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Law - Federal Statutes

How to find statutes of Canada.

Citation

The full citation of a federal statute consists of:

  • short title of the statute, as provided in the statute itself
  • location of the statute
    • whenever possible, cite a statute as it appears in the latest revision of the federal statutes (latest revision was published in 1985, i.e. RSC 1985)
    • if the act was passed after the publication of the 1985 revision, cite the annual volume, for the year that the statute was enacted
  • chapter number, as listed at the beginning of the statute
  • reference to any particular section(s) mentioned

Examples:
Canada Evidence Act, RSC 1985, c C-5.
Emergency Preparedness Act, RSC 1985 (4th Supp.), c 6.
Northwest Territories Waters Act, SC 1992, c39, s 7.