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Introduction

What is the Canada Gazette?

The Canada Gazette is the "official newspaper" of the Government of Canada. It has been published regularly by the Queen's Printer since 1841. In it are published new statutes and regulations, proposed regulations, decisions of administrative boards and an assortment of government notices. Private sector notices which are required by statute to be published so as to inform to the public also appear in the Canada Gazette.

The Canada Gazette is published pursuant to section 10 of the Statutory Instruments Act, which confers the responsibility for the Canada Gazette to the Queen's Printer. The Statutory Instruments Regulations regulate the manner in which the Canada Gazette is published, the publication dates and the subscription fees.

The present Queen's Printer is Mr. François Guimont, Deputy Minister of Public Works and Government Services Canada. Since 1886, the Queen's Printer has been an officer named by the Minister of Public Works and Government Services. He is responsible for the traditional printing and publishing of the Statutes of Canada, the Canada Gazette and mandatory publications. In addition, the Queen's Printer oversees the printing, publishing and distribution functions for the Government of Canada.

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How does the Canada Gazette serve Canadians?

1. It provides access

Canadians have a right of access to the laws and regulations that govern their daily lives. The Canada Gazette is one of the vehicles that guarantees that right of access.

2. It engages citizens

The Canada Gazette serves as a vehicle for consulting the general public on proposed regulations found in Part I. Following extensive consultation, pre-publication of a regulation in Part I gives Canadians a last chance to actively contribute to the regulatory process by sending their comments to the appropriate department or agency concerning specific issues that concern them.

3. It assists the private sector in meeting legal requirements

The private sector is also required to publish certain notices in the Canada Gazette. The Canada Gazette Directorate provides an advisory and publication service to the private sector for legal requirements such as those for the protection of our environment. Under the Navigable Waters Protection Act, notice of any building of bridges, roads or buildings which would pass over, through or on a body of water must be published in Part I of the Canada Gazette. Private sector companies such as banks, loan companies, railways and insurance companies are also required to publish in the Canada Gazette.

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Part I: Notices and proposed regulations

What is Part I?

Published every Saturday, Part I contains all public notices, official appointments and proposed regulations from the Government, as well as miscellaneous public notices from the private sector that are required to be published by a federal statute or by regulations. We also publish a quarterly index for this part.

Part I is most often divided into the following six categories.

  • Government house: contains notices of orders, decorations, medals and mention in dispatches awarded to Canadians.
  • Government notices: contains notices published by federal departments.
  • Parliament: contains notices published by the House of Commons, the Commissioner of Canada Elections, the Senate, and the Chief Electoral Officer.
  • Commissions: contains notices published by federal agencies, boards and commissions.
  • Miscellaneous notices: contains notices published by private companies, individuals and municipal and provincial governments.
  • Proposed regulations: contains regulations that have not been enacted and that can be commented on.

To find out how to publish in Part I, refer to our Publishing requirements page.

Part I of the Canada Gazette is available in most public libraries and in depository libraries of Canadian government information. For a list of full depository libraries in Canada and around the world, see the Depository Services Program Web site under Depository Libraries.

To subscribe to the Canada Gazette or to obtain a recent issue, see our Subscription information page.

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Public participation

It is through Part I that the Government includes Canadians in the regulatory process. All Canadians have a chance to submit their comments to the government departments and agencies responsible for the proposed regulations before these are enacted and then published in Part II of the Canada Gazette. This is called the consultation process. The name and contact information of the person responsible for a text of regulations is found at the end of each regulatory impact analysis statement that accompanies the proposed regulations, under “Contact.” A list of ongoing consultation on proposed regulations is found on our Consultation page.

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Unclaimed balances

The unclaimed balances are reported by Banks, Trust Companies and Loan Companies as at December 31 of each year and are printed in the Canada Gazette, Part I the following summer. Consult the latest Unclaimed Bank Balances publication.

The accompanying statements have been compiled from returns made pursuant to section 638 of the Bank Act and section 504 of the Trust and Loan Companies Act.

The amounts reported are those of $100 or more payable in Canada in Canadian currency which have been unclaimed for nine years or more.

The dates appearing in column 5 are those on which the last transaction of the deposit account took place or on which the instrument reported was issued, certified or accepted.

