New from CanLII: AI generated subject classification for Ontario case law

A helpful new feature just launched on Going forward, Ontario court decisions on CanLII will display artificial intelligence generated classification.

The AI feature uses machine learning technology to automatically generate practice area labels. The labels appear in grey at the bottom of a search result, underneath the italicized subject keywords:

screen shot of CanLII search result that contains the AI generated label "Public Administration"

The feature offers a quick way for users to determine under which practice area a case has been classified. The Ontario AI project is the second jurisdiction to receive this feature, after CanLII launched the feature for Saskatchewan case law last year.

Read more about the new Ontario project here.

New CanLII Tort and Civil Procedure Resources

CanLII has recently added two new open access eBooks to their commentary database. To stay up to date with CanLII new releases or to see what is popular, be sure to visit their blog at

CanLII has added to their growing collection of eBooks and commentary with  Tort Law: Cases and Commentaries by Samuel Beswick.

“Professor Beswick’s course readings are a collection of edited decisions, legislation, and articles designed to support Tort Law courses in (common law) Canada. They are complemented by a series of multiple-choice quizzes and questions that students can complete in their own time. “

Civil Procedure and Practice in Ontario is now available on CanLII!

Written by a team of 124 leading litigators and legal experts, Civil Procedure and Practice in Ontario is an annotated guide to the Ontario Rules of Civil Procedure, the Courts of Justice Act, and the Limitations Act. It contains helpful commentary that contextualizes and explains the language of the legislation and regulations, along with examples of case law interpreting them.

Improve your results with search tips from HeinOnline and CanLII

How to search the catalog

Tip of the Week: How to Search the Catalog

HeinOnline has a large collection with multiple ways of searching so it can sometimes be difficult to know if your search is getting the results you are looking for. This tip explains how users can search the actual catalog records for a thorough result. Searching the catalog is a little different that doing a broad search as it uses the Machine Readable Coding used to identify each item.

Check the tip to see simple one-box search methods, or dive deeper into advanced searches. You can even take a look at the Catalog Subjects tool to browse through subject headings.

A guide to using search filters on CanLII

CanLII Pro Tip: A Guide to Using Search Filters on CanLII

CanLII is another resource with a large database. Typing in a simple keyword or phrase can bring up thousands of results. One method to narrow that down is to use filters. This tip gives a great overview of how to limit results for cases, legislation, and commentary by using filters like jurisdiction, dates, and subjects.

Still can’t find what you are looking for? Email us at and we can help you with using these resources or track down what you’re looking for.

New eBooks available from CanLII and desLibris

Canlli and have added to their collection of eBooks with 13 new titles, with a range of different legal topics. These eBooks are collected from authors and compiled to make legal research easier.

Check out the new titles here, or read the CanLII blog for more information

These titles are now available on desLibris. Log in to the Member’s Portal and click on Library Resources to get access.

The Law of Property provides an introduction to property law that is meant to be accessible to law students and readers with little to no legal background. It explores and explains the variety of different property rights that exist in Canadian law, the ways in which property rights can be created or transferred to others, and the resolution of disputes between people who claim competing property rights to the same thing. This book presents a thorough and enjoyable analysis of the law of property that will help readers understand both the subject as a whole and its finer details.

United Nations Law, Politics, and Practice explores the important events that shaped the United Nations under different Secretaries-General, describes the legal framework in which it operates, and discusses its politics and practice from an insider’s viewpoint. It provides sufficient information on the UN’s evolution, structure, functioning, and activities in order to empower readers to form their own thoughts about the strengths, weaknesses, successes, and failures of the UN. Students, professors, lawyers, diplomats, international public servants, and those with any interest in international relations or international law will consider this book a valuable resource examining the world’s most prominent intergovernmental organization.

The Canadian Class Action Review, Vol. 16, No. 2

  • Book Review: Defending Class Actions In Canada: A Guide For Defendants Michael A Crystal And Maria Khan
  • Flash Boys Class Actions: Civil Fraud, Conspiracy, And The Certifiability Of High-Frequency Trading Cases In Canada Lindsay Frame
  • An Overview Of Class Actions And Covid-19 In Ontario’s Long-Term Care Facilities Jordan Assaraf
  • The Unworkability Of The Workable Methodology Standard Kate Boyle And Nicholas Hooper United We Stand, Divided We Fall: Class Actions And Corporate Hegemony Rebecca Meharchand
  • The Limits Of Case Management: A Review And Principled Approach To The Court’s General Management Powers Paul-Erik Veel, Adil Abdulla, And Angela Hou
  • Determining A Fair Price For Carriage?: Applying A “Fee-Driven” Factor And Reverse Auctions To Adjudicating Carriage Motions In Ontario Timothy Law

Compare Legislation Changes Easily with CanLII

Historical legal research is now even easier thanks to an updated legislation comparison tool from CanLII.

Users can now select two versions of an act from Federal and Provincial legislation to see what text has been changed between them. Simply click on “Versions”, choose two versions, and hit “Compare”.

Scroll through the text side by side to quickly note any differences. Text will be highlighted in red and green to show what has been removed and added.

The font and formatting of each act has also been standardized to make it easier to compare. CanLII also automatically hides any large sections of unchanged text, so scrolling and loading times are now quicker.

Try it out yourself, or learn more about this handy tool on the CanLII Blog.

What’s new on CanLII

Interested in what were the most viewed decisions of the past year? Take a look at the most searched for, and most accessed, cases on CanLII with their Top Ten Accessed Cases on CanLII from 2020.

More Manitoba content has been added to CanLII with the Manitoba Annual Statutes. Statutes from 1988 to present are now part of the CanLII database which means you can now use these with CanLII’s features such as creating alerts, finding citing cases, and saving documents to Lexbox, Lexum’s “Online legal research workspace”.

Manitoba content on CanLII now includes decisions from Manitoba Reports, Manitoba Reports (2nd) series and the Revised Manitoba Statutes from 1987.