Interpretation Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. I-21)

Act current to 2014-12-08 and last amended on 2014-04-01. Previous Versions

ENACTING CLAUSE OF ACTS

Marginal note:Enacting clause
  •  (1) The enacting clause of an Act may be in the following form:

    “Her Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate and House of Commons of Canada, enacts as follows:”.

  • Marginal note:Order of clauses

    (2) The enacting clause of an Act shall follow the preamble, if any, and the various provisions within the purview or body of the Act shall follow in a concise and enunciative form.

  • R.S., c. I-23, s. 4.

OPERATION

Royal Assent

Marginal note:Royal assent
  •  (1) The Clerk of the Parliaments shall endorse on every Act, immediately after its title, the day, month and year when the Act was assented to in Her Majesty’s name and the endorsement shall be a part of the Act.

  • Marginal note:Date of commencement

    (2) If no date of commencement is provided for in an Act, the date of commencement of that Act is the date of assent to the Act.

  • Marginal note:Commencement provision

    (3) Where an Act contains a provision that the Act or any portion thereof is to come into force on a day later than the date of assent to the Act, that provision is deemed to have come into force on the date of assent to the Act.

  • Marginal note:Commencement when no date fixed

    (4) Where an Act provides that certain provisions thereof are to come or are deemed to have come into force on a day other than the date of assent to the Act, the remaining provisions of the Act are deemed to have come into force on the date of assent to the Act.

  • R.S., c. I-23, s. 5.

Day Fixed for Commencement or Repeal

Marginal note:Operation when date fixed for commencement or repeal
  •  (1) Where an enactment is expressed to come into force on a particular day, it shall be construed as coming into force on the expiration of the previous day, and where an enactment is expressed to expire, lapse or otherwise cease to have effect on a particular day, it shall be construed as ceasing to have effect on the commencement of the following day.

  • Marginal note:When no date fixed

    (2) Every enactment that is not expressed to come into force on a particular day shall be construed as coming into force

    • (a) in the case of an Act, on the expiration of the day immediately before the day the Act was assented to in Her Majesty’s name; and

    • (b) in the case of a regulation, on the expiration of the day immediately before the day the regulation was registered pursuant to section 6 of the Statutory Instruments Act or, if the regulation is of a class that is exempted from the application of subsection 5(1) of that Act, on the expiration of the day immediately before the day the regulation was made.

  • Marginal note:Judicial notice

    (3) Judicial notice shall be taken of a day for the coming into force of an enactment that is fixed by a regulation that has been published in the Canada Gazette.

  • R.S., 1985, c. I-21, s. 6;
  • 1992, c. 1, s. 87.