Orders in Council Database

Orders in Council Division

What's Available

The Orders in Council online database makes it easy for you to search for Orders in Council (OICs) made from 1990 to the present. The Orders in Council Division provides certified to be true copies of Orders in Councils (OICs) to the responsible Minister and Deputy Minister or agency head as soon as possible following their approval. For transparency, OICs are publicly available on the third working day after approval by the Governor General, but in exceptional circumstances, OICs may be posted on the web prior to the third working day if requested by the responsible Minister. Of note, certain Acts (namely the Statutory Instruments Act, the Access to Information Act, the Privacy Act and the Investment Canada Act) contain provisions which prohibit the release of OICs pertaining to national security or military operations or those containing personal or commercially-sensitive information.

How to Search

You can search the database with any one of these variables:

  • Privy Council (P.C.) Number
  • From Date/To Date
  • Keywords
  • Department
  • Act
  • Chapter Number
  • Bill Number
  • Coming into Force

You can access the 'full text' of OICs approved after November 1, 2002 by using the 'attachments' link (in HTML format).

Each search will provide you with the document's:

  • Privy Council (P.C.) Number
  • Registration number (Part II, Canada Gazette)
  • Publication date (Canada Gazette, part II)
  • Legislative Authority
  • Sponsoring department
  • A brief description

For more information on searching the OIC database, visit our Help page.

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How to Obtain Certified Copies

If you are looking for:

  • Certified Copies of OICs
    • Made within the last 5 years – contact us directly at the Orders in Council Division
    • Made 5 years ago or longer – contact the Library and Archives Canada Reference Centre by:
      • Telephone: (613) 996-5115
      • Toll free: 1-866-578-7777 (Canada and United States)
      • Fax: (613) 995-6274
      • Visiting their website

How to Find Historical OICs

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The Orders in Council available through this website should not be considered official versions. They are provided for information purposes only.

To obtain an official version of an OIC, please contact us directly at the Orders in Council Division.