Westlaw Canada Sources

Our Westlaw Canada database subscription includes content from six key sources: LawSource, CriminalSource, EmploymentSource, Estates & TrustsSource, FamilySource, and InsolvencySource. Go behind the case law and legislation into the subtleties and intricacies to gain deeper insight into the law pertaining to your issue.


This source is the principal authority for core legal information and houses an extensive collection of case law, legislation and leading editorial tools for the best legal research.

Features include: (must be logged into Westlaw for links to work)

The Canadian Abridgement – A comprehensive collection of over a million digests of Canadian case law organized by legal issue according to a single taxonomy (The Canadian Abridgment Key Classification System).

Canadian Encyclopedic Digest – Provides an overview of a legal topic and gives you context to cases and legislation relevant to your issue.  Over 225 subjects are listed alphabetically, with sub-topics to pinpoint the area of law you may be interested in.

Index to Canadian Legal Literature (ICLL) –  Comprehensive legal bibliography, containing books, articles, government publications, audio-visual materials, continuing legal education materials, case comments and annotations.

Words and Phrases – Words and Phrases gives you access to over 60,000 judicial interpretations of statutory and common law terms and how they have been interpreted by the courts.


This source combines expert commentary, case law, legislation and dismissal notice periods, with functionality that is practical and easy to use. You have online access to leading authored works, covering everything from wrongful dismissal to occupational health and safety, all integrated with case law and legislation.

Access these leading texts: (must be logged into Westlaw for links to work)

Canadian Employment Law (Ball)
Canadian Health and Safety Law (Keith)
Employee Obligations in Canada (D’Andrea)
Illness and Disability in the Workplace (D’Andrea)
The Law of Dismissal in Canada, Third Edition (Levitt)

Estates & TrustsSource

This source gives you access to regularly updated related Estates, Trusts & Wills case law and statutes, complete with the exclusive KeyCite citation service, as well as authoritative commentary. It has been designed to meet both the research and workflow needs of all three types of estates practitioners: planners, administrators, and litigators.

Access these leading texts: (must be logged into Westlaw for links to work)

Alberta – Estate Administration
Atlantic Canada – Estate Administration
British Columbia – Estate Administration
Canadian Bar Association Concordances
Estate Litigation, 2nd Edition
Estate Planning Handbook
Estate Planning Precedents
Manitoba – Estate Administration
Ontario – Estate Administration
Saskatchewan – Estate Administration
Waters’ Law of Trusts in Canada
Widdifield on Executors and Trustees, 6th Edition


This source contains analysis from leading insolvency, restructuring and commercial law experts. It provides quick and easy access to all of the exclusive research material available on the service, no matter how complex the issue. The weekly Houlden & Morawetz newsletter keeps practitioners up to date on all aspects of debtor- creditor law, not just insolvency law.

Access these leading texts: (must be logged into Westlaw for links to work)

Annual Review of Insolvency Law
Bankruptcy and Insolvency Law of Canada, 4th Edition
Faillite et insolvabilité
Houlden and Morawetz Bankruptcy and Insolvency Analysis
Secured Transactions in Personal Property in Canada, 3rd Edition


FamilySource allows you to efficiently handle any family matter, be it a separation agreement, divorce, child custody, spousal support, procedural or matrimonial property matters. It provides family-related law, including case law and legislation in Canada, plus comprehensive secondary legal materials, such as the case comments from law reports and case summaries from the Canadian Abridgment.

Access these leading texts: (must be logged into Westlaw for links to work)

Annual Review of Family Law
Canadian Divorce Law and Practice, 2nd Edition
Child Protection Law in Canada, 2nd Edition
Child Support Guidelines: Law and Practice, 2nd Edition
Domestic Contracts, 2nd Edition
Enforcement of Family Law Orders and Agreements
Law and Practice Under the Family Law Act of Ontario, Revised Edition
Matrimonial Property Law in Canada
Parenting Law and Practice in Canada
Wilton & Semple Spousal Support Commentary