Researching Alberta Statutes


The origin of new legislation

There are two types of bills that can become legislation: government bills and private members bills. The information on this page corresponds primarily to government bills. For informational purposes, however, note that new legislation can also originate from private members bills, which are sponsored by …

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Statute revisions

Traditionally, a general revision of the Alberta statutes takes place every 15 to 20 years. Alberta’s statutes were last revised in accordance with the Statute Revision Act, RSA 2000, c S-19, in 2000.

The purpose of a revision was to consolidate all amendments to the statutes since …

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The nature of regulations

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

The Regulations Act and the Interpretation Act govern regulations. Section 1(f) of the Regulations Act defines a regulation with reference to the Interpretation Act, RSA 2000, C I-8, s 1(c), which defines it as follows:

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Judicial consideration

Best practices

Finding judicial consideration of a statutory provision (noting up) involves looking for decisions that have considered that 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, you can trace the …

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Statutory research texts

Rt Hon Michel Bastarache et al, The Law of Bilingual Interpretation (Markham: LexisNexis, 2008).

Stéphane Beaulac, Handbook on Statutory Interpretation: General Methodology, Canadian Charter and International Law (Markham: LexisNexis, 2008).

Stéphane Beaulac, Frédéric Bérard, Précis d’interprétation législative, 2nd ed (Markham: LexisNexis, 2014).

Francis AR Bennion & Oliver Jones, Bennion on

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