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The Canadian Legal Information Institute (CanLII; French: Institut canadien d'information juridique) is a non-profit organization created and funded by the Federation of Law Societies of Canada on behalf of its 14 member societies. CanLII is a member of the Free Access to Law Movement, which includes the primary stakeholders involved in free, open publication of law throughout the world.

PurposeLegal education
Parent organization
Federation of Law Societies of Canada,

CanLII offers free public access to over 2.4 million documents[1] across more than 300 case law and legislative databases.[2] It is used by lawyers, legal professionals and the general public, with usage averaging over 30,000 visits per day.[3] The case law database is reportedly growing at a rate of approximately 120,000 new cases each year, 20% of which are historic cases which are included to enrich existing databases.[4]

In April 2014, CanLII launched CanLII Connects, a legal community sourced publication and discussion platform for case law summaries and commentaries.[5][6]

In March 2018, CanLII launched a commentary program including law reviews, e-books, articles, public legal education materials, and reports.[7]


  1. ^ "CanLII - Search all CanLII Databases". Retrieved 2018-09-12.
  2. ^ "CanLII - Scope of CanLII's Databases". Retrieved 2018-09-12.
  3. ^ "CanLII's Top Ten Accessed Cases from 2018 – Slaw". Retrieved 2018-12-17.
  4. ^ "Un million de décisions..." 2012-02-21. Retrieved 2012-02-26.
  5. ^ "CanLII Connects!". National Magazine. Canadian Bar Association.
  6. ^ "CanLII Connects website connects accessible law to Canadians". Financial Post. Retrieved 10 October 2014.
  7. ^ "More commentary!". The CanLII Blog. 2018-04-20. Retrieved 2018-09-12.

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