Although legislative materials are available in electronic format, print versions of statutes are still important. Both are considered official versions: federally, the official electronic source is from the Department of Justice. In Ontario, statutes from E-laws are official. Updating statutes using paper sources is a somewhat more involved and time consuming process than updating electronically, yet you may find yourself in a situation where you do not have access to electronic databases, or in a jurisdiction where electronic copies are not official. You might also need to find out what a section of a statute looked like at a certain point in time not covered by electronic sources. For reasons like these, it is necessary to become comfortable using print sources to find and update legislation.
For in-depth guidance on updating statutes, please see: