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Bill S-34

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1st Session, 37th Parliament,
49-50 Elizabeth II, 2001

Senate of Canada


An Act respecting royal assent to bills passed by the Houses of Parliament

      Her Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate and House of Commons of Canada, enacts as follows:

Short title

1. This Act may be cited as the Royal Assent Act.

Form and manner of royal assent

2. Royal assent to a bill passed by the Houses of Parliament may be signified, during the session in which both Houses pass the bill,

    (a) in the form and manner customary before the coming into force of this Act; or

    (b) by written declaration, unless the bill is the first bill of the session appropriating sums for the public service of Canada based on main or supplementary estimates.

Use of customary form and manner

3. Royal assent shall be signified in the form and manner referred to in paragraph 2(a) at least once in each calendar year.

Notification in Parliament

4. Each House of Parliament shall be notified of a written declaration of royal assent by the Speaker of that House or by the person acting as Speaker.

Date of assent

5. Where royal assent is signified by written declaration, the Act is deemed to be assented to on the day on which the two Houses of Parliament have been notified of the declaration.

Declaration not a statutory instrument

6. A written declaration of royal assent is not a statutory instrument for the purposes of the Statutory Instruments Act.


7. No royal assent is invalid only because section 3 is not complied with.