In a previous post on Myths of Legislative Research, we mention that before the existence of e-Laws, Justice Laws, and online consolidations, legislation was not consolidated each year but rather every decade or so with revisions produced by the respective government (Revised Statutes of Canada, Revised Statutes of Ontario, etc.). So, if statutes were not being consolidated annually, what do we mean when we refer to “annual statutes”, and what comprises these annual volumes? Here’s a refresher.
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.
While many know that HeinOnline is a great resource for secondary source material like journal articles, it’s important to remember that it is also a great resource for digitized copies of federal and provincial statutes. Another important thing to remember: all Law Society of Ontario licensees enjoy digital remote access to HeinOnline through the Great Library.