Finding Federal Statutes In Part III of the Canada Gazette (Tip of the Week)

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By Ken Fox

So now that we know how to find the Consolidated Statutes of Canada, and locate official Regulations in Part II of the Canada Gazette, let us complete the picture by finding federal statutes in their original published form.

Return with me once more to the Canada Gazette Publications Page. Part III of the Gazette is Acts of Parliament. Do you remember how to look up the chapter number of an amending act using the Table of Public Statutes? Good, because it would be difficult to locate a statute in the Gazette without the chapter number.

As with Part II, only the volumes back to 2009 are displayed in the menu – for older volumes, click on Archives, where you can find editions back to 1998. Editions from 1841 to 1997 can be searched at Library and Archives Canada.

There are typically 2 -5 issues per annual volume. Here is the list of issues for 2006:


Each issue includes a range of chapters passed that year. At the beginning of the PDF file, there is a clickable Table of Contents to access the newly passed Acts of Parliament.

Aside from the evidentiary benefits of being able to view the Acts of Parliament in their original published form, locating statutes in Part III of the Gazette also enables you to view new acts before they have been consolidated. There is a way to check for recent updates to an act, using Parts II & III of the Gazette, but it is much easier with the aid of LegisInfo, which will be next week’s tip.

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

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