All amounts reported, together with any amounts less than $100, will be paid to the Bank of Canada if not claimed prior to December 31. Subject to section 22 of the Bank of Canada Act, the amounts will become payable by the Bank of Canada to the rightful owner.

Enquiries about any balance reported herein should be directed to the branch of the bank, trust company or loan company where the account is payable.

Each financial institution is divided into two parts. Part I is the alphabetical list of creditors and Part II is the list of branch adresses.

If you locate your name in the alphabetical list of creditors (Part I) look for the code in column 6 and go to the list of branch addresses (Part II) to find out what branch the code refers to. You can then claim the balance from that branch.

If the unclaimed balance is from a previous year, you will have to contact the Bank of Canada.

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Part II: Official regulations

What is Part II?

Published every other Wednesday, Part II contains all regulations that have been enacted as well as other classes of statutory instruments, such as orders in council, orders and proclamations. Each document has an SOR number or an SI number. Only government departments and agencies publish in Part II. Also under this part, we publish an index of statutory instruments consolidated from January 1, 1955. This consolidated index is published four times a year.

The Privy Council Office (PCO) coordinates the regulations and other documents that are published in Part II. PCO sends the material for publication in Part II to the Canada Gazette Directorate for production and gives final approval of the publication.

Part II of the Canada Gazette is available in most public libraries and in depository libraries. For a list of full depository libraries in Canada and around the world, see the Depository Services Program Web site under Depository Libraries.

To subscribe to the Canada Gazette or to obtain a recent issue, see our Subscription information page.

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Consolidated statutes and consolidated regulations

The Department of Justice maintains an online database for consolidated statutes and consolidated regulations. You can also buy the Consolidated Statutes and Regulations of Canada CD-ROM from Government of Canada Publications.

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Part III: Acts of Parliament

What is Part III?

Part III, which contains public Acts of Parliament, is published as soon as is reasonably practicable after Royal Assent to the Acts. It also contains a list of the Proclamations of Canada and Orders in Council relating to the coming into force of federal Acts.

The Department of Justice determines the publication date of each issue of Part III.

Please note that only the official on-line PDF format for Part III is available on our Web site. To access the HTML format of the most recent Acts of Parliament, please visit the Parliament of Canada Web site.

The Department of Justice also maintains an online database for consolidated statutes and consolidated regulations.

Part III of the Canada Gazette is available in most public libraries and in depository libraries. For a list of full depository libraries in Canada and around the world, see the Depository Services Program Web site under Depository Libraries.

To subscribe to the Canada Gazette or to obtain a recent issue, see our Subscription information page.

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Public acts (bills)

For access to an online listing of public acts (bills), visit the House of Commons Web site. You can also find public acts (bills) through the Department of Justice online database for consolidated statutes and consolidated regulations or in the Consolidated Statutes and Regulations of Canada CD-ROM on sale from Government of Canada Publications.

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General information

Official bilingual PDF format

All Canada Gazette publications are available in PDF format, starting from January 1998 issues. Since April 1, 2003, the PDF format version is an official version, as it is marked up from the same file as the printed version.

We insert bookmarks in the navigation pane of the PDF versions so that you can find a specific notice or specific regulations quickly, or you can move through the PDF file using the links to each category available from the table of contents and the index. Sometimes links to Web sites relating to a notice are available. All links are identified by coloured text.

You need Acrobat Reader 4.1 (or later) to read the PDF version of a publication. You can download this software for free from www.adobe.com.

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Non-official HTML format

All Canada Gazette publications other than Part III are available in HTML format, starting from January 1998 issues. To access the HTML format of the most recent Acts of Parliament (Part III), please visit the Parliament of Canada Web site. The Department of Justice also maintains an online database for consolidated statutes and consolidated regulations. The HTML format version is not an official version. Unlike the printed and PDF versions, the HTML version is divided into two separate files: the English text and the French text.

The HTML format is used as an alternate format to extend search capabilities and to allow for alternate methods of reading Web pages, making chemical symbols and information contained in tables, graphics, equations, charts, forms and illustrations more accessible.

Some publications in our archives are still only available in ASCII (American Standard for Computer Information Interchange) format, but they will soon be converted to HTML. These are identified as ASCII files.

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Glossary

A list of useful terms and definitions relating to the Canada Gazette is found on our Glossary page.

 
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