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Government Publications - British Columbia


Hansard / Debates

29th Parliament (1970) -Present 

* Note, there are both subject and speaker indexes available for this Hansard collection. 

Pre-1970 - BC Legislative Assembly Sessional Clipping Books (1891-1972)

  • The Debates/Hansard were not formally collected and published before 1970, but they were widely reported in the local press. Staff members at the Legislative Library would clip any such reports from the local papers and maintained the clippings in British Columbia Legislative Assembly Sessional Clipping Books. The University of Victoria has digitized the  Clipping Books (1891-1972) and they are available online. 
  • Available in microfilm - Koerner Library at  AW1.R5782  for  1890 - 1894 / 1896 - 1972. 
  • Print version in Rare Books and Special Collections, 
  • The Okanagan Library also has this collection on microfilm at KEB22.63.
  • Online from the University of Victoria 1891-1972

The Clipping Book Collection does not have an index so you may want to consult the BC Newspaper Index to help manage your search. The BC Newspaper Index covers content from Vancouver Sun, the Vancouver Province and the Victoria Times-colonist for 1900 - 1970 and are organized alphabetically by topic. 

  • Available in the Koerner Library at  AW1.R5065

Sessional Papers 1872-1982

The Sessional Papers were published from 1872 - 1875 in the appendix of the Journals of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia.

From 1876 - 1982 they were published separately. By the 1920s, the Sessional Papers primarily contained annual reports from government Ministries.

Content not transferred to the Journals includes:

  • The Voters' list - which was published on its own and is available at UBC Library from 1876 - 1979, call no.: FC3806.2 .B723; and on microform, from 1983 - 1990 at call no.: AW5.A454 V6.
  • The Estimates - which were published by the Ministry of Finance. UBC has print copies available from 1892 - 1977 at call no.: HJ14.B7 B1 and for 1982/83 to present at HJ14.B7 B1
BC Sessional Paper Holdings are available ONLINE:

Index to the microforms - Guide to the British Columbia Sessional Papers on Microfilm in Koerner LIbrary at  J110.M5 A46 2009 


Journals of the Legislative Assembly

These consist of the official summary record of House proceedings and decisions. They are published by the Office of the Clerk at the conclusion of each session. They contain:

  • summaries of speeches 
  • the titles and numbers of bills
  • voting records 
  • orders of the House 
  • motions, papers presented
  • petitions
  • questions and resolutions


  • Online from the Legislative Library of British Columbia  - 1851- present

Throne Speech

Available online (1992 - present )

Select Standing Committee Reports

Available online from 35th Parliament (1992) - present.