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Canadian Legal Research


Similar to the consolidation of Canada's federal and provincial statutes, the federal regulations of Canada were last consolidated in 1978, in the Consolidated Regulations of Canada, 1978. Any amendments to these regulations or any new regulations since promulgated can be found online within the Canada Gazette Part II. Regulations are published within the Gazette within 23 days of registration (unless the enabling statute provides that a particular regulation is exempt from publication), per the Statutory Instruments Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. S-22. Regulations can be found online in Westlaw and in Quicklaw.  .

Before relying on a regulation, it is important to know its effective date. For those regulations that are published, the regulation is deemed to be effective as of the date it is registered with the Clerk of the Privy Council. For regulations exempt from publication, the regulation is effective as of its promulgation date. For more information regarding regulations and detailed instructions on how to find regulations, Queens University's research guide entitled Legal Research Materials: Finding and Updating Regulations, should be consulted.

Provincial regulations of Canada are available Westlaw and Quicklaw that are currently, or formerly subscribed to by the Harvard Law Library. For more information, review the Privy Council Office guide  regarding the making of regulations