Finding a statute is often only the beginning of a search. Once a relevant statute, including any amendments, has been found, one must check for additional information. Even though it has received Royal Assent, an act may not necessarily be in force. The concluding section of a statute normally deals with its commencement. Certain sections of the Act may be brought into force in different ways and at different times. All or part of the statute may be brought into force by the following methods or a combination thereof:
If a statute, or a particular section of a statute, is to be brought into force on a date to be proclaimed, one has to check for proclamation dates. For Ontario statutes, proclamations are officially published in the Ontario Gazette. For Federal statutes, proclamations are officially published in the Canada Gazette.
For coming into force information for federal statutes, you can consult the Table of Public Statutes from the Department of Justice. although one should also be familiar with print sources. LEGISinfo has coming into force information for 2001 onward.
For coming into force information for Ontario statutes, consult the Table of Proclamations from e-Laws.