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 Parliament. Regulations are made by persons or bodies to whom Parliament has delegated the authority to make regulations. For example, the Governor in Council (Cabinet), a government 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 act. While an enabling act tends to state general principles and rules, the regulations made under the act "flesh out" the details necessary for the act's administration. A new or amending regulation comes into force on the date that it is registered with the Clerk of the Privy Council, unless a different date is stated in the regulation. The publication of federal regulations is governed by the Statutory Instruments Act, RSC 1985, c S-22.