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Coming into Force of Legislation

A distinction must be made between the date on which a legislative measure is enacted by Parliament and the date on which it comes into force. The Interpretation Act contains provisions governing the coming into force of statutes. A bill becomes law after it has been passed by both Houses in the same form, but the act comes into force either when it receives Royal Assent, if no date of commencement is provided for in the act, or on the date provided for in the act. Accordingly, an act may come into force on one or more dates specified in the act itself or fixed by an order of the Governor in Council.

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