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Law - B.C. Regulations

How to find regulations of British Columbia.


Along with statutes, regulations are considered primary sources of law. Referred to as delegated or subordinate legislation, regulations have the same binding legal effect as statutes. However, unlike statutes, regulations are not made by the Provincial Legislature. Regulations are made by persons or bodies to whom the Legislature has delegated the authority to make them. For example, the Lieutenant Governor in Council (Cabinet), a Minister or an Administrative Agency may have this delegated power.

The authority to make regulations must be expressly stated in a statute, called an enabling statute. While an enabling statute tends to state general principles and rules, the regulations made pursuant to the act "flesh out" the details necessary for the administration of the statute. A new or amending regulation comes into force on the date that it is deposited with the Registrar, unless a different date is stated in the regulation, pursuant to the Regulations Act, RSBC 1996, c 402, s 4.