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Law - Federal Regulations

How to find regulations of Canada.



  • 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, regulations are not made by Parliament
    • are made by persons or bodies to whom Parliament has delegated the authority to make regulations
      e.g. the Governor in Council (Cabinet), a government Minister, or an administrative agency may have this delegated power

Enabling Act:

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