Finding Federal Regulations (Tip of the Week)

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By Ken Fox

The federal Justice Department’s Consolidated Regulations are organized by regulation title (unlike Saskatchewan’s version, which are organized by title of enabling act). So how do you find all of the regulations passed under a given statute?

Well, there are a couple of ways, the simplest of which is to go to the act itself in the Consolidated Acts, and select the first letter of the title in the A-Z menu. The left-hand column lists all the acts beginning with that letter, along with their chapter number –

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and the right-hand column has PDF links to the acts and little yellow “R” boxes. Any guesses what the R stands for?

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Good guess! R is for Regulations. Clicking on the yellow box will take you directly to a complete list of the regulations made under that act. If you scroll up from the list, you will find the main Table of Contents for the act – so a second way to see the regulations would be to open the act directly and scroll down.

But what about the historical regulations? What about the official, unconsolidated versions? Thanks for asking – those can be found in Part II of the Canada Gazette, which will be the topic of next week’s tip.

Consolidated Regulations (Federal): http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/regulations/

Saskatchewan Regulations: http://www.publications.gov.sk.ca/deplist.cfm?d=1&c=43

Consolidated Acts (Federal): http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/

List of regulations under specific act: http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/A-2/index.html#r3lR3g

This is Part 2 of a multi-part series on researching federal legislation:  Part 1 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 | Part 7

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