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Who we are

Publishing and Depository Services Directorate is a part of Public Services and Procurement Canada. Our mandate is to provide the public with centralized access to Government of Canada publications.

Government policy requires that federal institutions provide us with portable electronic copies of every publication they author in all available language editions. In this way, the public may access government publications through a single window: our searchable catalogue.

Our program, created in 1927, has a rich history. We invite you to read our commemorative Weekly Checklist issues for more information: ARCHIVED—13–49, ARCHIVED—13–50 and ARCHIVED—13–51.

Our catalogue acts as an important information safety net. Researchers, the public and parliamentarians need a centralized repository to identify, locate and acquire published information. Our catalogue includes publications on a wide range of subjects and in a variety of formats, making it easier to find what you need.

What we do

Publishing and Depository Services Directorate:

Our collection

We acquire and catalogue an extensive variety of electronic government publications. Some print publications are included in our collection, purely for reference purposes.

Weekly Acquisitions List and archived checklists

Each week, we produce the Weekly Acquisitions List. The list is a record of all publications catalogued in the previous week. Previously, we produced the weekly checklist of Canadian Government publications and supplementary checklists, which served the same function. These archives remain available to the public.

International Standard Book Numbers and catalogue numbers

We assign International Standard Book Numbers (ISBNs) and catalogue numbers for Government of Canada departments and agencies to include in their publications.

Learn about and apply for ISBNs and catalogue numbers.

Digitization services

We encourage departments and agencies to digitize their paper publications and submit them to our online catalogue.

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