National Laws 100% open


What data is expected?

This data category requires all national laws and statutes to be available online, although it is not a requirement that information on legislative behaviour e.g. voting records is available.

  • Content of the law / status
  • Date of last amendment
  • Amendments to the law (if applicable)

How open is the data?

All answers

Question Answer Comment
Openly licenced Yes
In an open and machine-readable format HTML, XML I had to add XML
Downloadable at once Yes It is downloadable in pdf.
Up-to-date Yes
Publicly available Yes
Available free of charge Yes
findable 4
findable_steps It's the first result for a Google search with the terms: laws canada
Collected by government Yes
usability 3 Switched to 3 because it is not hard to access the data at all. All xml files are machine-readable. all acts are presented in XML files
collector_name Department of Justice Canada
characteristics Content of the law / status, Date of last amendment, Amendments to the law (if applicable)
location -
The information is provided as HTML, therefore a machine cannot extract the semantics of the information without significant effort. Other jurisdictions publish this information as XML and clearly identify semantic elements like the title, dates, headers, sections, clauses, etc.

I had to make some changes: B7: Laws are in the public domain B8: Laws are found in the html and xml files not just html. They are also found in pdf format. B9: I had to switch from 1 to 3 because it's not hard to navigate and access the data.

Meta data

Data location
Data licence
Data format   HTML, XML
Reviewer   Michael Beatty
Submitters   James McKinney
Last modified   Mon Jan 16 2017 16:24:05 GMT+0000 (UTC)