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Law - B.C. Statutes

How to find statutes or acts of British Columbia.


Statutes or Acts are considered primary sources of law. They are enacted by the federal and provincial legislatures in order to reform the common law, to amend existing statutes, to codify the common law, or to deal with issues not addressed by the common law. They are the most formal expression of the will of the State.

Statutes are created and amended by Bills, which are introduced in the legislatures. In order for a bill to become law in British Columbia, it must be read three times in the provincial legislature and then receive Royal Assent. Many bills become law when they receive Royal Assent; others come into force on a later date specified in the statute, or when the statute is brought into force by regulation. Check for a commencement section near the end of the statute. This section gives information about when the statute is to come into force. If there is no commencement section, the statute comes into force on the date of Royal Assent pursuant to the Interpretation Act, RSBC 1996, c 238, s 3(2).