Faculty of Arts & Science
Dictionary of Canadian Biography
The Dictionary of Canadian Biography/Dictionnaire biographique du Canada is a multi-volume history of Canada from its earliest beginnings. Its purpose is to provide readers – ranging from high school students, through the general public, to university-level students and scholars – with an authoritative, easily readable account of the lives and times of the individuals who contributed to the country's development.
The DCB/DBC published 15 volumes between 1966 and 2005. A CDROM version of DCB/DBC volumes I–XIV was distributed in 2001 to over 13,000 schools and libraries in Canada and abroad. The project went online in 2003 at www.biographi.ca, which provides free access to some 8,500 articles and receives about 1,500,000 visits annually. Available at the website are the complete contents of Volumes I to XV, an increasing number of Volume XVI biographies, those of all deceased Canadian prime ministers, and biographies of several major 20th-century figures such as Emily Carr and Maurice Richard.