Westlaw Edge Canada features

Making once nearly impossible research tasks possible

Learn how a legacy of quality and accuracy combined with the latest technology make Westlaw Edge Canada the leading legal research platform in the market

How is Westlaw Edge different?

Westlaw Edge Canada combines editorial legacy with the latest technology to help you research in ways never before possible

Enhanced search

Save time digging through results lists and complete your research
with confidence.

Judicial Consideration for Statutes

Quickly find the most relevant cases that apply or interpret a statute.

KeyCite Overruling Risk

Be confident that you are citing good law.

Common Queries

Find quick answers to common legal questions.

KeyCite Cited With

Find connections between cases that would traditionally be difficult to uncover. KeyCite Cited With allows you to quickly identify related cases that have a pattern of being cited together, even if neither cites the other.

Keep List/Hide Details

Easily save relevant cases for later review and hide cases you don't want to reexamine to make research more organized and efficient.  

Graphical View of History

See detailed visualizations of your previous research so you can efficiently retrace your steps and continue your work where you left off.

Legal Topic Suggestions

Quickly get suggestions of related legal topics as you type keywords into the search box.

Proceedings Filter

Increase search precision and focus on what's relevant.

Missing and Must-include Terms

Missing search terms from a specific document are highlighted, and a link to re-run the search with the missing terms required is provided for more precise results.

Content & editorial enhancements

Boost your research with the largest, most up-to-date collection of legal information available in Westlaw Canada and Westlaw Edge

Primary Law

Westlaw Edge offers the same comprehensive collection included in Westlaw Canada: Federal and Provincial caselaw, statutes, regulations, court rules, and administrative materials.

Secondary Sources

Access an unparalleled collection with resources such as the Canadian Encyclopedic Digest; our Topical Texts and Annotations collection; COA (Causes of Action); law reviews; journals and more.

Litigation Materials

Access the most comprehensive online collection of litigation materials, including, pleadings, motions, memoranda, and other resources to use throughout all stages of the litigation.


The industry’s most complete, accurate, up-to-the-minute citation service that instantly verifies whether a case, statute, regulation, or administrative decision is still good law. 

The Canadian Abridgment Classification

A comprehensive collection of over a million digests of Canadian case law organized by legal issue according to a single taxonomy (The Canadian Abridgment Key Classification System). This collection is exclusive to Thomson Reuters and covers virtually every reported or unreported case received from the courts since 1986, with the exception of Quebec civil law cases. The Canadian Abridgment forms the basis for Legal Topics which pulls together related caselaw, Canadian Encyclopedic Digests, texts and annotations, and legal memoranda organized by legal issue.

Case Digests

Rely on summaries of specific points of law addressed in a particular case, written by our legal editors to quickly review which points of law were addressed by the court and how it ruled. Applicable case digests are always listed at the top of a case to easily identify ones that match your facts and the desired outcome.

Topical Texts and Annotations

Authoritative texts and annotations from leading experts. Westlaw’s powerful search capabilities, integrated content, research management tools, and exclusive editorial enhancements are accessible all in one place.

O’Brien’s Encyclopedia of Forms

An extensive collection of forms and precedents covering a broad range of legal subjects, O’Brien’s Encyclopedia of Forms provides thousands of documents that can be easily customized to suit your individual needs. Each topical division includes authored commentary.

Legal Editors & other features

Human expertise providing you with time-saving guidance

Legal editors

Our team of bar-admitted lawyer-editors analyze, categorize, and summarize the law, creating editorial enhancements to help you research more efficiently – and with greater accuracy.

Expert research Support

The industry’s premier team of legal research support professionals are available 24/7 to keep your research moving forward.

Access to new features

Quickly leverage new features included in your plan as they become available. Our product development teams are constantly optimizing and expanding our tools and services.

Technical specs

Using Westlaw

Supported operating systems

Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10

Mac® OS 10.5 or later

Internet browser

Internet Explorer® 11 or later (Windows only) 

Mozilla Firefox current version or Extended Support Release version

Safari® 10.0 or later

Chrome current version  

Microsoft Edge current version

Other requirements

1024x768 or higher screen resolution recommended

Adobe Acrobat Reader® 9.0 or later (some print functionality is lost with older versions)

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