map, and trade statistics from the International Trade Centre (ITC).
OECD - Canada
Country information, statistics, publications, and news from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
OHCHR - Canada
Country background, treaties, reporting status, calendar of events and publications related to human rights from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner on Human Rights (OHCHR).
UNdata Country Profile - Canada
Provides summary, economic, social, and environmental statistics from the United Nations Statistics Division.
UNESCO Worldwide - Canada
Highlights cooperation between the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and its Member States.
- UNESCO Communication & Information - Canada
Country profile, news and links to related projects and web sites.
- UNESCO Institute for Statistics - Canada
A selection of national statistics on education, literacy, science and technology, culture, and communication.
- UNESCO World Heritage - Canada
Cultural and natural heritage properties and documents on the World Heritage List.
Country profile covering history, politics, economy, human rights, relations with the UK, and travel.
United Nations Statistics Division: Environment Snapshot - Canada
Country snapshots offer national environment statistics.
U.S. Commercial Service - Canada
Country profile about doing business abroad by the Commercial Service, the global business solutions unit of the Department of Commerce.
U.S. Department of Energy - Canada
Country analysis report from the Energy Information Administration on production and consumption of energy resources.
U.S. Department of State - Background Note: Canada
This resource provides background information on issues such as the economy, history, politics, and foreign relations. The State Department also provides access to annual reports on human rights and terrorism.
This is a portal to information on and from the Canadian government.
Canada Border Services Agency
examination of Canada's evolution from four provinces to the present incarnation.
Department of Justice
Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade
Departments and Agencies Directory
Federal Court of Canada
Federal Court of Appeal of Canada
Info Source Publications
This is a series of publications that provide assistance in finding information from the Canadian Government.
Library and Archives of Canada
Parliament of Canada
Provinces and Territories
Queen of Canada (Queen Elizabeth): Constitutional Monarch
Supreme Court of Canada
International Area Studies General CU
Collection of general databases from the University of Colorado covering international issues.
- International Area Studies Statistics CU
Collection of international statistics databases from the University of Colorado.
Declassified information available from the FOIA Electronic Reading Room. Enter "Canada" as the search term.
- National Intelligence Council (NIC) Declassified Documents
Database of intelligence reports, National Intelligence Estimates, and other publications produced by the National Intelligence Council or its predecessor organizations, the Office of National Estimates and the Office of Reports and Estimates since 1946.
The Congressional Research Service (CRS), the research arm of Congress, prepares reports (usually 20-40 pages long) on topics of interest to members of Congress. Enter "Canada" as the search term.
Declassified Documents Reference System CU
Search this database to find declassified documents related to Canada.
Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC)
Department of Defense Scientific and Technical Reports Collection provides access to citations to unclassified unlimited documents that have been entered into DTIC's Technical Reports (TR) Database, as well as the electronic full-text of many of these documents.
Digital National Security Archive CU
Database of primary declassified documents regarding critical U.S. policy decisions. Enter "Canada" as the search terms.
Facts on International Relations and Security Trends (FIRST)
An integrated database containing information on armed conflicts and peace keeping, arms production and trade, military expenditure, armed forces and weapons.
Global Legal Information Network (GLIN)
"Public database of official texts of laws, regulations, judicial decisions, and other complementary legal sources contributed by governmental agencies and international organizations."
Human Rights Watch - Canada
News and reports related to human rights.
LexisNexis Academic Country & Region Reports CU
News, country briefings, and country risk guides. Filter by country or choose "Country & Region Reports" from publication type.
Library and Archives Canada Electronic Collection
Contains Canadian web sites, books, and periodicals published online by both the commercial sector and the Canadian government. Includes more than 30,000 titles and more than 75,000 serial publications that can be searched by several categories including full text.
Regional Core Health Data Initiative Table Generator System from the Pan American Health Organization, a regional office of the World Health Organization. Provides national health statistics and other data on the health situation in the Caribbean and North, Central, and South American countries.
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's (OECD) online collection of statistical databases, books and periodicals.
UNdata provides a single entry point allowing users to search and download numerous statistical resources of the United Nations System.
U.S. Census Bureau Foreign Trade Statistics - Canada
U.S. trade in goods (imports, exports and balance) with Canada.
