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APA Citation Style (6th edition)

Government Publications

The APA Publication Manual, 6th edition provides some examples from American government sources (Sec. 7.03 in the manual).  The following examples are interpretations of APA for Canadian government material.

Begin with the government body issuing the document.  If the name of the country/province forms part of the government body name, the country or province at the beginning may be omitted.

For reports retrieved online identify the publisher as part of the retrieval statement unless they have already been identified as the author. E.g. Retrieved from Agency Name website: https://

OR

(Office of Indigenous Health, 2012)


Canadian government (electronic with corporate author) (Sec. 7.03 #31 APA Publication Manual)

Format

Corporate Author. (year of publication). Title of report: Subtitle information. Retrieved from URL.

Reference Example

Public Safety Canada. (2018). Corrections and conditional release: Statistical overview 2017. Retrieved from https://www.publicsafety.gc.ca/cnt/rsrcs/pblctns/ccrso-2017/ccrso-2017-en.pdf

In-text Example

(Public Safety Canada, 2018)

Canadian government (electronic with individual author) (Sec. 7.03 #33 APA Publication Manual)

  • For reports retrieved online with an individual author, identify the publisher as part of the retrieval statement 
Format

Author, A.A. (year of publication). Title of report: Subtitle information. Retrieved from Publisher: URL

Reference Example

Tapping, K. (2018, October 2). Astronomy and huge data. Retrieved from the National Research Council website: https://www.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/eng/publications/nrc_pubs/tapping/2018/2018_10_02.html

In-text Example

Online, with no page numbers so refer to the paragraph

(Tapping, 2018, para. 3)

Provincial government (electronic with no author) (Sec. 7.03 #31 APA Publication Manual)

Format

Province, Agency, Office. (year of publication). Title of report: Subtitle information. Retrieved from URL

Reference Example

British Columbia, Ministry of Health, Office of Indigenous Health. (2012). Health partnership accord. Retrieved from http://www.health.gov.bc.ca/library/publications/year/2012/health-partnership-accord.pdf

Or you can use the shortened version (the most specific responsible agency) as long as there is no confusion with another agency cited within your report.

Office of Indigenous Health. (2012). Health partnership accord. Retrieved from http://www.health.gov.bc.ca/library/publications/year/2012/health-partnership-accord.pdf

In-text Example

(British Columbia, Ministry of Health, 2012)

Or
(Office of Indigenous Health, 2012)

Statistics Canada (CANSIM) online

  • If you are inserting a table (rather than referring to the data in the text of your paper) then follow the guidelines under Figures below. 
Format

Corporate Author. (year of publication). Title of report: Subtitle information [Format]. Retrieved from URL

Reference Example

Statistics Canada. (2010). Canadian internet use survey, internet use at home, by internet activity, urban or rural distribution, every two years [CANSIM data]. Retrieved from http://estat.statcan.gc.ca

In-text Example

(Statistics Canada, 2010)

Government publication (electronic with corporate author) (Sec. 7.03 APA Publication Manual)

Format

Corporate Author. (year of publication). Title of report: Subtitle information. Retrieved from URL

Reference Example

British Columbia Ministry of Forests. (1999).  Managing identified wildlife:

              Procedures and measures. Retrieved from

In-text Example

(Seebohar, 2011, p. 5)


(Guffey, 2013, p. 15)

Figures: chart, graph, map or table (Sec. 5.01 APA Publication Manual)

  • Citation for a map, chart, graph or table normally appears as a credit below the figure rather than as a parenthetical citation.
Format

Author, A.A. (year of publication). Title of resource: Subtitle information. Location of publication: Publisher.

Corporate Author. (year of publication). Title of resource: Subtitle information. Retrieved from URL

Reference Example

Rand McNally (Cartographer). (2000). Rand McNally Victoria map 

              guide [Road map]. Markham, Ontario: Allmaps Canada

In-text Example

Note: Adapted from "CANSIM Table 358-0130, Canadian internet use survey...