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This template is used to cite cases decided by the courts of Canada available in the Canadian Legal Information Institute (CanLII) database. You should look up the case you wish to cite on CanLII, then refer to the URL of the web page on which the case appears to fill in the information required by the template.


{{cite CanLII
|litigants    = 
|link         = 
|year         = 
|court        = 
|num          = 
|format       = 
|pinpoint     = 
|parallelcite = 
|date         = 
|courtname    = 
|juris        = 

("court" can be replaced with "source")


{{cite CanLII|litigants=|link=|year=|court=|num=|format=|pinpoint=|parallelcite=|date=|courtname=|juris=}}
{{cite CanLII|litigants=|link=|year=|source=|num=|format=|pinpoint=|parallelcite=|date=|courtname=|juris=}}


{{cite CanLII|litigants=|link=|[year]|court=|[num]|format=|pinpoint=|parallelcite=|date=|courtname=|juris=}}
{{cite CanLII|litigants=|link=|[year]|source=|[num]|format=|pinpoint=|parallelcite=|date=|courtname=|juris=}}


All parameters are optional unless otherwise specified.

Parameter Description
Case name
litigants The names of the litigants separated with v or v. for versus (in other words, the case name), like this: "R. v. Oakes".
link The name of a Wikipedia article about the case, for example: "R. v. Oakes". This will be linked to the names of the litigants specified using the |litigants= parameter.
CanLII link:[en or fr]/[country]/[court]/doc/[year]/[year][court][num]/[year][court][num].html
year Mandatory: the year of the decision. Alternatively, you can omit the parameter name |year= and type the year of the decision as the first unnamed parameter after the template name (see the examples below).
Mandatory in some cases: the code indicating the court which issued the decision, as follows:
Federal courts Nova Scotia
Alberta Nunavut
British Columbia Ontario
Manitoba Prince Edward Island
New Brunswick Quebec
Newfoundland and Labrador Saskatchewan
Northwest Territories Yukon Territory

For decisions with a neutral citation in the form "1986 CanLII 46" (the URL will be in the form ""), you must also add the |format= parameter like this: "format=canlii".

The |court= or |source= parameter may be omitted if the court code is "scc".

The template currently only handles cases decided by the above courts. Please update the template if you wish to include additional courts, or leave a message on the talk page if you need help with this.

num Mandatory: the case number. Alternatively, you can omit the parameter name |num= and type the case number as the second unnamed parameter after the template name (see the examples below).
format Mandatory in the following cases:
Other information
pinpoint The page or paragraph number at which information or a quotation you are referring to appears, like this: "528", "p. 528" or "para. 25". When referring to a range of pages or paragraph numbers, separate the starting and ending numbers with an en dash like this: "528–530".
date The date that the case was decided. You may enter the date in any format accepted by the template {{date}}, such as "9 October 1998" or "1998-10-09". It will appear in a day-month-year format.
parallelcite Parallel citations to the case. Separate the citations with commas, like this: "[2006] 1 S.C.R. 256, 264 D.L.R. (4th) 577".
courtname The court that decided the case. The name of the court can be wikilinked, like this: "[[Supreme Court of Canada|S.C.]]".

To have the template automatically indicate the court and jurisdiction of a case, type "courtname=auto".

juris The jurisdiction that decided the case, such as "Canada". It is unnecessary to use this parameter if you are already using "courtname=auto".


Wikitext Result
{{cite CanLII|litigants=R. v. Oakes|link=R. v. Oakes|court=scc|year=1986|num=46|format=canlii|parallelcite=[1986] 1 S.C.R. 103|courtname=auto}}


{{cite CanLII|litigants=R. v. Oakes|link=R. v. Oakes|1986|46|format=canlii|parallelcite=[1986] 1 S.C.R. 103|courtname=auto}}

R. v. Oakes 1986 CanLII 46, [1986] 1 S.C.R. 103, Supreme Court (Canada)
{{cite CanLII|court=scc|year=1986|num=46|format=canlii}} 1986 CanLII 46
{{cite CanLII|litigants=Multani v. Marguerite-Bourgeoys (Commission scolaire)|link=Multani v. Commission scolaire Marguerite‑Bourgeoys|court=scc|year=2006|num=6|parallelcite=[2006] 1 S.C.R. 256|courtname=S.C.}}


{{cite CanLII|litigants=Multani v. Marguerite-Bourgeoys (Commission scolaire)|link=Multani v. Commission scolaire Marguerite‑Bourgeoys|2006|6|parallelcite=[2006] 1 S.C.R. 256|courtname=S.C.}}

Multani v. Marguerite-Bourgeoys (Commission scolaire) 2006 SCC 6, [2006] 1 S.C.R. 256, S.C.
{{cite CanLII|litigants=United Steelworkers v. Morneau Sobeco Limited Partnership et al.|court=scc-l|year=2012|num=1643|format=canlii|date=2012-01-19|courtname=auto}} United Steelworkers v. Morneau Sobeco Limited Partnership et al. 2012 CanLII 1643 (19 January 2012), Supreme Court (Canada)
{{cite CanLII|litigants=Yee v. Canada (Citizenship and Immigration)|court=fct|year=2003|num=817|format=1|courtname=auto}}
  • In this older Federal Court case, the letters "fct" appear twice towards the end of the URL. Thus, |format=1 must be used.
Yee v. Canada (Citizenship and Immigration) 2003 FCT 817, Federal Court (Canada)
{{cite CanLII|litigants=BMG Canada Inc. v. John Doe|link=BMG Canada Inc. v. John Doe|court=fct|year=2004|num=488|parallelcite=239 D.L.R. (4th) 726|courtname=auto}}
  • In this more recent Federal Court case, the letters "fc" (instead of "fct") appear twice towards the end of the URL. It is unnecessary to use |format=1.
BMG Canada Inc. v. John Doe 2004 FC 488, 239 D.L.R. (4th) 726, Federal Court (Canada)
{{cite CanLII|litigants=GlaxoSmithKline Inc. v. Canada|court=fca|year=2010|num=201|courtname=auto}} GlaxoSmithKline Inc. v. Canada 2010 FCA 201, Federal Court of Appeal (Canada)
{{cite CanLII|litigants=GlaxoSmithKline Inc. v. The Queen|court=tcc|year=2008|num=324|courtname=auto}} GlaxoSmithKline Inc. v. The Queen 2008 TCC 324, Tax Court (Canada)

See alsoEdit

Canadian law citation templatesEdit

Legal Information Institute citation templatesEdit