Learn more about the Canada Gazette
- Part Ⅰ: Notices and Proposed Regulations
- Part Ⅱ: Official Regulations
- Part Ⅲ: Acts of Parliament
- General information
What is the Canada Gazette?
The Canada Gazette is the official newspaper of the Government of Canada and has been published regularly by the Queen’s Printer since 1841. Until 2014, it was possible to have access to a paper copy of the Canada Gazette, but on April 1 of that same year, it was decided to discontinue the printing of the paper copy. Since then, only the electronic version is published.
The Canada Gazette includes 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 to inform 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 and its publication dates.
The present Queen’s Printer is Mr. George Da Pont, Deputy Minister of Public Services and Procurement. Since 1886, the Queen’s Printer, who is responsible for the publishing of the Canada Gazette and mandatory publications, has been an officer named by the Minister of Public Services and Procurement.
To view electronic copies of the Canada Gazette online, please see our Recent Publications category in our Web site Home page. You may also consult the Government of Canada Publications Web site.
How does the Canada Gazette serve Canadians?
Canadians have a right of access to the laws and regulations that govern their daily lives. Due to its legislative content, the Canada Gazette is one of the vehicles that guarantee that right of access.
Engaging citizens through the consultation process
The Canada Gazette serves as a vehicle which facilitates the process of engaging the general public in voicing any concerns about the proposed regulations published in Part Ⅰ. Canadians can actively contribute to the regulatory process by sending their comments or concerns on the subject under consultation to the appropriate department or agency.
Assisting 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. For example, under the Navigable Waters Protection Act, notices about the building of bridges, roads or buildings which would pass over, through or on a body of water must be published in the Canada Gazette, Part Ⅰ. Private sector companies such as banks, loan companies and insurance companies are also required to publish in the Canada Gazette.
Part Ⅰ: Notices and Proposed Regulations
What is Part Ⅰ?
The Canada Gazette consists of three parts. Published every Saturday, the Canada Gazette, Part Ⅰ, contains public notices, official appointments and proposed regulations from the Government, as well as miscellaneous notices from the private sector that are required to be published by federal statute or by regulations. The Canada Gazette Directorate publishes a quarterly index for Part Ⅰ.
Part Ⅰ is 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 law firms, private companies, non-profit organizations, individuals as well as 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 section.
Through the Canada Gazette, Part Ⅰ, the Government includes Canadians in the regulatory process. All Canadians have a chance to submit their comments to the relevant government department or agency responsible for the proposed regulations, before they are enacted and published in Part Ⅱ. This is called the consultation process. The name and contact information of the person responsible for the proposed regulations is found at the end of each regulatory impact analysis statement that accompanies the proposed regulations. To access the list of ongoing consultations, please consult the Canada Gazette Web site.
Part Ⅱ: Official Regulations
What is Part Ⅱ?
The Canada Gazette consists of three parts. Published every other Wednesday, the Canada Gazette, Part Ⅱ, contains all regulations that have been enacted as well as statutory instruments and other documents, such as orders in council, orders and proclamations. Each document has a Statutory Orders and Regulations (SOR) number or a Statutory Instruments (SI) number which serves to identify it within the Canada Gazette. Only federal government departments and agencies publish in Part Ⅱ. A consolidated index of statutory instruments, dating back to January 1, 1955, is published quarterly by the Canada Gazette Directorate.
The Privy Council Office coordinates all the regulations and other documents that are published in Part Ⅱ and sends the material to the Canada Gazette Directorate for publication.
The Department of Justice maintains an online database of consolidated regulations.
Part Ⅲ: Acts of Parliament
What is Part Ⅲ?
The Canada Gazette consists of three parts. The Canada Gazette, Part Ⅲ, which contains public Acts of Parliament, is published as soon as is reasonably possible after the Acts have received royal assent. 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 Portable Document Format (PDF) version for Part Ⅲ is available on our Web site. To access the HTML version of an Act of Parliament, please visit the Department of Justice Web site.
For access to an online listing of public acts (bills), visit the Parliament of Canada Web site. Public acts may also be found through the Department of Justice’s online database of consolidated statutes.
Official Bilingual PDF Version
The Canada Gazette Publication Order, which came into force April 1, 2003, gave official status to the electronic PDF version of the Canada Gazette. This status applies to all issues posted in PDF format on the Canada Gazette Web site subsequent to that date. Therefore, all printed versions of the Canada Gazette published from October 2, 1841 up to March 3l, 2014, and PDF versions published since April 1, 2003, are admissible as evidence in court. No PDF issues published prior to April 1, 2003, are considered official versions.
Bookmarks have been inserted in the navigation bar of the PDF versions so that you may find a specific notice or specific regulations quickly. You may also move through the PDF file using the links to each category that are accessible within the table of contents and the index. In some places, links to Web sites relating to a notice are available. All links are identified by coloured text.
To read the PDF version, you must first install PDF reader software. A list of free downloadable software is available on the Public Services and Procurement Canada Web site.
Non-official HTML Version
All Canada Gazette, Part Ⅰ and Part Ⅱ issues are available on our Web site in Hypertext Mark-up Language (HTML) format, starting from January 1998. To access the HTML version of the most recent Acts of Parliament published in Part Ⅲ, please visit the Department of Justice Web site. The version in HTML format is not an official version. Unlike the print and PDF versions, the HTML version is divided into two separate files, one for the English text and one for the French text. Note that the HTML version is not official.
The HTML version is used as an alternate version to extend search capabilities, to allow for alternate methods of reading Web pages, and to make chemical symbols and information contained in tables, graphics, equations, charts, forms and illustrations more accessible.
A list of useful terms and their definitions relating to the Canada Gazette can be found on our Glossary page.
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