On BC Laws you will find every public Act, and every regulation of general public interest, currently in force in the province of British Columbia, including new and recently amended laws that have yet to be published in official print formats. This current consolidation is an unofficial version of B.C. Statutes and Regulations.
In addition to the public Acts and Regulations, you will find the Private, Special and Local Acts from 1950 to the present.
See Questions 18 and 19 for copyright information.
A consolidated Act or regulation is one in which the substance of any amendments has been blended into the original.
A "consolidation" refers to a collection of consolidated Acts or regulations that have been enacted or amended during a given time period, and are then published. The published consolidations are identified by a cut-off date and a consolidation number, also referred to as an amendment number (statutes) or instalment number (regulations).
The laws are listed alphabetically by Act name. Regulations are listed under the Act that authorizes them. Click on the letters of the alphabet to browse through the Acts. Click on the Act title to open the folder. Click on the document title to view the document. To return to the list of statutes or the BC Laws home page, use the browser "back" arrow or click on the breadcrumb navigation links at the top of the page, e.g. "BC Laws Home > Statutes and Regulations>.
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6. What does the green underlined text in some of the Acts signify?
Recent amendments to an Act are shown in green underlined text to make it easy to find what has changed. When the current consolidation reaches its cut-off date and is archived, a new consolidation is published in regular text format with all the amendments from the previous consolidation blended in. Any subsequent amendments are shown in green underlined text.
7. What is the "official" version of B.C. Statutes and Regulations?
The official version refers to the official print versions of the statutes and regulations published by the Queen's Printer under the authority of the Queen's Printer Act and the Regulations Act. Official versions are published in these formats:
Annual Bound Statutes: a hardcover publication containing all new public and private Acts and Amendment Acts that have come into force during the calendar year.
Statute consolidations: a looseleaf publication, containing all new public Acts and amendments enacted during a legislative session.
Regulation consolidations: a looseleaf publication printed approximately every four months, containing new regulations and amendments enacted during the four-month period.
Individual consolidated statutes and regulations: printed with any amendments blended into the original.
8. What do the dates at the top of an Act refer to?
The "Assented to" date at the top of some public Acts (usually those enacted after the latest Revision) refers to the date of Royal Assent. Unless an Act contains a stated effective date, or a provision requiring that it be brought into force by regulation, it comes into force on the day Royal Assent is given.
The year of enactment appears below the Act title; for instance, S.B.C. 2003 (Statutes of British Columbia) or R.S.B.C. 1996 (Revised Statutes of British Columbia).
9. What do the dates at the top of a regulation refer to?
The deposit date at the top of most regulations indicates the date the regulation was filed with the Registrar of Regulations. Unless there is a stated "effective date" below the deposit date, the regulation comes into force on the date of deposit.
In regulations that have been amended since the previous consolidation was published, there is a note under the regulation title in this format: [includes amendments up to B.C. Reg. 304/2008, October 31, 2008]; which provides the number of the most recent amending regulation and the effective date for the amendment.
When laws are repealed they are no longer in force and cease to be the law. Statutes and Regulations can be repealed; repealed and replaced by another statute or regulation with a different title; or renamed. They can also have built-in expiry provisions, or be enacted for a specific period, after which they are considered to be spent without the need for repeal. If the Act under which a regulation is authorized is no longer in force then the regulation expires, unless a replacement Act with similar authority takes its place.
13. How can I find out which provisions in an Act have been amended?
On BC Laws, a Table of Legislative Changes (TLC) accompanies Acts which have been amended. The TLC lists all amendments made to an individual Act by section, including citations and the date on which an amendment comes into force. The TLC is found in the Act folder. A cumulative Table of Legislative Changes is published in the Annual Bound Statutes.
BC Laws contains only those forms that comprise part of a regulation. If a regulation contains forms, they will usually be found at the end of the regulation. You must print out the forms to use them. They cannot be filled in or submitted online.
18. Are statutes and regulations protected by copyright?
In support of the British Columbia government's Open Data Policy, BC Laws delivers expanded content and open access to the data published on the site. All documents on BC Laws are now published under a permissible license, which allows commercial and non-commercial access to, and use of, the legislative materials on the site (please check the license here as some restrictions apply).
Annual Bound Statutes: Buckram Bound hardcover. After the end of each calendar year, the Queen's Printer publishes an official hardcover version of all new Acts and Amendment Acts, both public and private, that were enacted during the year. In the case of private Acts, the hardcover edition is likely the final publication, since most private Acts are rarely consolidated or revised.
The hardcover version includes: all public and private Acts and Amendment Acts that have come into force during a calendar year; cumulative Tables of Legislative Changes; and cross-referencing for Bill numbers and Chapter numbers.
Statute Consolidations: After the end of each legislative session (usually twice per year), all new public Acts and amendments to existing Acts are published by the Queen's Printer in looseleaf format. The consolidation is assigned an "amendment" number and cut-off date for publication. Often referred to as "the looseleaf", the consolidated statutes are formatted for insertion into the binder volumes of the most recent Statute Revision, so that the statutes may be kept up-to-date.
The Statute Consolidations include: all new public Acts and amendments to existing Acts that are in force at the cut-off date, with amendments blended into the original text (consolidated); and Tables of Legislative Changes.
Individual consolidated Acts: Includes the entire Act with any amendments blended in; Supplement (if applicable); and a Table of Legislative Change.
Regulation Consolidations: Every four months, approximately, new regulations of general public interest and amendments to existing regulations are published by the Queen's Printer in looseleaf format. Any amendments are blended into the original text (consolidated). The publication is formatted for insertion into the binder volumes of the Consolidated Regulations of British Columbia.
The Regulation Consolidations include: all new regulations of general public interest and amendments to existing regulations that are in force at the consolidation cut-off date; historical notes to keep track of changes; and a statute-regulation title concordance for determining which Act has authority for the regulation.
Individual consolidated regulations: Includes the entire regulation with any amendments blended in; and historical notes.
OTHER PUBLICATIONS Under the Regulations Act, regulations must be published in Part II of The British Columbia Gazette, which is published in print format every two weeks, and is available from Crown Publications, Queen's Printer. The Gazette is also available on BC Laws.
25. How can I create a bookmark link to an Act or regulation, and ensure the link will remain active?
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