Also called a statute. When a Bill (proposed law) passes third reading in the Legislative Assembly, and receives Royal Assent, it is thereby enacted and becomes an Act or law.
Public Statutes generally deal with issues of significance for the whole province.
Private, Local and Special Statutes are enacted by the Legislature on behalf of a person, a group, a municipality or a corporation, and affect only the interests of that person or group.
See also Regulation.
An adjournment temporarily ends a sitting or a Session. All business not concluded at the time of adjournment is resumed at the next sitting or Session.
See also Dissolution; Prorogation.
A modification made to the text of a Bill, Act or regulation by adding, removing or substituting text.
See Report Bill.
A Bill that proposes to amend an existing Act by adding, removing or substituting text in the existing Act.
A regulation that amends an existing regulation or Act by adding, removing or substituting text.
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 a cumulative Table of Legislative Changes.
Members of the governing party who have been appointed ministers (heads of government ministries). Also called the Executive Council.
When a Bill becomes an Act, as soon as it receives Royal Assent it is assigned a chapter number. The Act is then cited by its chapter number and year of passage; for example, the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets Act, introduced as Bill 17 of 2007, became Chapter 42 of the Statutes of British Columbia 2007, and is cited as S.B.C. 2007, c.42.
The numerical reference for a statute or regulation; for example, the citation for the Adoption Act is R.S.B.C. 1996, c.5, which refers to Chapter 5 of the Revised Statutes of British Columbia of 1996. You may also come across citations in this format: 2002-12-25, which refers to the year of enactment, chapter number, and section number.
The citation for the Coal Act Regulation is B.C. Reg 251/2004, which is the number assigned by the Registrar of Regulations when the regulation was deposited, and the year of deposit.
Coming into force
The time when an Act or regulation takes effect and becomes the law. Acts come into force on the date of Royal Assent, unless the Act specifies otherwise in a commencement section. Different provisions of the Act may come into force on different dates. The commencement section details how the Act or different provisions of the Act are to come into force: either on a specified date, under specified circumstances, or by regulation. Regulations usually come into force on the date of deposit, unless there is another date specified in the regulation.
Sometimes an Act has a commencement section (usually the last section in the Act) which details how and when the Act (or different provisions of the Act) comes into force. If there is no commencement section, the Act comes into force on the date of Royal Assent.
If a Bill passes second reading it moves to the committee stage (usually the Committee of the Whole House) where it is debated provision by provision. At this stage amendments to a Bill may be proposed. If a Bill is amended it is usually reprinted for the Report stage. If the Bill is not amended it may go directly to third reading.
A complete, cross-referenced, alphabetical listing of Acts passed during a particular sitting of the Legislative Assembly, includes the following information: Act title, Bill number, citation, which provisions of the Bill affect the named Act, whether the legislation comes into force on Royal Assent or by Regulation, and the corresponding effective dates.
The electronic listing is available on BC Laws. This listing includes data from 1997 to January 2012.
Every four months, approximately, new regulations of general public interest are consolidated and published by the Queen's Printer in looseleaf format. The publication is identified by an "instalment" or "consolidation" number and cut-off date, and is formatted for insertion into the binder volumes of the Consolidated Regulations of British Columbia. Any amendments to existing regulations, that are in force at the cut-off date, are included and are blended into the original text (consolidated). Historical notes are provided to keep track of changes.
See also Gazette; Historical Note; Official Version.
The electronic (unofficial) version of the Consolidated Regulations is available on BC Laws.
To purchase official print consolidations contact Crown Publications, Queen's Printer.
Consolidated Statutes of British Columbia ("the Looseleaf")
At the end of each legislative session, all new public Acts are consolidated and published by the Queen's Printer in looseleaf format. The consolidation is assigned an "amendment" or "consolidation" number and cut-off date for publication. Any amendments to existing Acts, that are in force at the cut-off date, are included and are blended into the original text (consolidated). A Table of Legislative Changes keeps track of the amendments, both those that are in force and those that are not in force at the cut-off date.
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.
See also Official Version.
The electronic (unofficial) version of the Consolidated Statutes is available on BC Laws.
To purchase official print consolidations contactCrown Publications, Queen's Printer.
The period of time during which new material is incorporated into an instalment of the statutes and regulations. The date that accompanies each consolidation is the end date for that consolidation period, and serves as the cut-off date for publication.
