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Annual Volumes and Revised Statutes of Canada

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1.1.7     Annual volumes

Under the terms of sections 10 and 11 of the Publication of Statutes Act, the Queen’s Printer must publish at the end of each calendar year, a volume gathering all the acts in French and English adopted by the Parliament in that same calendar year. In the Annual Statutes of Canada, the laws are arranged by chapter.


Citation standard:

Prior to 1984, the volume was not published until the end of the session; since 1984, a volume is published at the end of each calendar year.



Canada Cooperatives Act, S.C. 1998, c. 1.


1.1.8     Revised Statutes of Canada

Under the terms of section 5 of the Statute Revision Act (Chap. S-20 of the Revised Statutes of Canada, 1985), the Statute Revision Commission, alters, revises and codifies periodically the laws that are public and of general interest. To date, there have been six editions of the revised statutes, namely 1886, 1906, 1927, 1952, 1970 and 1985.


During a revision, the chapters are newly identified using an alphanumeric system based on the first significant word of the shortened title of the act in English. For example, the Copyright Act is labeled as C-42 (Copyright). Note that the revised statutes, once in force, become part of the Canadian body of laws and replace preceding editions of the statutes which would no longer be in force. Parliament must vote for a law to establish that the Revised Statutes of Canada are in fact part of the Canadian legislative corpus and this law must come into effect like any other law. However, under the terms of section 3 of the Revised Statutes of Canada Act (1985), c. 40 of the 3rd supplement of the Revised Statutes of Canada (1985), certain texts are not repealed.


The Revised Statutes of Canada (1985) are published in a bilingual edition including 18 volumes, namely eight volumes of the federal laws of public interest from December 31, 1984, five supplements which contain the laws adopted between December 31, 1984 and December 12, 1988 (date of entry into force of the Revised Statutes of Canada (1985), as well as the Income Tax Act (5th suppl.), published in 1990.


Acts contained in the Revised Statutes of 1985 continue to be amended. Each year since 1987, the government has published all acts from a single calendar year in the Statutes of Canada. Eventually, a new Revised Statutes will be done, and the whole process will begin again.


A volume of appendices with Canadian constitutional texts, includes the Canadian Bill of Rights. Within this volume, in Appendix I, you can find the Schedule of Acts and portions of Acts repealed as of the coming into force of the Revised Statutes of Canada, 1985.


Two volumes of indexes, one in French and one in English, published separately, are essential tools when you are conducting a subject search.


N.B. Another index is the Index to Federal and Ontario Statutes (FTX ref. KE107 M34). Published until 2000, the index is now updated in electronic format only (but only up to June/July 2006).


Citation standard:


Under the terms of the Interpretation Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. I 21, s. 40(2), the reference to a revised law is assumed to include its amendments.


        Copyright Act, R.S.C.1985, c. C-42.


However, if you must quote and/or refer to a specific section which was amended, it is then necessary to refer to this amendment. See CGULC, 6th ed., Amendments, Repeals, and Re-enactments.


        Copyright Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. C-42, s. 2, as am. by S.C. 1997, c. 24,  s.1(5).

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