Copyright and Licensing

39 Citing Government Websites and Publications

Canadian Government Websites


Most government of Canada websites and publications are covered by the open government license. Here is an example of Statistics Canada data license

Source: Statistics Canada, name of product, reference date. Reproduced and distributed on an “as is” basis with the permission of Statistics Canada.

However, when using a resource from a Canadian government website or publication, always check the Terms of Use, Copyright or similar page for details.

Often, images and other resources from a Canadian government website stipulates that the reused image or resource not be used for commercial purposes. If this is the case, then add this line to your attribution: “This image cannot be used for commercial purposes.”

U.S. Government Websites

Often the information and images found on U.S. government websites are in the public domain. However, when using a resource from a U.S. government website, always check the Terms of Use, Copyright or similar page for details.