Regulation Prior to Commencement
Marginal note:Preliminary proceedings
7. Where an enactment is not in force and it contains provisions conferring power to make regulations or do any other thing, that power may, for the purpose of making the enactment effective on its commencement, be exercised at any time before its commencement, but a regulation so made or a thing so done has no effect until the commencement of the enactment, except in so far as may be necessary to make the enactment effective on its commencement.
- R.S., c. I-23, s. 7.
Marginal note:Territorial operation
8. (1) Every enactment applies to the whole of Canada, unless a contrary intention is expressed in the enactment.
Marginal note:Amending enactment
(2) Where an enactment that does not apply to the whole of Canada is amended, no provision in the amending enactment applies to any part of Canada to which the amended enactment does not apply, unless it is provided in the amending enactment that it applies to that part of Canada or to the whole of Canada.
Marginal note:Exclusive economic zone of Canada
(2.1) Every enactment that applies in respect of exploring or exploiting, conserving or managing natural resources, whether living or non-living, applies, in addition to its application to Canada, to the exclusive economic zone of Canada, unless a contrary intention is expressed in the enactment.
Marginal note:Continental shelf of Canada
(2.2) Every enactment that applies in respect of exploring or exploiting natural resources that are
(a) mineral or other non-living resources of the seabed or subsoil, or
(b) living organisms belonging to sedentary species, that is to say, organisms that, at the harvestable stage, either are immobile on or under the seabed or are unable to move except in constant physical contact with the seabed or subsoil
applies, in addition to its application to Canada, to the continental shelf of Canada, unless a contrary intention is expressed in the enactment.
Marginal note:Extra-territorial operation
(3) Every Act now in force enacted prior to December 11, 1931 that expressly or by necessary or reasonable implication was intended, as to the whole or any part thereof, to have extra-territorial operation shall be construed as if, at the date of its enactment, the Parliament of Canada had full power to make laws having extra-territorial operation as provided by the Statute of Westminster, 1931.
- R.S., 1985, c. I-21, s. 8;
- 1996, c. 31, s. 86.
RULES OF CONSTRUCTION
Property and Civil Rights
Marginal note:Duality of legal traditions and application of provincial law
8.1 Both the common law and the civil law are equally authoritative and recognized sources of the law of property and civil rights in Canada and, unless otherwise provided by law, if in interpreting an enactment it is necessary to refer to a province’s rules, principles or concepts forming part of the law of property and civil rights, reference must be made to the rules, principles and concepts in force in the province at the time the enactment is being applied.
- 2001, c. 4, s. 8.
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