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

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Act current to 2019-08-28 and last amended on 2015-02-26. Previous Versions

Repeal and Amendment (continued)

Marginal note:Repeal and substitution

 Where an enactment, in this section called the “former enactment”, is repealed and another enactment, in this section called the “new enactment”, is substituted therefor,

  • (a) every person acting under the former enactment shall continue to act, as if appointed under the new enactment, until another person is appointed in the stead of that person;

  • (b) every bond and security given by a person appointed under the former enactment remains in force, and all books, papers, forms and things made or used under the former enactment shall continue to be used as before the repeal in so far as they are consistent with the new enactment;

  • (c) every proceeding taken under the former enactment shall be taken up and continued under and in conformity with the new enactment in so far as it may be done consistently with the new enactment;

  • (d) the procedure established by the new enactment shall be followed as far as it can be adapted thereto

    • (i) in the recovery or enforcement of fines, penalties and forfeitures imposed under the former enactment,

    • (ii) in the enforcement of rights, existing or accruing under the former enactment, and

    • (iii) in a proceeding in relation to matters that have happened before the repeal;

  • (e) when any punishment, penalty or forfeiture is reduced or mitigated by the new enactment, the punishment, penalty or forfeiture if imposed or adjudged after the repeal shall be reduced or mitigated accordingly;

  • (f) except to the extent that the provisions of the new enactment are not in substance the same as those of the former enactment, the new enactment shall not be held to operate as new law, but shall be construed and have effect as a consolidation and as declaratory of the law as contained in the former enactment;

  • (g) all regulations made under the repealed enactment remain in force and are deemed to have been made under the new enactment, in so far as they are not inconsistent with the new enactment, until they are repealed or others made in their stead; and

  • (h) any reference in an unrepealed enactment to the former enactment shall, with respect to a subsequent transaction, matter or thing, be read and construed as a reference to the provisions of the new enactment relating to the same subject-matter as the former enactment, but where there are no provisions in the new enactment relating to the same subject-matter, the former enactment shall be read as unrepealed in so far as is necessary to maintain or give effect to the unrepealed enactment.

  • R.S., c. I-23, s. 36

Marginal note:Repeal does not imply enactment was in force

  •  (1) The repeal of an enactment in whole or in part shall not be deemed to be or to involve a declaration that the enactment was previously in force or was considered by Parliament or other body or person by whom the enactment was enacted to have been previously in force.

  • Marginal note:Amendment does not imply change in law

    (2) The amendment of an enactment shall not be deemed to be or to involve a declaration that the law under that enactment was or was considered by Parliament or other body or person by whom the enactment was enacted to have been different from the law as it is under the enactment as amended.

  • Marginal note:Repeal does not declare previous law

    (3) The repeal or amendment of an enactment in whole or in part shall not be deemed to be or to involve any declaration as to the previous state of the law.

  • Marginal note:Judicial construction not adopted

    (4) A re-enactment, revision, consolidation or amendment of an enactment shall not be deemed to be or to involve an adoption of the construction that has by judicial decision or otherwise been placed on the language used in the enactment or on similar language.

  • R.S., c. I-23, s. 37

Demise of Crown

Marginal note:Effect of demise

  •  (1) Where there is a demise of the Crown,

    • (a) the demise does not affect the holding of any office under the Crown in right of Canada; and

    • (b) it is not necessary by reason of the demise that the holder of any such office again be appointed thereto or, having taken an oath of office or allegiance before the demise, again take that oath.

  • Marginal note:Continuation of proceedings

    (2) No writ, action or other process or proceeding, civil or criminal, in or issuing out of any court established by an Act is, by reason of a demise of the Crown, determined, abated, discontinued or affected, but every such writ, action, process or proceeding remains in full force and may be enforced, carried on or otherwise proceeded with or completed as though there had been no such demise.

  • R.S., c. I-23, s. 38
 
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