Search help

Simple search page

The simple search page is displayed when you click on the search button

It contains two areas: the search scope area and the search criteria area.

Search scope

The search scope area contains the following filters:

  • The Legislation filter enables you to select the group of documents in which to search (statutes or regulations or both).
  • The Legislation type filter enables you to specify whether you want to search the consolidated or annual documents.
  • The Search language filter enables you to select the language of the legislation in which to search.
  • The In force only checkbox enables you to exclude repealed and replaced documents from the search.

Search criteria

The search criteria area contains the following fields:

  • The Search terms field enables you to enter search keywords.
  • The drop-down menu to the right of the field enables you to select the type of search:
    • The All words option finds documents containing all the terms entered. This type of search is equivalent to using the AND operator in a Boolean search;
    • The Any word option finds documents containing any of the terms entered. This type of search is equivalent to using the OR operator in a Boolean search;
    • The Boolean option enables you to form a combination using search operators and wildcards;
    • The Exact phrase option finds documents containing all the words entered and in the same order. This type of search is equivalent to using quotation marks (" ") in a Boolean search.
  • The Title field enables you to limit the search to titles of documents.
  • The Search button is used to launch the search.

Advanced search page

The advanced search page is displayed when you click on the advanced search hyperlink on the home page.

It contains two areas: the search scope area and the search criteria area. Search scope

It is identical to the simple search scope.

Search criteria

In addition to the simple search criteria, it contains the following fields:

  • The Include gender and number variants checkbox enables you to include the masculine or feminine equivalent of the search term (include “infirmier” if you are searching for “infirmière” when the search language is French) or its equivalent singular or plural (include “animals” if you are searching for “animal”).
  • The Alphanumeric field enables you to limit the search to one or more alphanumeric codes and to a specific group of alphanumeric codes.
  • The In force on field enables you to enter the date of coming into force of the documents you want to search (point-in-time search). This field is available only if the search is done in the “Consolidated” legislation type.
  • The Year drop-down menu enables you to enter the year in which to search. This field is available only if the search is done in the “Annual” legislation type.
  • The Limit search drop-down menu enables you to restrict the search to very specific components of documents.

Search results page

This page is identical for both a simple search and an advanced search.

It contains four areas:

Display filter

The Legislation filter displays the list of documents containing a result based on the selected legislation.

The Search results context filter displays the keywords found with a certain number of words preceding and following them.

When you consult the search results in context, two additional options enable you to display a print preview:

The Show all results in context button, to the right of the display filters at the top, and the icon to the right of the title of each document in the list.

Results list

Identification of all the documents containing a result, based on the selected filter (statutes or regulations).

The navigation bar

Buttons allowing navigation from one results page to another.

Results per page area

The Results per page area enables you to determine the number of results you wish to display per page.

You have to select “All” to be able to print all the results for the selected legislation in one operation.

Basic functions

Changing the interface language

To change the interface language of LégisQuébec, use the Français/English hyperlink at the top right in the blue horizontal tool bar.

Consulting a document

To consult a document:

1. On the home page of LégisQuébec, click on one of the buttons of the quick access menu to the statutes or regulations.

2. Click on one of the letters of the alphabetical filter to display the list of corresponding documents.

If the document has been repealed or replaced, the appropriate indication, highlighted in red, appears to the right of the title of the document.

If there are regulations related to a statute, the Regulations icon appears to the right of the title.

3. In the list of documents, the full text of a document is displayed by clicking on its title.

4. If regulations have been made under the statute consulted, the Regulations button to the right of the Table of contents button indicates the number of corresponding regulations. By clicking on that button, the list of regulations is displayed in a new window allowing quick access.

When consulting the full text of a regulation, the Enabling statute button in the header allows quick access to the statute concerned.

Consulting a document in both languages

In the full text of a document, click on a section or article number to open a new window displaying the same section or article in the other language.

Consulting historical versions of a section or article

In the section or article you are interested in, click on the icon to the left of the section or article number.

The list of all the versions available is displayed with their date of coming into force

By clicking on a date of coming into force, the text of that version is displayed.

