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Law and Legislation: Bills

Public or Private?

Public Bills
These are proposals for laws that will affect the public in general. Most public bills are introduced by Government Ministers. Bills sponsored by the Government are numbered from C-1 to C-200 in order of presentation. If they are introduced first in the Senate, they are numbered starting S-1. 

Private Bills
These are limited in scope: they concern an individual or group of individuals only. They confer a right on some person or group, or relieve them of a responsibility.

British Columbia

Canada - Federal

Other Provinces

What are Bills?

Bills are proposals for new legislation or to amend existing legislation.

Bills are read 3 times in Parliament before becoming statutes.