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Age of Majority Act

[RSBC 1996] CHAPTER 7

Contents
1Age of majority
2References to age in court orders
3Existing rights preserved
4Definition of "minor"
5Accumulations in deed, will or instrument
6Repealed
7Incorporation of enactment in deed, will or instrument

Age of majority

1  (1) From April 15, 1970,

(a) a person reaches the age of majority on becoming age 19 instead of age 21, and

(b) a person who on that date has reached age 19 but not 21 is deemed to have reached majority on that date.

(2) Subsection (1) applies for the purposes of

(a) any rule of law, and

(b) in the absence of a definition or of an indication of a contrary intention, for the interpretation of "full age", "infant", "infancy", "minor", "minority" and similar expressions in

(i) an enactment whenever enacted, and

(ii) a deed, will or other instrument of whatever nature, not being an enactment, made on or after April 15, 1970.

(3) The use of the words or similar expressions referred to in subsection (2) does not in itself indicate a contrary intention under that subsection, without some further indication of a contrary intention.

(4) In an enactment other than this Act, a reference to age 21 must be read as a reference to age 19.

(5) The Lieutenant Governor in Council may, by order, amend an enactment or bylaw of a local government passed on or before April 15, 1970, by substituting a reference to age 19 for a reference to age 21.

(6) An amendment may be made applicable to a class of enactment or bylaw.

(7) Despite any rule of law, a will or codicil executed before April 15, 1970 is deemed, for the purposes of this Act, not to have been made on or after that date only because the will or codicil is confirmed by a codicil executed on or after that date.

References to age in court orders

2  (1) In an order or direction of a court made before April 15, 1970 a reference to age 21 or to an age between 19 and 21, or to any of the expressions referred to in section 1 (2), must be read as a reference to age 19 unless a contrary intention is indicated.

(2) The use of the phrase "21 years" in an order does not in itself indicate a contrary intention under subsection (1) without some further indication of a contrary intention.

Existing rights preserved

3  This Act does not prejudice a right of action or a defence to an action that is based on the age of a party and that was in existence at the time the cause of action arose, and the law that was in force immediately before April 15, 1970 applies despite this Act.

Definition of "minor"

4  A person who has not reached the age of majority may be described as a minor instead of as an infant, and "minor" means such a person.

Accumulations in deed, will or instrument

5  This Act does not invalidate a direction for accumulation expressed in a settlement or other disposition made by deed, will or other instrument and executed before April 15, 1970 that, but for this Act, was a permissible period of accumulation.

Repealed

6  [Repealed 2012-13-33.]

Incorporation of enactment in deed, will or instrument

7  This Act does not affect the interpretation of an enactment that is incorporated in and has effect as part of a deed, will or other instrument, the interpretation of which is not affected by section 1.