1. Where are paper copies of the Acts and Regulations kept?
2. What is an “official” version of an Act or Regulation, and how can I get one?
3. How current is the data on the Yukon Legislation Website?
4. What is a consolidation?
5. How do I find the law I need?
6. How do I search within a document?
7. How do I search within a pdf document on the Yukon Legislation Website?
8. What does the date at the top of the Act refer to?
9. How can I find out which provisions in an Act have been amended?
10. Are federal or provincial laws available on line?
11. Where can I find draft legislation that is out for public consultation?
The official version of an Act or Regulation is the paper copy published by and available from the Queen's Printer. Paper copies may also be viewed at the Yukon Public Law Library. The originals of the Acts enacted by the Legislature are in the custody of the Clerk of the Legislative Assembly and the originals of Regulations enacted are in the custody of the Registrar of Regulations.
The Yukon Legislation Website is updated continually as new laws and provisions come into force. Every effort is made to update the website as soon as possible after the new laws are available. New regulations and amendments to existing regulations are usually posted within 15 business days. New Acts and amendments to existing Acts are usually posted within 20 business days.
A consolidated Act or regulation is one in which the substance of any amendments has been blended into the original text.
On the Yukon Legislation Website, there are several ways to access Acts and Regulations. You can access all current Acts and Regulations by clicking on Acts and Regulations. To browse, use the alphabet list to link to pages containing Acts beginning with a given letter. Scroll down the page until you find the title of the Act you want and click on the icon beside the title. You can then click on the icon beside Act or Regulations. If you click on Act, you can access the Act and links to any Acts that amend the Act. If you click on Regulations, you can access the consolidated Regulations made under the Act and any New Regulations made since the last update to the consolidation.
You can also look at Acts passed in each year (from 2003 onwards) by clicking on Annual Acts and clicking on the link to each year.
Acts can also be accessed under the Table of Public Statutes, Part 1 which lists Acts in alphabetical order and has links to amendments made to the Acts.
To find regulations, you can also click in the Index of Regulations. This is a list of all consolidated Regulations of the Yukon in alphabetical order by Act. You can scroll through this list and access the Regulation you wish to look at. The Index also includes the legislative history of all of the Orders-in-Council that have amended the Regulations (and these amendments are included in the consolidated Regulations). You can access these amending Orders-in-Council by clicking on the link.
To search the website, you use the Google Search function in the top right hand side of the page. You type in your search term, select “Legislation” as the search field, and click Google Search.
Once you have clicked on the Act or Regulation you wish to look at, you can then search within that pdf document by using the “Find” box at the top of the page. Type in the term you wish to search in the “Find” box and then click the “Find Next” button or hit “Enter” on your keyboard. For more information on how to search a pdf document, please see .
The "Assented to" date at the top of Acts (enacted in the years after the latest Revision) refers to the date the Commissioner assented to the Act. Sometimes an Act has a commencement or coming into force section which details how and when the Act or different provisions of the Act come into force. If there is no commencement or coming into force section, the Act comes into force on the date of Assent. Acts included in the Revised Statutes of the Yukon 2002 will not have an Assent date at the top because all of those Acts are deemed to have come into force on January 1, 2003.
Look at Part 1 of the Table of Public Statutes for the name of the Act. The sections of the Act that have been amended, repealed or added are listed along with the citation of and link to the Act where the amendment is found. You can also find this information under Acts and Regulations by clicking on the icon beside the name of the Act, and then selecting Act. There you can access the Act and links to Acts that amend the Act.
Yes, CanLII is the Canadian Legal Information Institute (CanLII) website. It has links to legislation and other legal material of the federal government, provincial governments and other jurisdictions.
Typically, the Department that is sponsoring the legislation will have it posted on their websites. You can access Departmental websites through the Government of Yukon Home Page.