Navigation buttons enable you to display or hide all versions and to return to the full text of the document.

Consulting the complete history of amendments to the legislation

Understanding the principles behind a search

Understanding records

In the database used for the publication of LégisQuébec, each document is stored in the form of small separate units. Those small units, called “records”, are assembled to form the document consulted.

For example, division into records allows all consolidated versions of sections or articles to be preserved. Division makes it possible to find and reconstitute each historical version of a document.

The various records are:

  • sections or articles
  • schedules
  • forms and
  • table of contents, which includes the identification of the document, the introduction and the numbers and titles of parts and other divisions.

Impact of records on a search

Records and display of results

LégisQuébec enables the display of the full document or of only the records containing at least one occurrence of the search term or terms. You can also browse from one record to another to find more quickly the portion of the document corresponding exactly to the information you are looking for.

Records and search queries

Search criteria and search operators are assessed record by record in LégisQuébec.

A search using the AND operator will only find records containing both terms.

Capitalization and diacritical marks

Searches are case-insensitive (upper and lower case) and diacritic-insensitive (accents, cedillas, etc.)

LégisQuébec will search for the term entered, whether or not it contains capital letters and diacritical marks.

For example, if you enter “City”, LégisQuébec will find all occurrences of “City” and all occurrences of “city” and “CITY”. As well, if you write “Montréal”, LégisQuébec will find all occurrences of “Montréal”, “Montreal “ and “MONTREAL”.

Search operators and wildcards

Search operators

Search operators allow a combined search involving several terms or combinations of terms within a record.

OR

The OR operator enables you to find records that contain either term, or both.

For example, “contract OR agreement” finds records that contain the word “contract”, those that contain the word “agreement” and those that contain both “contract” and “agreement”.

AND

The AND operator enables you to find records that contain both terms.

For example: “contract AND maintenance” finds only records that contain both “contract” and “maintenance”.

NOT

The NOT operator enables you to find records that contain the word preceding the operator, but not the word following the operator.

For example, “filtration NOT plant” finds records that contain the word “filtration”, but not records that also contain the word “plant”. Records containing “filtration plant” are therefore excluded from the search results although they contain the word “filtration”.

% (proximity operator)

The proximity operator % (percent sign) enables you to find records that contain two search words in any order provided they appear side by side in the same sentence.

For example, “Web % site” finds records that contain “Website” and records that contain “site Web” (French word for Website).

You can add distance between two search terms. The %n operator enables you to find records that contain both search words, in whatever order, provided they appear at a maximum distance of “n” words from one another in the same sentence.

For example, “water %5 lake” finds records that contain “water” and “lake” within 5 words of each other, whatever the order.

! (adjacency operator)

The adjacency operator ! (exclamation mark) enables you to find records that contain two search words if they appear side by side and in the same order in the same sentence.

For example, “child ! support” finds only records that contain the term “child support”. Records that contain only the word “child” or only the word “support” are excluded.

Note: Such a search is equivalent to using quotation marks (see below).

You can add distance between two search words. The !n operator enables you to find records that contain both search words, in the order specified, provided they appear at a maximum distance of “n” words from one another in the same sentence.

For example, “water !5 lake” finds records in which “lake” is not more than 5 words after “water”.

PAR

The PAR operator enables you to find records that contain the search words in the same paragraph, regardless of the order.

For example, “water PAR lake” finds records in which “water” and “lake” appear in the same paragraph. If both words appear in different paragraphs within the same record, the record is excluded from the search results.

Note: If both words appear in a record that does not contain a paragraph, the record will nonetheless appear in the search results.

PHR

The PHR operator enables you to find records that contain the search words in the same sentence, regardless of the order.

For example, “water PHR lake” finds records that contain “water” and “lake” in the same sentence. If both words appear in different sentences within the same record, the record is excluded from the search results.

Quotation marks

Quotation marks “ ” enable you to find records that contain a complete phrase, as entered.

For example, "greenhouse gas emission” finds records that contain the exact phrase. Records that contain either of the terms or part of the phrase are excluded from the search results.

