Frequently Asked Questions
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Why is there an archived content notice on all electronic publications?
Publishing and Depository Services Directorate catalogues, organises and provides access to a centralized and permanent collection of Government of Canada publications. Authoring departments are the authority related to their published materials. As a result, all publications available on our Web site are copies and therefore considered as archival regardless of the date of publication. We are dependent on author departments to provide us with new editions but have no way to authenticate the status of each title. We therefore apply a blanket archival statement to all publications on our site.
Why am I unable to place an order?
As of April 1st, 2014 we have discontinued printing, distributing, warehousing and selling print format publications and have transitioned to an exclusively electronic environment.
Why have you transitioned to an exclusively electronic environment?
Public Works and Government Services Canada’s transition from print to electronic was outlined in Annex 1: Responsible Spending of the 2012 Federal Budget Plan.
The 2012 Budget and Publishing and Depository Services notice was also placed on our website to advise clients how the 2012 Federal Budget Plan would affect Publishing and Depository Services.
Will the Government of Canada continue to offer print publications?
The Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat has made electronic publishing the new standard for Government of Canada publications. Publications related to health, safety and security may continue to be made available in print formats by author departments and agencies.
For additional information, we invite you to consult the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat notice Government of Canada Moves to E-Printing .
What types of electronic formats are available on your website?
We currently collect publications in electronic portable formats only. These include Portable Document Format (PDF) and EPUB. Publication formats are selected by the author departments, and as new formats become available, we will add them to our collection.
For additional information on formats, we invite you to consult the alternative formats section on our website.
What will become of print publications that are not offered in an electronic format?
We recognize that some publications were only published in print format. Publishing and Depository Services is overseeing the digitization of a vast collection of print publications which will become available in electronic format on our website.
Where may I obtain or consult print format publications?
Some publications which were previously distributed by our program may still be in circulation in print format. Should you wish to consult these items, we suggest that you check your local bookstore or library. The author department or agency may also be able to assist you in obtaining a print copy. Please consult the list of Department and Agency Publication Web Pages where you may select the department name and navigate to their site.
Why is the publication I have located in your catalogue not available in electronic format?
Publishing and Depository Services acquires and catalogues publications received by author departments and agencies in all formats provided. If an electronic version of the publication in question was provided to us by the author department, there will be a link to it in the publication record. However, it is important to note that some publications were only published in print format.
Will Publishing and Depository Services continue to acquire, catalogue and expand its collection of Government of Canada electronic publications?
Publishing and Depository Services is the central repository of Government of Canada publications in portable electronic formats. We will continue to acquire, catalogue and expand our collection.
Will Publishing and Depository Services continue to maintain the catalogue records of older print publications?
Catalogue records for print publications both past and current will be maintained in our catalogue for reference purposes only.
Why can’t I find the electronic edition of the publication I have found in your catalogue?
Not all of our catalogue records provide access to electronic publications. Be sure to check the information given next to the label “Format” to see whether a particular record is for a publication in print format. As we do not maintain a physical collection of publications, this catalogue record has been created for reference purposes only. If an electronic edition of the publication has been catalogued then you will be able to access it through a link provided next to the heading “Other Formats”.
Should I notify Publishing and Depository Services if I find a broken link within an electronic publication hosted on your website?
Publications found in the Government of Canada catalogue have been archived and made available for reference purposes only. Information identified as archived is provided for reference, research or recordkeeping purposes. Publishing and Depository Services does not amend, update or otherwise alter the content of any of the publications hosted and made available in our catalogue.
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