List of summaries, consolidations and regulations
The Interpretation Act, 1995
The Interpretation Act, 1995 establishes general rules that govern the interpretation of all statutory instruments.
A statutory instrument is a provincial Act, regulation, order in council, rule of court, form, tariff of costs or fees, proclamation, letter patent, bylaw or resolution enacted under a power conferred by a provincial Act.
The Act deals with matters that generally affect all statutory instruments. Dealing with these matters in one Act removes the need to repeat them in every statutory instrument. The purpose of The Interpretation Act, 1995 is to ensure a uniform interpretation of statutory instruments and to facilitate the drafting of clearer and simpler statutory instruments.
Unless otherwise indicated in the statutory instrument, the Act applies to every statutory instrument. However, the Act does not apply to court orders or to orders made by a public officer or administrative tribunal with respect to a dispute between two or more persons.
Among the important matters dealt with in the Act are:
The Act also defines words that are commonly used in statutory instruments. This eliminates the need to define these words every time they are used in an enactment.
The Act provides that no provincial Act affects the rights of the Crown unless it expressly states that the Crown is bound by it, and no Act or regulation lessens Aboriginal and treaty rights under the Constitution Act, 1982.