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The Statutes of Canada (SC) compiles, by year, all the laws passed by the Parliament of Canada since Confederation in 1867. They are organized by alphabetical order and are updated and amended by the Government of Canada from time to time.[1][2] The Revised Statutes of Canada (RSC) consolidates current federal laws in force, incorporating amendments into acts, adding new substantive acts enacted since the last revision and deleting rescinded acts.

Publication of statutes

At the time that the Interpretation Act (1867) was passed,[3] the Statutes of Canada were required to be distributed and published at the end of each session of parliament.[4] This was changed in 1984, with the volumes of the Statutes of Canada being required to be distributed and published at the end of each calendar year.[5][6] Acts in the Statutes volumes are referred to as "Annual Statutes."

After public acts are passed but before they are compiled in the Statutes, they are published in Part III of the Canada Gazette every three months.[7]

See also


  1. ^ Statutory Instrument Act
  2. ^ "Canada Gazette - About Us". 2010-06-09. Archived from the original on 2011-07-06. Retrieved 2011-02-28.
  3. ^ Interpretation Act, SC 1867-68, c. 1
  4. ^ Publication of Statutes Act, R.S.C., 1970, c. P-40.
  5. ^ Publication of Statutes Act, R.S.C., 1985, c. S-21.
  6. ^ Miscellaneous Statute Law Amendment Act, 1984, SC 1984, c. 40, s. 62.
  7. ^ "About the Canada Gazette". 2022-06-02. Retrieved 2022-07-26.