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Lexis Advance Quicklaw replaces the classic Quicklaw providing an intuitive single-search interface with expanded delivery options to more than 2,300 databases of law and related information from Canada, the United States, and other countries. This collection includes caselaw, statutes, regulations, bills, and other materials including texts (e.g. Irwin Law titles), articles, newsletters, and press releases. Visit the Lexis Advance Quicklaw User Guide or Overview (YouTube) for information on this new interface.
Full text access to all BC Statutes and Regulations as well as a list of key federal legislation including the Criminal Code of Canada, Divorce Act and Canadian Environmental Assessment Act. Users may also access Orders in Councils, Bills, repealed laws, point-in-time archived legislation and other "related" industry-specific documents. Offers RSS feeds to provide you with instant notification of new amendments to relevant legislation in your research area. Legislation is updated daily.
Full-text online access to the following titles:
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.
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.
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.
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.