Includes Corporate registry notices for company, extra-provincial company and societies filings such as Amalgamations, Change of Name, Continuations (In and Out), Dissolutions, Incorporations, Intent to Cancel Registrations, Intent to Dissolve, Limited Restorations, Registrations Cancelled, Restorations.
The company and extra-provincial company notices include data from January 2003 to present. The society notices include data from August 2011 to present. The Corporate Registry notices are available on BC Laws.
A collection of all legislation currently in force in the Province of British Columbia, including an early look at new Acts, regulations and amendments that have come into force since the last official consolidation was published. The current consolidation provides access to new legislation before the official print versions are available. The current consolidation is not an official version.
See also Consolidated Statutes; Consolidated Regulations; Official Version.
The current consolidations of statutes and regulations are published on BC Laws.
Dissolution ends a parliament. This is done by the Lieutenant Governor and is followed by a general election.
See also Adjournment; Prorogation.
A term used to describe the act of making a law.
The introduction of a Bill to the House is called First Reading. The MLA sponsoring the Bill introduces the proposed law and explains its purpose. The Bill is not debated at this time but MLAs vote on whether to accept it for further debate. A second or third reading may follow.
See also Bill Stages; Committee; Second Reading; Third Reading.
First Reading Bill
For its introduction of a Bill into the House, a Bill is printed in first reading format which includes explanatory notes about the purpose of the Bill.
See also Bill Stages; Report Bill; Third Reading Bill.
The British Columbia Gazette is published by the Queen's Printer under the authority of the Queen's Printer Act and the Regulations Act. Part I of the Gazette is published weekly and contains legal and official notices and proclamations. Part II is published every two weeks and contains the full text of all new regulations.
Print copies of The Gazette are available from Crown Publications, Queen's Printer. Part I and II of The Gazette are also available on BC Laws. Gazette Part I includes issues from January 2003 to present. Gazette Part II includes issues from October 2001 to present.
The verbatim transcript of what is said in the Legislative Assembly debates and in committees.
Print copies of Hansard are available from Crown Publications, Queen's Printer.
Hansard debates from March 17, 2002 to present are available on BC Laws.
A note that follows a regulation section, detailing the enactment and amendment history of that section; for example, [en. B.C. Reg. 327/96, s. 1; am. B.C. Reg. 356/2000, s. 2.] In this example, the regulation section was enacted by section 1 of regulation 327/96, and later amended by section 2 of regulation 356/2000.
Historical Supreme Court Rules
Provides a full text of BC Regulation 310/76 and BC Regulation 221/90, as originally enacted. These two regulations were originally not reproduced in full within Gazette Part II at the time they were enacted; subsequent amendments to both regulations were gazetted.
Derived from the term House of Assembly, the "House" is now used most frequently to describe the members (MLAs) of the Legislative Assembly collectively.
All the elected members of the provincial legislative assembly (MLAs) as a group, whether in government or opposition.
Formally, the Lieutenant Governor acting by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Assembly. The term is also commonly used to refer to the provincial parliament buildings which house the chamber where debates take place, the legislative library, and offices of staff and MLAs.
The Queen's representative in each province of Canada. The Lieutenant Governor’s approval (Royal Assent) is needed for a Bill to become law.
Lieutenant Governor in Council
The Lieutenant Governor acting by and with the advice and consent of the Executive Council.
Minister of Finance full-text Directives and Resumes
The Minister of Finance Directives are issued under Section 47(1) of the Financial Administration Act and are necessary to introduce or change fees when there is no other legislation available; the fee is considered as a temporary measure; the fee is authorized for cross-government purposes; or there is a crisis or urgent situation. The Resumes are summaries of the Minister of Finance directives and for informational purposes only.
Only available on BC Laws. The documents include Directives from 1983 to present.
A Member of the Legislative Assembly who is elected to represent, in the provincial parliament, the citizens of his or her riding.
A proposal put to the Legislative Assembly framed in such a way as to seek the House's opinion or decision. A motion initiates all business undertaken by the House.
See also Annual Bound Statutes; Consolidated Statutes; Consolidated Regulations.
Order, Order in Council, Ministerial Order
Subordinate legislation made under the authority of a statute. Orders may be made by the Lieutenant Governor in Council, a minister, or an authorized official or body. Orders are generally used to handle day-to-day administrative matters. While most orders are administrative in nature, some may be classed as regulations.
The period between general elections composed of sessions that are made up of individual sittings in the House; for example, The 36th Parliament, 2nd Session. Also, a term commonly used to refer to the Legislative Assembly.
