USERS GUIDE TO TABLE OF LEGISLATIVE CHANGES
(3rd Edition)
for the Statutes of British Columbia

January 1, 2014 – current update

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Contents

1.   Legislative changes and time periods covered
2. Acts listed in Table
  (1)   Acts from 1st and 2nd Editions included
  (2) Special cases
3. How legislative changes are shown
  (1) Parts of the individual tables
  (2) Columns
  (3) When changes not in force are changed
  (4) When an Act is repealed
4. Citations
5. Abbreviations, terms and symbols

The Table of Legislative Changes is provided for convenience.
While every effort is made to achieve accuracy, only the statutes are authoritative.
Legal opinion should be sought if interpretation is required.

1. Legislative changes and time periods covered

The 3rd Edition Table shows all the following:

2. Acts listed in Table

In addition to listing all Acts with provisions or changes set out in item 1, the 3rd Edition Table includes most Acts appearing in the 1st Edition Table (1997-2004), and in the 2nd Edition Table (2005-2013), whether or not those Acts are affected by changes enacted or brought into force between January 1, 2014 and the current update.

Specifically, the 3rd Edition Table lists all

A separate listing is added for

3. How legislative changes are shown

(1) Parts of the individual tables

If an Act is subject to legislative change, an individual table is provided with one or more of the 4 parts shown in bold type in this subsection:

  • Changes by Reg (or Order)italicized – identifies potential Act changes that may be made by regulation or by order in council, whether or not the provision authorizing the change is itself in force. When a change is enacted, a separate entry is made in the appropriate part of the table according to the effective status of the change as of the current update.

Note: Several Acts authorize any eligible Act to be changed by regulation or authorize the suspension of the operation of all or part of an enactment by regulation. Where it is possible to identify the specific Acts that may be affected, "Changes by Reg" entries are created for those Acts. Where specific Acts cannot be identified, the potential changes or suspensions are noted only under the authorizing Act (e.g., Statute Revision Act) until a regulation is made; after a regulation is made, the details are entered under the Act affected by the change or suspension.

  • Changes to Scheduleitalicized – alerts users to changes, to a Schedule of a Final Agreement Act, that may be or have been made by consent of the parties or automatically, whether or not the provision authorizing the change is itself in force. After a change by consent of the parties has become effective, a separate entry is made in the Changes in Force part of the table.
  • Changes Not in Forceitalicized – identifies changes not in force as of the current update, including changes that are
    • to be brought into force by regulation under a commencement provision
    • effective on a specified date or other event.
  • Changes in Force – non-italicized – identifies changes in force as of the current update.

(2) Columns

Section column

  • identifies provisions affected by changes; "Act" is used if an entire Act is subject to repeal or to changes that can be summarized efficiently in this way

Change column

  • shows the nature of the changes – see the list of abbreviations, terms and symbols in item 5

Citation column

  • cites the Act, Supplement, regulation or order in council making the change; if the change itself is changed, a bulleted entry may be added under it – see (3) below

Into force column under Changes Not in Force

  • shows how changes are to come into force; an effective date is shown if it is known as of, but is after, the current update

Effective date column under Changes in Force

  • shows when and how changes came into force; if a provision has retroactive effect, the retroactive effective date or application is shown first, followed in brackets by the date on which the provision itself came into force, e.g., "1 Jan 2014 [retro from 3 Mar 2014 (RA)]".

(3) When changes not in force are changed

When a not in force enactment of a section is itself changed, the change is shown as a separate entry under the number of the section enacted.

When a not in force amendment, repeal or re-enactment is itself subsequently changed (other than by a RS1996 Supplement provision), entries are as follows:

  • if both changes are not in force, a bulleted entry is added in the "Citation" column below the original entry
  • if the subsequent change is in force and
    • amends or re-enacts the original change, a bulleted entry is added in the "Citation" column below the original entry
    • repeals or supersedes the original change, angle brackets (<...>) are added to set off the original entries, and the subsequent change is entered in the last column.

All Supplement provisions, including those making changes to other Supplement provisions, are entered separately under the number of the Act section they would enact or affect if brought into force.

(4) When an Act is repealed

4. Citations

5. Abbreviations, terms and symbols

  am       =       amended; used when only part of a section or of a heading is or may be changed
  comm       =       commencement
  conseq       =       consequential amendments and repeals
  Div       =       Division
  eff       =       effect(ive)
  en       =       enacted; used when an entire section or heading is added
  expires       =       an enactment ceases to apply or to have effect other than by repeal
  hdg       =       heading
  inoperative       =       a change cannot be effected
  OIC       =       order in council
  op susp       =       operation suspended: the operation of an enactment is suspended for a period
  RA       =       Royal Assent
  re-en       =       re-enacted; used when an entire section or heading is repealed and substituted
  reg       =       regulation
  rem       =       remainder (used with "part")
  rep       =       repealed; used when an Act or an entire section or heading is or may be repealed
  retro       =       retroactive(ly)
  rev       =       revised; used opposite original provisions of new statute revision Acts after RS1996
  revised       =       used opposite an Act replaced by a new statute revision Act
  s. (ss.)       =       section(s)
  Sch(s)       =       Schedule(s)
  Supp       =       Supplement
  trans       =       transitional provision
  valid       =       validated: a regulation or order in council is confirmed and validated by an Act of the Legislature
  < >       =       used to set off a not-in-force entry that is effectively repealed or superseded or any entry that is inoperative
        =      used in a bullet to set off the entry for one not-in-force change from the entry for a subsequent not-in-force change that affects the first change