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  • BC Laws
    Published by the Queen's Printer for British Columbia in partnership with the Ministry of Justice and the Law Clerk of the Legislative Assembly. BC Laws has been upgraded to provide enhanced searching and more content including historical legislation and related publications such as BC Gazette, full text Orders-in-Council, and Tables of Legislative Changes.
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  • Admissibility of Statements, Ninth Edition
  • Breathalyzer Law in Canada: The Prosecution and Defence of Drinking and Driving Offences, 4th Edition
  • Canadian Criminal Code Offences
  • Canadian Criminal Procedure, Sixth Edition
  • Canadian Emergency Management and Response Manual: A Guide to the Law and Practice
  • Criminal Code Driving Offences: A Companion Text for Breathalyzer Law In Canada
  • DNA: A Practical Guide
  • Electronic Evidence in Canada 
  • Search and Seizure Law in Canada
  • The Law of Fraud and Related Offences
  • Weapons Offences Manual
  • Wiretapping and Other Electronic Surveillance: Law and Procedure

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Legislation Basics

Legislation Basics

Legislation includes laws, also referred to as acts or statutes, that are passed by either the federal parliament or a provincial legislative, and regulations, sometimes called secondary or delegated legislation. Regulations are made under the authority of a 'parent' act, and there may be several sets of regulations under one act.

Read How a Government Bill becomes Law in Canada

Some Definitions

Legislation = Written and approved laws. Also known as statutes, or acts.

Bill = A proposed statute, not yet approved.

Act = A bill which has passed through the various legislative steps required for it and which has become law. Also known as a statute.

Statutes = Statutes are laws that are passed by the legislature - federal or provincial/territorial.

Regulations = Rules made pursuant to a statute and known as subordinate legislation. Regulations always have an enabling statute; that is, a statute under which the regulations were made and operate.

See Irwin Law's Canadian Online Legal Dictionary for more legal terms and definitions.

What are Regulations?

Certain statutes enable federal or provincial executive agencies to create rules and regulations to govern various areas. These rules and regulations, together with other subordinate legislation, such as orders and municipal by-laws, may be referred to as regulations or statutory instruments.

Public or Private?

Laws or statutes (and bills) are considered "public" if the law is a law that applies to everyone, i.e. the Criminal Code.

Laws can also be "private", meaning they apply to a specific person, place, or corporation, i.e. in some provinces, a hospital or a university may have its own piece of legislation.

Generally, legislation passed in a year is published in a statute volume, with the acts being numbered sequentially 1,2,3 as chapters. The public statutes are typically first, and any private statute is later in the volume.