Revisions and Consolidations: There’s a Difference?

In our last post we explained how to manually craft point-in-time consolidations and highlighted one of the main tools we use: Revised Statutes.

Consolidated legislation can be crafted by the consolidator using the ‘cut and paste’ method  and it is also what you see on government web sites such as e-Laws and Justice Laws. A consolidation of a statute refers to the updating of a statute to discern what that statute or provision looked like at a point-in-time.

Now, what’s the difference between a consolidation and a revision? In this blog post we will highlight what statute revisions are by answering the questions below. But first!  A little history.

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House of Bills: An Update of Ontario Bills


Last week, the Ontario legislature convened after the Progressive Conservatives prorogued the 1st Session of the 42nd Parliament on September 3, 2021. The Legislature’s return after prorogation marks the commencement of a new Session of Parliament.1 The Lieutenant Governor of Ontario delivered the Speech from the Throne to open the 2nd Session of the 42nd Parliament of Ontario on October 4th, 2021.

This also marks the return of our weekly House of Bills updates, in which we report on the activity of public bills as they move through the Legislature. We identify those bills that were active, the date(s) of the activity, as well as the stage(s) that the bills reached. Each update will report on the previous sitting week’s activity and will occur on the Monday proceeding (or the Tuesday, depending on holiday hours😉).

And with that, here is our first update of the new session, covering activity from sitting week of October 4-7:

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Some Pointers: Building Point-in-Time Versions of Statutes

It might come as a surprise to some that before the inception of e-Laws and Justice Laws in the early 2000s, legislative consolidations were not produced for every statute each year. The Revised Statutes of Canada and the Revised Statutes of Ontario were the primary official tools responsible for updating and consolidating statutes and were produced every decade or so (give or take). So, when in need of legislative consolidations before e-Laws and Justice Laws and between these Revisions, they may have to be crafted rather than found.  

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