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Law - B.C. Regulations

How to find regulations of British Columbia.

Introduction

Regulations:

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

Enabling Statute

  • authority to make regulations must be expressly stated in a statute, called an enabling statute
  • while 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.