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Type Non-profit
Purpose Legal education
Website CanLII

The Canadian Legal Information Institute (CanLII) is a non-profit organization created and funded by the Federation of Law Societies of Canada 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.

CanLII offers free public access to approximately 1.6 million documents[1] across nearly 300 case law and legislative databases.[2] It is used by lawyers, legal professionals and the general public, with usage averaging over 20,000 visits per day.[3] 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.[4]

In April 2014, CanLII launched CanLII Connects, a legal community sourced publication and discussion platform for case law summaries and commentaries.[5][6]


  1. ^ "CanLII - Search all CanLII Databases". Retrieved 2016-12-23. 
  2. ^ "CanLII - Scope of CanLII's Databases". Retrieved 2016-12-23. 
  3. ^ Guest Blogger (2011-07-28). "Colin Lachance: $34 Well Spent — Slaw". Retrieved 2012-01-20. 
  4. ^ "Un million de décisions...". 2012-02-21. Retrieved 2012-02-26. 
  5. ^ "CanLII Connects!". National Magazine. Canadian Bar Association. 
  6. ^ "CanLII Connects website connects accessible law to Canadians". Financial Post. Retrieved 10 October 2014. 

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