Until recently the only official publication source for the laws of Canada was the Queens Printer paper version.

Recently the internet electronic version was given “official status” and can be used for evidentiary purposes in court and therefore they offer the official side-by-side bilingual version as well.

Oh yes and all your links to government sites and pages may be changing as they standardize…

From the Dept. of Justice website:

Update Notice

The Justice Laws are moving to a new Web site to conform to the Government of Canada’s Common Look and Feel Standards for the Internet (CLF 2.0). We will be monitoring the Web site and thank you for your patience during this transition period.

Consolidation Official

As of June 1, 2009, all consolidated Acts and regulations on the Justice Laws Web site are “official”, meaning that they can be used for evidentiary purposes.

Amendments made to the Statute Revision Act, renamed the Legislation Revision and Consolidation Act by chapter 5 of the 2000 Statutes of Canada, in force on June 1, 2009, authorize the Minister of Justice to publish an electronic consolidation of statutes and regulations and provide that the consolidation is evidence of those statutes and regulations. The Act also provides that, in the case of any inconsistency between the consolidated statute or regulation and the original or a subsequent amendment, the original or amendment prevails. For the text of the relevant provisions of the Act, click here.

Bilingual PDFs Available

A side-by-side bilingual PDF version of all Acts and regulations is now available. You can access the PDF version at the head of each page of an Act or regulation. A PDF version of certain Acts and regulations is also available on the Main page of this site and in the Frequently Accessed Laws list in the Related Resources section.

From: DoJ website

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