Note: Using quotation marks is equivalent to adding a + sign in front of each term and combining them using the adjacency operator !. A search for “greenhouse gas emission” could also be entered “+greenhouse ! +gas ! +emission”.

Parentheses

Parentheses “( )” enable you to combine and prioritize a number of operators.

For example, the AND operator is always prioritized. If you enter “contract OR agreement AND green spaces”, the query is interpreted as a search for the terms “agreement” and “green spaces” or for the term “contract”.

Records that contain both “agreement” and “green spaces” will be found and records that contain “contract’ will be found, but records containing “contracts” and “green spaces” will not.

Such a query could be entered using parentheses, with the same result: “contract OR (agreement AND “green spaces”).

If you want to give the OR operator priority, you must use parentheses around the operator, as follows: “(contract OR agreement) AND “green spaces”.

The latter query will find both records that contain the terms “contract” and “green spaces” and records that contain the terms “agreement” and “green spaces”.

Wildcards

You can use wildcards, also called replacement or truncation characters, to replace one or more letters in a word. These characters enable you, among other things, to find different spelling variations of the same term.

Wildcards include the question mark “?” and the asterisk “*”.

Question mark

The question mark “?” enables you to replace only one character at the beginning, in the middle or at the end of a word. You can use several question marks in the same word. The character is useful, for example, when you are not sure how to spell a word.

For example, “depend?nt” finds all records that contain the term “dependent” and “dependant”.

Note: The question mark replaces an existing character. It cannot be used to search both singular and plural words. Searching “building?” will only find records that contain “buildings”, the plural.

Asterisk

The asterisk “*”enables you to replace a number of characters at the same time at the beginning, in the middle or at the end of a word. The asterisk replaces none or several characters.

For example, “minist*” finds all the records that contain the term “minister”, “ministère”, “ministerial”, etc.

Note: The asterisk can be used to find both the singular and the plural of a term as well as terms with the same root. Searching “*constit*” finds “constitute” and “constitutes”, as well as “constituents”, “constituting”, “constitution”, “reconstitution”, etc.

Simple search

About simple search

A simple search is made using the simple search page in the main window of LégisQuébec.

A simple search enables you to find the term or terms entered in the Search terms and/or Title fields both in the title and in the text of the documents. A document containing the search terms only in its text will be found as well as a document containing the search term only in its title.

You can use search operators and wildcards in the search fields (see Search operators and wildcards).

When you enter a number of terms without operators in the search fields, the terms are considered joined by AND. Only documents containing all the terms in the same record are found; the other documents are excluded from the search results.

Specifying the search scope

In the simple search page, the search scope area enables you to determine the legislation in which to search, the type of legislation, etc. To open the simple search page, click on the search button

To specify the search scope:

  1. Click the legislation you want to search: Statutes, Regulations or Statutes and Regulations.
  2. Click the type of legislation you want to search: Consolidated or Annual.
  3. If you want to search only the statutes or regulations in force, check the In force only box.

Searching for a term

To search for a term:

  1. In the simple search page, specify the search scope (see Specifying the search scope).
  2. In the Search terms field, enter your search keyword.
  3. In the drop-down menu to the right of the Search terms field, select Any word.
  4. If necessary, repeat steps 2 and 3 in the Title field.
  5. Click on the Search button.

The list of documents corresponding to the search is displayed in the document consultation area.

The number of search results is displayed.

You can choose to display in-context occurrences of the search term by clicking on the Context filter.

Searching for an exact phrase

To search for an exact phrase:

  1. In the simple search page, specify the search scope (see Specifying the search scope).
  2. In the Search terms field, enter the exact phrase you are searching for.
  3. In the drop-down menu to the right of the Search terms field, select Exact phrase.
  4. If necessary, repeat steps 2 and 3 in the Title field.
  5. Click on the Search button.

The list of documents corresponding to the search is displayed in the document consultation area.

The number of search results is displayed.

You can choose to display in-context occurrences of the search term by clicking on the Context filter.

See also Browsing search results

Searching for a set of several terms

To find documents containing all of several terms, you can use the All words type of search. Only documents whose records contain all the terms entered will be found.

