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 in 2001 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.[1]

PurposeLegal education
Parent organization
Federation of Law Societies of Canada,

CanLII offers free public access to over 2.4 million documents[2] across more than 300 case law and legislative databases.[3] It is used by lawyers, legal professionals and the general public, with usage averaging over 30,000 visits per day.[4] 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.[5]

In April 2014, CanLII launched CanLII Connects, a legal community sourced publication and discussion platform for case law summaries and commentaries.[6][7]

In March 2018, CanLII launched a commentary program including law reviews, e-books, articles, public legal education materials, and reports.[8]


  1. "Canadian Legal Information Institute (CanLII) acquires Lexum, a Montreal technology firm". 2018-02-28. Retrieved 2019-11-26.
  2. "CanLII - Search all CanLII Databases". Retrieved 2018-09-12.
  3. "CanLII - Scope of CanLII's Databases". Retrieved 2018-09-12.
  4. "CanLII's Top Ten Accessed Cases from 2018 – Slaw". Retrieved 2018-12-17.
  5. "Un million de décisions..." 2012-02-21. Retrieved 2012-02-26.
  6. "CanLII Connects!". National Magazine. Canadian Bar Association.
  7. "CanLII Connects website connects accessible law to Canadians". Financial Post. Retrieved 10 October 2014.
  8. "More commentary!". The CanLII Blog. 2018-04-20. Retrieved 2018-09-12.
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