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APA Citation Style Guide (6th ed.): Government Documents

Government Documents

The APA Publication Manual, 6th edition does not cover Canadian government publications.  It does include some examples from American government sources ( pp. 205-206 and 216-224).  The following examples are the Douglas College Library's interpretations of APA for Canadian Government material.

Begin with the government body issuing the document.  If the name of the country/province forms part of the government body name, the country or province at the beginning may be omitted.

Government Documents - Basic Format (Print)

Corporate Author. (Year of Publication). Title of document: Subtitle of

document. (Report No. if Provided).  Place of publication: Department.

Statistics Canada - Print

Statistics Canada. Social and Aboriginal Statistics Division. (2006). Women in

Canada, 2005: A gender-based statistical report. (Catalogue no.

89-503-XIE).  Ottawa, ON: Statistics Canada.

In Text

(Statistics Canada, 2006)

Statistics Canada - Online

Statistics Canada. (2006). Canada’s ethnocultural mosaic, 2006 census:

Findings. (Catalogue no. 97-562-XWE2006001).  Retrieved from


In Text

(Statistics Canada, 2006)

Statistics Canada - CANSIM

Statistics Canada. (2011). CANSIM Table 111-0012, family characteristics, by

family type, age of older adult, and family income. Retrieved from

In Text

(Statistics Canada, 2011)

Government Documents - The Daily

Statistics Canada. (2008, May 13). Canada's immigrant labour market, 2007.

The Daily. Retrieved from

In Text

(Statistics Canada, 2008)

Report by an Individual Author - Print

Coote, D. R., & Gregorich, L. R. (2000). The health of our water: Toward

sustainable agriculture in Canada (Catalogue no. A15-2020/2000E).

Ottawa, ON: Research Branch, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. 

In Text

(Coote and Gregorich, 2000)

Report by an Individual Author - Online

Plant, P. G. (2007). Access and excellence: The campus 2020 plan for British

Columbia’s post-secondary education system (Report No.

C2007-960088-3). Retrieved from the British Columbia Ministry of

Advanced Education and Labour Market Development website:


In Text

(Plant, 2007)

For reports retrieved online, identify the publisher as part of the retrieval statement unless the publisher has been identified as the author: Retrieved from Agency name website:  (Publication manual, 2010, p. 205)


Canada. Department of Finance. (2012). Economic and fiscal implications

of Canada’s aging population. (Catalogue no. F2-217/2012E-PDF). 

Retrieved from


In Text

(Canada. Department of Finance, 2012)


Health Canada. (2012). The nutrition facts table. Retrieved from


In Text

(Health Canada, 2012)

British Columbia

British Columbia. Ministry of Healthy Living and Sport. Office of the

Provincial Health Officer. (2007). Pathways to health and healing:

2nd report on the health and well-being of aboriginal people in British

Columbia. Provincial health officer’s annual report 2007. Retrieved from

In Text

(British Columbia. Ministry of Healthy Living and Sport, 2007)

British Columbia

British Columbia Centre for Disease Control. (2005). British

Columbia pandemic influenza preparedness plan: Guidelines for

planning, response and recovery. Retrieved from

In Text

(British Columbia Centre for Disease Control, 2005)


Coquitlam. Planning and Development Department. (2013). Citywide official

community plan. Retrieved from


In Text

(Coquitlam. Planning and Development Department, 2013)

Parliamentary Document

Canada. Parliament. House of Commons. Standing Committee on Finance.

(2011). Tax Incentives for Charitable Giving in Canada. Report of the

Standing Committee on Finance, 41st Parliament, 1st Session. Retrieved



In Text

(Canada. Parliament, 2011)

Debates (Hansard)

Barnett, D. (2013, Mar. 6).  “Volunteer firefighters in Cariboo area.” British

Columbia. Legislative Assembly. Debates of the Legislative Assembly

(Hansard). 39th Parliament, 5th Session. Retrieved from

In Text

(Barnett, 2013)