Contains data from the World Bank, including the World Development Indicators & Global Development Finance, Gender Statistics, Education Statistics, Health Nutrition and Population Statistics, African Development Indicators, Global Economic Monitor, and Millennium Development Goals. Users can select variables (some going as far back as 1960) to create customized tables, charts, maps, and reports.
Worldwide Incidents Tracking System (WITS)
WITS is the National Counterterrorism Center's database of terrorist incidents.
"The Commonwealth is an association of 53 independent states consulting and co-operating in the common interests of their peoples and in the promotion of international understanding and world peace. The Commonwealth's 2 billion citizens, about 30 per cent of the world's population, are drawn from the broadest range of faiths, races, cultures and traditions."
Delegation of the European Commission to Canada
The Delegations of the External Service serve European Union interests throughout the world.
Embassy of Canada in Washington, DC
Diplomatic representation of Canada in the United States.
Embassy of the United States in Ottawa, Canada
Diplomatic representation of the U.S. in Canada.
EU's Relations with Canada
Overview, country strategy, agreements, and documents on the European Union's relations with Canada.
Group of Eight (G-8) Information Centre
The G8 is an international forum for the governments of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Group of Twenty (G-20)
The G-20 is a group of 19 of the world's largest economies and the European Union. The G-20 is an informal forum that promotes open and constructive discussion between industrial and emerging-market countries on key issues related to global economic stability.
IMF - Canada
Country information, reports and publications from the International Monetary Fund.
"The NAFTA Secretariat, comprised of the Canadian, U.S. and Mexican Sections, is an unique organization, established by the Free Trade Commission, pursuant to Article 2002, Chapter 20 of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). It is responsible for the administration of the dispute settlement provisions of the Agreement."
NATO and Canada
Canada is a member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO), an alliance of 26 countries from North America and Europe committed to fulfilling the North Atlantic Treaty signed on April 4, 1949.
Permanent Mission of Canada to the Organization of American States
"The OAS brings together the nations of the Western Hemisphere to strengthen cooperation on democratic values, defend common interests and debate the major issues facing the region and the world. The OAS is the region's principal multilateral forum for strengthening democracy, promoting human rights, and confronting shared problems such as poverty, terrorism, illegal drugs and corruption."
Permanent Mission of Canada to the United Nations
Web site of member state missions and their representatives to the United Nations.
ReliefWeb - Canada
ReliefWeb, administered by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), provides news, documents, maps, and background information on emergency assistance by country.
News, operations, statistics, background, analysis and policy, and maps from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Select Canada from the "Browse by country" drop-down menu on the right.
United Nations Development Programme Partner - Canada
UNDP helps countries work toward human rights, democratic governance, poverty reduction, crisis prevention and recovery, energy and environment for sustainable development, and HIV/AIDS prevention.
United Nations Division for Sustainable Development - Canada
Economic, social and environmental policies and plans for sustainable development from the UN Department Economic and Social Affairs.
U.S. Department of State - Canada
U.S.-Canadian relations, diplomacy, and country background notes.
- Background Note - Canada
Provides country background and foreign policy information for the American public from the Department of State's Bureau of Public Affairs.
World Bank data, projects, and research.
World Trade Organization - Canada
Provides key information on trade statistics, WTO commitments, disputes, trade policy reviews, and notifications for member countries.
Country situation analysis and news from the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS.
WHO (World Health Organization)
- World Health Organization - Canada Information and statistics on the status of public health in Canada.
Official site of the Pan American Health Organization, a regional office of the World Health Organization.
- Country Health Profile - Canada
Information, health situation analysis, and statistics about countries in the Americas.
Country-by-country listing provides information on Political-Military-administered security assistance funds from the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs.
International Court of Justice (ICJ)
ICJ is the principal judicial organ of the United Nations. ICJ "has a twofold role: to settle, in accordance with international law, legal disputes submitted to it by States (Contentious cases ) and to give advisory opinions (Advisory proceedings) on legal questions referred to it by duly authorized United Nations organs and specialized agencies."
Try these searches to see some of the resources in Chinook, the library catalog:
|Electronic Resources||Print and Electronic Resources|
|canada and econom*||canada and econom*|
|canada and histor*||canada and histor*|
|canada and politic*||canada and politic*|
(government publications only)
|canada (government publications only)|
The * replaces up to five characters in a word.
For additional foreign information, arranged by subject, see the Subject Page.