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How should I reference municipal by-laws?

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Whether you're using the APA Style rules or another style guide, if you're citing Canadian legislative materials, you'll need to format the legal citations according to the rules set out in the Canadian Guide to Uniform Legal Citation (2014), which is also known as the McGill Guide. According to page E-44 in the McGill Guide, authors can use the following formatting to cite a municipal by-law: 

Municipality, by-law or revised by law number, title (date), pinpoint.
Unrevised City of Whitehorse, by-law No 97-42 Zoning By-law (11 May 1998), s 1.
Revised City of Montreal, revised by-law C S-0.1.1, By-law Concerning Collection Services s 5.

Using this information, the citation for the revised by-law is as follows:

1 City of Montreal, revised by-law C S-0.1.1, By-law Concerning Collection Services s 5.

For more information on creating legal citations, please refer to "Canadian Statutes, Cases, and Legislation". Authors should note that legal citations are provided in footnotes, even if the author is following the APA Style rules. 


McGill Law Journal. (2014). Canadian guide to uniform legal citation (8th ed.). Toronto, Canada: Carswell.

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