To search for a set of terms:

  1. In the simple search page, specify the search scope (see Specifying the search scope).
  2. In the Search terms field, enter your search keywords.
  3. In the drop-down menu to the right of the field, select All words.
  4. If necessary, repeat steps 2 and 3 in the Title field.
  5. Click on the Search button.

The list of documents corresponding to the search is displayed in the document consultation area.

The number of search results is displayed.

You can choose to display in-context occurrences of the search term by clicking on the Context filter.

See also Browsing search results.

Searching for a selection of several terms

To find documents containing any of the search terms, you can use the Any word search type. Documents whose records contain one term, the other term or all terms entered will be found.

To search for a selection of terms:

  1. In the simple search page, specify the search scope (see Specifying the search scope).
  2. In the Search terms field, enter your search keywords.
  3. In the drop-down menu to the right of the field, select Any word.
  4. If necessary, repeat steps 2 and 3 in the Title field.
  5. Click on the Search button.

The list of documents corresponding to the search is displayed in the document consultation area.

The number of search results is displayed.

You can choose to display in-context occurrences of the search term by clicking on the Context filter.

See also Browsing search results.

Searching using operators

This type of search enables you to combine several search criteria using various operators (see Search operators and wildcards). You can use operators to search in the texts or the titles of documents.

To search for documents by combining several search criteria using operators:

  1. In the simple search page, specify the search scope (see Specifying the search scope).
  2. In the Search terms field, enter your search keywords. Use the search operators you need. For example, if you enter “employment injury” AND (accident OR code)”, the documents containing the exact phrase “employment injury” and the word “accident” or “code” will be found.
  3. In the drop-down menu to the right of the field, select Boolean.
  4. Click on the Search button.

The list of documents corresponding to the search is displayed in the document consultation area.

The number of search results is displayed.

You can choose to display in-context occurrences of the search term by clicking on the Context filter.

Browsing search results

Search results are displayed in alphabetical order.

To browse search results:

  1. By default, the Search results page displays the titles of the statutes or regulations corresponding to search criteria. To display in-context results, click on the Context filter.
  2. To go from one page to another, click on the page number at the bottom of the search results.

Advanced search

About advanced search

The home page of LégisQuébec enables you to make an advanced search.

The principles of a simple search apply to an advanced search, specifically, that an advanced search enables you to search in the text of documents or in their title (see About simple search).

In addition, an advanced search enables you to search using the alphanumeric code of a statute or regulation, the date of coming into force of a consolidated statute or regulation or the year of an annual statute or regulation.

You can use search operators and wildcards in the advanced search page in the same way as in the simple search page (see Search operators and wildcards).

Specifying the search scope

In the advanced search page, the search scope area enables you to determine the legislation in which to search, the legislation type, etc. Open the advanced search page, by clicking on the advanced search hyperlink.

To specify the search scope:

  1. Click the legislation you want to search: Statutes, Regulations or Statutes and Regulations.
  2. Click the type of legislation you want to search: Consolidated or Annual.
  3. Click your search language: French or English.
  4. If you want to search only statutes or regulations in force, check the In force only box.

Searching in the text or in the title of documents

To search for a term in the text or in the title of documents:

  1. In the advanced search page, specify the search scope (see Specifying the search scope).
  2. Enter your search keywords in the Search terms or Title field.
  3. In the drop-down menu to the right of the Search terms or Title field, select the type of search.
  4. Click on the Search button.

The list of documents corresponding to the search is displayed in the document consultation area.

The number of search results is displayed.

You can choose to display in-context occurrences of the search term by clicking on the Context filter.

See also Browsing search results.

Searching for a document by its title

If you know the title of a document, you can use the advanced search page to quickly display the document. You only need to search for the specific title.

To search for a document by its title:

  1. In the advanced search page, specify the search scope (see Specifying the search scope).
  2. Enter your search keywords in the Title field.
  3. If necessary, select the type of search in the drop-down menu to the right of the Title field.
  4. Click on the Search button.