Point in Time (PIT)
Tables linking users to an on-going list which shows how sections of an act or regulation read prior to an amendment or repeal.
Act PITs from September 2000 and Regulations PITs from September 2009 are available on BCLaws.
Regulation PITs include the full text of regulations that may have ceased to have effect but have not been repealed and regulations that were not included in, or were removed from, the publication Consolidated Regulations of British Columbia.
Proclamations by the Lieutenant Governor are used to convene, prorogue or dissolve the Legislative Assembly. Proclamations are also used to give official support to an event or cause by declaring it; for instance, Earth Day.
Prorogation ends a parliamentary session, abolishing all pending business and halting all committee work.
See also Adjournment; Dissolution.
A clause in a law specifying a particular condition or requirement.
Provisions in Force
A list of all Acts affected (enacted, amended or repealed) during a session of the Legislative Assembly.
Whereas an Act provides the policy framework, the regulation(s) under the Act provide the details to give effect to the policy. Not all Acts have regulations. Sometimes regulations are used to bring Acts into force.
A summary of all regulations deposited with the Registrar of Regulations during a given period (usually a week). The Cumulative Bulletin lists all regulations deposited during a calendar year.
When laws are repealed they are no longer in force.
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 the regulation expires, unless a replacement Act with similar authority takes its place.
If a Bill has been amended during committee debate it is reprinted in a version which highlights the changes and has the heading "For Report". This version is referred to as a Report Bill or an Amended Bill. The Bill can then be presented for third reading.
See also Bill Stages; First Reading Bill; Third Reading Bill.
Periodically (every 10 to 20 years in B.C.) the public statutes are revised, primarily to consolidate amendments, simplify the numbering, reorganize the content and update the language. The most recent revision was published in 1996 and is referred to as the Revised Statutes of British Columbia, 1996 (R.S.B.C. 1996). The 1996 Revision contains all public Acts that were in force on December 31, 1996, as they appeared on that day.
The official print version of the 1996 Statute Revision is available from Crown Publications, Queen's Printer. The 1996 Revision is also available on BC Laws.
After a Bill has passed third reading in the Legislative Assembly, the Lieutenant Governor, on behalf of the Queen, assents to the Bill by signing it. The Bill is thereby enacted and becomes an Act, i.e. a law. 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 abbreviation for the Revised Statutes of British Columbia. The citation R.S.B.C. 1996, c.22 indicates the statute was revised and republished as chapter 22 of
the 1996 Revision.The Revised Statutes of 1996 stated the law as of
December 31, 1996.
The abbreviation for the Statutes of British Columbia. The citation S.B.C. 2003 c.25 indicates chapter 25 of the statutes enacted in 2003.
At second reading Members of the Legislative Assembly debate a Bill’s general principles and goals. If the Bill passes second reading it moves to the committee stage where it is debated provision by provision.
See also Bill Stages; Committee; First Reading; Third Reading
A session is made up of a series of sittings of the Legislative Assembly during a parliament. A session begins with the Speech from the Throne and ends with prorogation or dissolution. At least one session of the Legislative Assembly is held each year.
See also Parliament; Sitting.
A meeting of the Legislative Assembly.
See also Parliament; Session.
Statutes as originally enacted by the Legislative Assembly; and regulations as filed or deposited with the Registrar of Regulations.
This table identifies "Changes Not in Force" and "Changes in Force" of an Act. The table includes the Section of the Act affected by changes; the nature of these changes; the enactment making the changes; "Changes Not in Force", and also, how the changes are to come into force.
The first edition (January 1, 1997 to December 31, 2004) and second edition (January 1, 2005 to present) Table of Legislative Changes (TLCs) are published on BCLaws.
Prior to the Statue Revision the Historical Table provided similar information as the Table of Legislative Chances for Acts from 1979 to the 1996 Revision. Historical Tables are also available on BCLaws.
Table of Statutes - Repealed, Replaced and Renamed
This table assists with tracking outdated legislation. It covers public statutes since 1897 to April 2011 that have been repealed and not replaced; repealed and replaced by a statute with a different title; or statutes that have been retitled either by amendment of the Legislature or during revision.
Available on BCLaws.
Third Reading is the final opportunity for the legislative assembly to debate a Bill before a final vote is taken on whether to pass it, although the Bill is not usually debated at this stage. Once a Bill has passed third reading the Speaker announces that it is an Act of the Legislative Assembly.
See also Bill Stages; Committee; First Reading; Second Reading.