Text Box: Canada's Constitution

The Canadian Constitution is supreme law in Canada based on the Magna Carta.  It is one of the oldest working constitutions working in the world. The constitution is an amalgamation of acts, traditions and conventions that outlines governance, and the rights of citizens and others in Canada.

British North America Act, 1867
The first of 20 British North America Acts, but remains the most celebrated (Dominion Day) and understood as the document of Canadian Confederation.
In 1982 it was renamed the “Constitution Act, 1867”, Dominion Day became Canada Day.

The Constitution Act, 1982 was the formal Canadian Act of Parliament that achieved full and final political independence form the United Kingdom.

Constitution of Canada

“Conference at Quebec in 1864, to settle the basics of a union of the British North American Provinces.”

Also knows as
“Fathers of the Confederation”


1884 painting by Robert Harris depicting the negotiations that would lead to the enactment of the British North America Act, 1867.


Formed the Dominion of Canada on July 1, 1867

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Canadian Human Rights Act

R.S.C., 1985, c.H-6

Current to March 2013

Full PDF Text:

Canada Act 1982

1982 CHAPTER 11

While the site can be confusing, All recent codes, statues and acts can be found at the Department of Justice Canada link  (Federal)



code. (18c) 1. A complete system of positive law, carefully arranged and officially promulgated; a systematic collection or revision of laws, rules, or regulations.


statute. (14c) A law passed by a legislative body; specif., legislation enacted by any lawmaking body, including legislatures, administrative boards, and municipal courts.

The term act is interchangeable as a synonym.


A person’s testimony on a deposition, in an affidavit, or before a court of law can take on different meanings for different people.

dropsy testimony. (1970) Slang. A police officer’s false testimony that a fleeing suspect dropped an illegal substance that was then confiscated by the police and used as probable cause for arresting the suspect.


Dropsy testimony is sometimes given when an arrest has been made without probable cause, as when illegal substances have been found through an improper search


expert testimony / expert evidence. Evidence about a scientific, technical, professional, or other specialized issue given by a person qualified to testify becase of familiarity termed expert testimony.  Fed. R. Evid. 702. See DAUBERT TEST. [Cases: Criminal Law Key 469-494; Evidence key 505-574]

Health Care Act: C-6


The Motor Vehicle Act for your province can be access via CanLII, search for “Motor Vehicle Act” and select the province for which it applies to your case and click `search`.

Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes Act (2000, c. 24)


Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (1996, c. 19)


Income Tax Act (1985, c. 1 (5th Supp.))


Courts of Justice Act


Police Act


Criminal Code of Canada

R.S.C., 1985, c. C-46

Current to: February 6, 2014

Other Information

A Consolidation of

The Constitution Acts 1867 to 1982


Consolidated as of January 1, 2013

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