The list of documents corresponding to the search is displayed in the document consultation area.

The number of search results is displayed.

You can choose to display in-context occurrences of the search term by clicking on the Context filter.

Searching for an alphanumeric code

If you know the alphanumeric code of a document, you can use the advanced search page to quickly display the document. You only need to search for the specific code.

To search for an alphanumeric code:

  1. In the advanced search page, specify the search scope (see Specifying the search scope).
  2. In the Alphanumeric field, enter the exact alphanumeric code of the statute or regulation being sought.
  3. Click on the Search button.

The list of documents corresponding to the search is displayed in the document consultation area.

The number of search results is displayed.

You can choose to display in-context occurrences of the search term by clicking on the Context filter.

See also Browsing search results.

Searching by date of coming into force

If you know the specific date of coming into force (point-in-time) of a document, you can use the advanced search page to quickly display the document. You only need to search for the specific date.

To search for a date of coming into force:

  1. In the advanced search page, specify the search scope (see Specifying the search scope).
  2. Enter your search keywords in the Search terms or Title field.
  3. If necessary, select the type of search in the drop-down menu to the right of the Search terms or Title field.
  4. Click the In force on field and enter the date of coming into force of a statute or regulation. If the field is shaded, click on the Consolidated filter.
  5. Click on the Search button.

The list of documents corresponding to the search is displayed in the document consultation area.

The number of search results is displayed.

You can choose to display in-context occurrences of the search term by clicking on the Context filter.

See also Browsing search results.

Searching annual statutes and regulations by year

If you know the year of an annual document, you can use the advanced search page to quickly display the document. You only need to search for the specific year.

To search for a year:

  1. In the advanced search page, specify the search scope (see Specifying the search scope).
  2. Enter your search keywords in the Search terms or Title field.
  3. If necessary, select the type of search in the drop-down menu to the right of the Search terms or Title field.
  4. In the Year drop-down menu, select the year. If the field is shaded, select the Annual Legislation type.
  5. Click on the Search button.

The list of documents corresponding to the search is displayed in the document consultation area.

The number of search results is displayed.

You can choose to display in-context occurrences of the search term by clicking on the Context filter.

See also Browsing search results.

Searching for a set of several terms

To find documents containing all of several terms, you can use an All words type of search. Only the documents whose records contain all the terms entered will be found.

To search for a set of terms:

  1. In the advanced search page, specify the search scope (see Specifying the search scope).
  2. In the Search terms field, enter your search keywords.
  3. In the drop-down menu to the right of the field, select All words.
  4. If necessary, repeat steps 2 and 3 in the Title field.
  5. Click on the Search button.

The list of documents corresponding to the search is displayed in the document consultation area.

The number of search results is displayed.

You can choose to display in-context occurrences of the search term by clicking on the Context filter.

See also Browsing search results.

Searching for a selection of several terms

To find documents containing any of the search terms, you can use an Any word type of search. Only the documents whose records contain one term, the other term or all the terms entered will be found.

To search for a selection of terms:

  1. In the advanced search page, specify the search scope (see Specifying the search scope).
  2. In the Search terms field, enter your search keywords.
  3. In the drop-down menu to the right of the field, select Any word.
  4. If necessary, repeat steps 2 and 3 in the Title field.
  5. Click on the Search button.

The list of documents corresponding to the search is displayed in the document consultation area.

The number of search results is displayed.

You can choose to display in-context occurrences of the search term by clicking on the Context filter.

See also Browsing search results.

Searching using operators

This type of search enables you to combine several search criteria using different operators (see Search operators and wildcards). You can use operators to search in the Search terms or Title field.

To search for documents combining several search criteria using operators:

  1. In the advanced search page, specify the search scope (see Specifying the search scope).
  2. In the Search terms field, enter your search keywords. Use the search operators you need. For example, if you enter ““professional injury” AND (accident OR code)”, documents containing the exact phrase “professional injury” and the term “accident” or “code” will be found.
  3. In the drop-down menu to the right of the field, select Boolean.
  4. Click on the Search button.

The list of documents corresponding to the search is displayed in the document consultation area.

