Industry Canada style guide for writers and editors


For detailed information on the use of italics, consult The Canadian Style, Chapter 6.

Italic type is used to set off words and phrases, call attention to them or indicate their special status. Note that overuse of italics reduces their effectiveness.

Do italicize the following:

  • titles of books, pamphlets, published reports and studies, published policies and strategies, films, most works of art, newspapers, magazines and other periodicals (e.g., the Canadian Oxford Dictionary, the Communications Policy of the Government of Canada, Mobilizing Science and Technology to Canada's Advantage, The Globe and Mail, Budget 2009: Canada's Economic Action Plan)
  • the complete names of acts, regulations, statutes and court cases (e.g., the Trade-marks Act, the Textile Labelling Act, the Access to Information Act, the Electricity and Gas Inspection Regulations)
  • the complete names of bills (e.g., Bill C-29, An Act to amend the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act—note that when italicizing, what was already in italics, Personal Information Protection and Electronics Documents Act, becomes roman)
  • French or foreign words, other than proper nouns, that have not been assimilated into English (consult the Canadian Oxford Dictionary)

Do not italicize the following:

  • titles of surveys or databases
  • unofficial or short forms of titles (e.g., the Communications Policy, the Globe, the Canadian Oxford, Canada's Economic Action Plan)
  • short forms such as "the Act" or "the Charter"
  • names of acts that have not yet received royal assent

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