Researching British Columbia Statutes


The origin of new legislation

New legislation sponsored by the government, known as a government bill, originates in government ministries. New legislation can also originate from a bill sponsored by a member of the legislature, known as a members bill, or from an initiative by private parties, known as a …

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Statute revisions

Traditionally, a general revision of the BC statutes has taken place every 15 to 20 years. The last general revision occurred in 1996.

The mandate of the revision committee, and the effect of the revision, is set out in the Statute Revision Act, R.S.B.C. 1996, c. 440

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The nature of regulations

Subordinate legislation includes regulations, orders, directives, bylaws and proclamations.

The Regulations Act, the Regulatory Impact Statement Act, and the Interpretation Act govern regulations. Section 1 of the Regulations Act defines a regulation as made under a power in an Act where the word “regulation” …

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Judicial consideration

Best practices

Judicial consideration involves looking for decisions that have considered a particular statutory provision. References are located by using the citation to the legislation. If there is not much judicial consideration of the current version of the legislation, then you must trace the legislative history of the section back …

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Statutory research texts

Bennion, Statutory Interpretation: a Code (London: Butterworths, 2002).

Cote, The Interpretation of Legislation in Canada (Cowansville: Y. Blais, 2000).

Craies on Legislation, 8th ed. (London: Sweet & Maxwell, 2004).

Driedger, The Construction of Statutes, 2nd ed. (Toronto: Butterworths, 1983).

Gifford et al, How to Understand Statutes & By-Laws

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