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Ilustrated cover of the sheet music for "The Civil Service Galop", by R.H. Browne (1867). Listen: www.collections-canada.gc.ca/
The Public Service is made up of administrative bodies dedicated to specific federal programs, services, or policy areas. Each department is overseen by a Cabinet minister and operated by public servants. Various boards, standing commissions, councils, and agencies of the Canadian Government also are responsible for carrying out directives passed by legislation or order-in-Ccuncil. Library and Archives Canada collects and preserves the records of a vast number of active and defunct government institutions.
This list is an alphabetic roster of all of the Canadian portfolios that have been assigned to members of Parliament or the Senate since Confederation. After 1867, certain government offices of the British North American colonies were incorporated into new federal departments or continued to function at the national level; consequently, researchers should be aware that the fonds of a ministry may contain the records of its pre-Confederation predecessor.
The Library of Parliament has tabulated each ministry's evolution as well as the individuals appointed to manage that particular portfolio. Researchers can view these tables by going to the History of Departments page: www2.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Legacy/pages/DepHist.asp?
The following list is a sample of the Canadian agencies that are dedicated to carrying out mandated government functions. This can include boards, standing commissions, councils, and other offices providing government services.
Canadian Crown Corporations
The following list is a sample of the Canadian Crown corporations that are dedicated to carrying out mandated government functions.
As a national catalogue, AMICUS not only shows the published materials held at Library and Archives Canada but also those located in over 1300 libraries across Canada. AMICUS contains over 30 million records for books, magazines, newspapers, government documents, theses, sound recordings, maps, electronic texts, as well as items in braille and large print.
Using the Advanced Search option in AMICUS and selecting "Publication Type", you can limit your search to "Government publications – Federal/national" or "Government publications – State, prov., terr. etc." You can also narrow your search by language and date, as well as format. Specifying "Web documents" in the latter will limit the search to full-text electronic publications.
Here are some sample Subject Keyword searches:
Federal Publication Locator
The Federal Publication Locator Service provides you access to: bibliographic records of Canadian Federal Government Publications in the Library and Archives Canada Catalogue; Canadian Library Locations information for titles held in the Library and Archives Canada Catalogue; access to electronic Canadian Federal Government Publications.
ARCHIVED - Government of Canada Files
The database contains about 1.2 million descriptions of files created by departments and agencies of the Federal Government of Canada including over 50,000 digital images. These lists are useful for anyone interested in the federal government records held by Library and Archives Canada. Descriptions are written mainly in the language of the creator, with most descriptions in English.
Government of Canada Web Archive
Library and Archives Canada began to harvest the web domain of the Federal Government of Canada starting in December 2005. As resources permit, this harvesting activity will be undertaken on a semi-annual basis. The website data which is harvested is stored in the Government of Canada Web Archive (GC WA). Client access to the content of the GC WA is provided through searching by keyword, by department name, and by URL. It is also possible to search by specific format type, e.g. .pdf. At the time of its launch in Fall 2007, approximately 100 million digital objects (over 4 terabytes) of archived Federal Government website data was made accessible via the LAC website.
Indian Affairs Annual Reports, 1864-1990
A collection of Indian Affairs Annual Reports and other reports of the Indian Affairs portfolio for the years 1864 to 1990.
Aboriginal Documentary Heritage
This Web exhibition recounts first-hand information illustrating the complex and often contentious relationship between the Canadian government and Canada's Aboriginal people from the late 1700s to the mid-20th century.
Centenary of the Public Service Commission of Canada, 1908-2008
In 2008, the Public Service Commission celebrates 100 years of building a modern public service, dedicated to excellence. Read more
Canadian Government Information
Library and Archives Canada maintains this selective collection of Internet sources for governmental information. It includes links to Canadian government Web sites and key federal documents, as well as to official and non-official sites containing information on foreign governments and international organizations and their publications.
Public Opinion Research Reports
This website provides access to information about public opinion research contracted after August 1, 2006 for which the final reports have been submitted to Library and Archives Canada.
Records of the Department of Public Works (RG 11) (Thematic Guide)
This guide consists of strategies and advice for conducting research into the records of the Department of Public Works (RG 11).