The number of search results is displayed.

You can choose to display in-context occurrences of the search term by clicking on the Context filter.

Limiting a search

An advanced search enables you to limit the search to certain components of documents.

To limit a search:

  1. In the advanced search page, specify the search scope (see Specifying the search scope).
  2. In the Search terms field, enter your search keywords.
  3. If necessary, select the type of search in the drop-down menu to the right of the Title field.
  4. In the Limit search drop-down menu, select the component.
  5. Click on the Search button.

The list of documents corresponding to the search is displayed in the document consultation area.

The number of search results is displayed.

You can choose to display in-context occurrences of the search term by clicking on the Context filter.

Browsing search results

Search results are displayed in alphabetical order.

To browse search results:

  1. By default, the Search results page displays the titles of the statutes or regulations corresponding to search criteria. To display in-context results, click on the Context filter.
  2. To go from one page to another, click on the page number at the bottom of the search results.

Selecting and printing specific text in documents

It is now possible to select and print specific text in LégisQuébec documents.

Below is a list of the text elements than can be selected for printing:

  • Headings
  • Definitions
  • Articles, sections
  • Divisions, subdivisions
  • Paragraphs, subparagraphs
  • Schedules
  • Etc.

Selecting an element

After locating the desired element in the integral document, perform one or the other of the following steps:

  • Right-click on the desired element, and click on “Select this element” in the context menu. Context menu to select an element.
  • Double-click on the desired element.

The element will be highlighted in blue, which means that it has been selected.

Highlighted element.

Selecting a parent element

Parent element: Element of a text that is composed of constituent elements. For example, a division is the parent element of one or more subdivisions, and an article or section is the parent element of the paragraphs and subparagraphs that are contained in it.

After locating the desired parent element in the integral document, perform the following steps:

  • Right-click on an element in the desired parent element, and click on “Select parent element” in the context menu. Context menu to select a parent element.

The parent element will be highlighted in blue, which means that it has been selected.

Highlighted parent element.

Selecting multiple elements

To select multiple elements located one after the other:

  1. Locate the desired elements in the integral document.
  2. Double-click on the first element that you wish to select. It will be highlighted in blue, which means that it has been selected.
  3. Double-click on all additional elements that you wish to select. All selections will be highlighted in blue.

Should you wish to select additional elements from one or more other documents, the previously selected elements will remain selected.

Unselecting all elements in a document

To unselect all elements in a document, right-click on the document in question and click on “Unselect all”.

Context menu to unselect all elements in a document.

Unselecting certain elements in a document

To unselect certain elements that are highlighted in blue:

  1. Locate the first element that you wish to unselect in the document.
  2. Double-click on the element to unselect it. The blue highlighting will disappear.
  3. Repeat these steps for all other elements that you wish to unselect.

Printing selections

To print the elements selected in a given document:

  1. Display the document containing the selected elements.
  2. Click on the “Selected elements” button Selected elements button. in the top right-hand corner of the window.
    The “Selections” window will open.
  3. Selections printing management window.
  4. Click on “Selections in current document”.
    A preview of the selected elements will be displayed.
  5. Print preview of the selected elements from the current document.
  6. Click on the “Print” button; a dialog box will open.
  7. Select the desired printing preferences and click on “Print”.
    The selected elements will be printed exactly as they appeared in the preview.

Printing all selected elements in the collection

To print all the selections made in several documents:

  1. Click on the “Selected elements” button in the top right-hand corner of the screen.
    The “Selections” window will open.
    Selections printing management window.
  2. Click on “All selections in the collection”.
    A preview of the selected elements will be displayed. Print preview of all selected elements in the collection.
  3. Click on the “Print” button; a dialog box will open.
  4. Select the desired printing preferences and click on “Print”.
    The selected elements will be printed exactly as they appeared in the preview.

Deleting selections

To delete all the selections made in one or several documents:

  1. Click on the “Selected elements” button in the top right-hand corner of the screen.
    The “Selections” window will open.
    Selections printing management window.
  2. Click on “Delete all selections”.
    All selections will be deleted.