Statutes, Bills, Regulations

Bills Recently Introduced

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The following are some of the new bills introduced during the 1st Session of the 28th Legislature, March 6, 2017 to May 18, 2017:

Bill 47, An Act to Reduce Salaries of Members of the Legislative Assembly, 2017

Coming into force:
This Act comes into force on assent (April 13, 2017), but is retroactive and is deemed to have been in force on and from April 1, 2017.

Bill 48, The Education Property Tax Act

Coming into force:
This Act comes into force on January 1, 2018

Bill 50, The Provincial Capital Commission Act

Coming into force:
This Act comes into force on Proclamation
Subsection 11-1(2) comes into force on assent (May 17, 2017), but is retroactive and is deemed to have been in force on and from April 1, 2017.

Bill 53, The Provincial Health Authority Act

Coming into force:
This Act comes into force on Proclamation

Bill 61, The Saskatchewan Commercial Innovation Incentive (Patent Box) Act

Coming into force:
This Act comes into force on Proclamation

Saskatchewan Legislative Update

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The following regulations were published in The Saskatchewan Gazette, Part II, Vol. 113 No. 20, May 19, 2017:

  • SR 39/2017 The Parks Amendment Regulations, 2017
  • SR 40/2017 The Traffic Safety (Speed Monitoring) Amendment Regulations, 2017
  • SR 41/2017 The Vehicle Classification and Registration (Miscellaneous) Amendment Regulations, 2017
  • SR 42/2017 The Vehicle Equipment (Miscellaneous) Amendment
  • Regulations, 2017

The following regulations were published in The Saskatchewan Gazette, Part II, Vol. 113 No. 21, May 26, 2017:

  • L-10.2 Reg 1 The Legal Profession Regulations
  • SR 43/2017 The Pooled Registered Pension Plans (Saskatchewan) Amendment Regulations, 2017
  • SR 44/2017 The Queen’s Bench (Canadian Free Trade Agreement) Amendment Regulations, 2017
  • Règlement modificatif de 2017 sur la Cour du Banc de la Reine (Accord de libre-échange canadien)
  • SR 45/2017 The Seizure of Criminal Property Amendment Regulations, 2017

Saskatchewan Legislative Update

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The following regulations were published in The Saskatchewan Gazette, Part II, Vol. 113 No. 18, May 5, 2017:

  • E-0.011 Reg 2 The Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program Application Fee Regulations
  • SR 35/2017 The Coroners Amendment Regulations, 2017
  • SR 36/2017/ The Jury Amendment Regulations, 2017
  • RS 36/2017 Règlement modificatif de 2017 sur le jury
  • SR 37/2017 The Driver Licensing and Suspension (Miscellaneous) Amendment Regulations, 2017
  • SR 38/2017 The Vehicle Impoundment (General) Amendment Regulations, 2017

Law Reform Commission Reports

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From the Law Reform Commission

Final reports recently released by the Law Reform Commission:

The Intestate Succession Act, 1996 (April 2017)

The Intestate Succession Act, 1996 determines how an estate is divided when there is not a valid will, or if there is a portion of an estate remaining after a will has been completely applied. The Commission has undertaken a comprehensive review of The Intestate Succession Act, 1996. This Final Report makes several recommendations for reform based on current estate planning practices that will ensure Saskatchewan’s intestate estate distribution system remains relatively simple, certain, and efficient.

The Homesteads Act, 1989 (April 2017)

The Homesteads Act, 1989 protects spouses who do not own their homes against the sale, mortgaging or other disposition of the homestead by requiring the non-owning spouse to sign a consent and be examined separately from the owning spouse before such action can be taken. This Final Report considers two distinct issues: (1) whether an attorney acting under a power of attorney should be able to consent to a disposition of the homestead, and (2) whether a homestead should include mines and minerals. This Final Report recommends allowing an attorney to consent to a disposition of the homestead in place of a non-owning spouse, subject to the condition that where the attorney is the spouse of the non-owning spouse, the attorney only be able to consent to a disposition of the homestead where the non-owning spouse lacks capacity. This Final Report also recommends that The Homesteads Act, 1989 be amended to specifically exclude mines and minerals from the definition of the homestead.

Changes to The Victims of Interpersonal Violence Act and The Residential Tenancies Act

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By Melanie Hodges Neufeld

On April 10th, the Government introduced and passed legislation to support individuals fleeing interpersonal violence and families of victims of crime.

The Victims of Interpersonal Violence Act and The Residential Tenancies Act, 2006 will be amended to allow a tenant to end a fixed-term rental agreement with 28 days’ notice if they or their family members are being abused by another resident or former resident. The amendments bring Saskatchewan in line with some other Canadian jurisdictions, including Alberta who passed similar legislation last year.

The ministry is also amending The Victims of Crime Act, 1995 to expand compensation for counselling costs to include parents, siblings, and adult children of adult victims who have died as a result of violent crime.The legislation previously limited compensation for counselling to the spouse or children of an adult victim and the parent or sibling of a child victim.

For more information, please see the Government of Saskatchewan news page.

Saskatchewan Legislative Update

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The following regulations were published in The Saskatchewan Gazette, Part II, Vol. 112 No. 46, November 18, 2016:

  • SR 87/2016 The Securities Commission (Adoption of National Instruments, MI 96-101) Amendment Regulations, 2016

The following regulations were published in The Saskatchewan Gazette, Part II, Vol. 112 No. 44, November 4, 2016:

  • C‑50.2 Reg 31 The Oil and Gas Tenure Registry Regulations
  • SR 82/2016 The Provincial Sales Tax (Precious Metals) Amendment Regulations, 2016
  • SR 83/2016 The Municipal Hail Insurance Amendment Regulations, 2016
  • SR 84/2016 The Saskatchewan Medical Care Insurance Payment (Physician Services) Amendment Regulations, 2016
  • SR 85/2016 The Legal Aid Amendment Regulations, 2016
  • SR 86/2016 The Wildlife Habitat and Ecological Lands Designation Amendment Regulations, 2016 (No. 7)

Digitized Provincial Statutes of Canada (Tip of the Week)

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By Alan Kilpatrick

Tired of dusting off old print copies of statutes when conducting historical legislation research?  HeinOnline recently announced that provincial statutes, for all ten provinces in Canada, have been digitized and are available online.  Members of the Law Society can take advantage of this exciting development by accessing HeinOnline through the Library’s subscription in the Members’ Section of the website.

Coverage varies from province to province.  Current, revised, and historical statutes are available for Alberta, British Columbia, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Ontario. Historical and revised statutes are available for Manitoba, Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, and Saskatchewan.

Specifically, HeinOnline features complete coverage of all Saskatchewan statutes from 1906 to 1965.  More current Saskatchewan legislation can be accessed by visiting the Queen’s Printer of Saskatchewan or the Law Society Library.

Once you open HeinOnline, click on the large HeinOnline icon on the top left of the screen.  Select Canada.  Then, Provincial Statutes of Canada:

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Select Saskatchewan from the map displayed:

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Statutes are displayed on the left while a linked table of contents is displayed on the right:

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Statutes can be easily downloaded, printed, copied and pasted, or searched by keyword.  The interface is smooth and straightforward to use.  I encourage you to check it out.

If you have any questions, ask a Law Society Librarian! We are pleased to provide high-quality legal research services to Saskatchewan members in person, on the telephone, or by email.

 

 

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