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Constitution, Statutes, and Regulations

The best places to start research for current Canadian consitutional documents, statutes, and regulations are:


The Constitution Act 1982 specified that certain statutes and orders were to be assigned a special constitutional status. For helpful information on these statutes see:


Canadian statutes, federal and provincial, appear first online, and then in gazettes. They are published next in either sessional or annual volumes and are also consolidated from time to time in volumes called revised statutes.

Updates and Case Citations to Statutes

To understand the process for updating Canadian statutes, see the following work:

The following sources can be used to find statute updates and case citations. 



Regulations, called statutory instruments, are first published online, and then in gazettes. They are occasionally consolidated, the latest consolidation being Consolidated Regulations of Canada, 1978.

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