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Royal Assent Act (S.C. 2002, c. 15)

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Royal Assent Act

S.C. 2002, c. 15

Assented to 2002-06-04

An Act respecting royal assent to bills passed by the Houses of Parliament


WHEREAS royal assent is the constitutional culmination of the legislative process;

WHEREAS the customary ceremony of royal assent, which assembles the three constituent entities of Parliament, is an important legislative tradition to be preserved;

AND WHEREAS it is desirable to facilitate the work of Parliament and the process of enactment by enabling royal assent to be signified by written declaration;

NOW, THEREFORE, Her Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate and House of Commons of Canada, enacts as follows:

Marginal note:Short title

 This Act may be cited as the Royal Assent Act.

Marginal note:Form and manner of royal assent

 Royal assent to a bill passed by the Houses of Parliament may be signified, during the session in which both Houses pass the bill,

  • (a) in Parliament assembled; or

  • (b) by written declaration.

Marginal note:Use of customary form and manner

  •  (1) Royal assent shall be signified in Parliament assembled at least twice in each calendar year.

  • Marginal note:Minimum requirement

    (2) Royal assent shall be signified in Parliament assembled in the case of the first bill of the session appropriating sums for the public service of Canada based upon main or supplementary estimates.

  • Marginal note:Witness of assent

    (3) The signification of royal assent by written declaration may be witnessed by more than one member from each House of Parliament.

Marginal note:Notification in Parliament

 Each House of Parliament shall be notified of a written declaration of royal assent by the Speaker of that House or by the person acting as Speaker.

Marginal note:Date of assent

 Where royal assent is signified by written declaration, the Act is deemed to be assented to on the day on which the two Houses of Parliament have been notified of the declaration.

Marginal note:Declaration not a statutory instrument

 A written declaration of royal assent is not a statutory instrument for the purposes of the Statutory Instruments Act.

Marginal note:Saving

 No royal assent is invalid only because section 3 is not complied with.


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