The Interpretation Act

C.C.S.M. c. I80

The Interpretation Act

Table of Contents

1 Definitions
2 This Act applies unless there is a contrary intention
3 This Act applies to its own interpretation
4 Common law rules continue to apply
5 Law is "always speaking"
6 Rule of liberal interpretation
7 Bilingual versions
8 Aboriginal rights protected
9 When Acts come into force
(2) When coming into force provision is effective
10 Coming into force at the beginning of the day
(2) Expiry or lapse at the end of the day
11 Staggered proclamations
(2) Effective day of proclamations
13 Preamble
14 Reference aids
15 Imperative and permissive language
16 Different forms of defined terms
17 General definitions
18 Majority
19 Quorum
20 Meetings, teleconferences and documents
(2) Number of persons
21 Powers of corporations
22 Time period beginning or ending on a specified day
(2) Time period beginning after a specified day
(3) Number of days between events
(4) Within a time
23 Holidays
(2) Holidays falling on Sunday
24 Time limits are extended for holidays
(2) Days on which offices closed
25 Bilingual proper names
26 Common names
27 Plural and singular
28 Gender
29 Public officers hold office during pleasure
(2) Appointing public officers
(3) Public officer's successor or deputy
(4) Public officer: location of authority
30 Retroactive appointments
31 Who may act for a minister
(2) Deputy minister cannot make regulations
32 Exercising powers under an Act or regulation
(2) Authorized act depending on another act
(3) Powers to be exercised and duties performed when required
(4) Power exercised by current holder of office
33 Terms used in regulations
34 Amending, repealing and replacing regulations
(2) Repealing regulations
35 Adopting codes and standards
(2) Changes
36 Using an approved form to report information
37 Differences in forms
38 English and French forms
39 Citing an Act
(2) Citing other Canadian laws
40 Reference includes amendments
(2) Reference to other Canadian laws
41 Reference to a replaced Act or regulation
(2) Reference to a repealed Act or regulation
(3) Reference to other Canadian laws
42 Reference to a series
43 Legislature's power to repeal or amend
(2) Amending at same session
44 Amendment is part of what is amended
45 Expired Acts and regulations deemed to be repealed
46 Effect of repeal
(2) Effect of repeal on investigations, etc.
47 Effect of amendment or replacement
(2) Authorized persons may continue to act
(3) Proceedings continue under the new Act
(4) When the new procedure must be used
(5) Reduction of penalties
(6) Regulations remain in force
(7) Bonds and securities
48 No implications from repeal or amendment
(2) Amendment does not imply a change in the law
(3) No implications from amendment, revision or re-enactment
49 Crown not bound unless expressly stated
49.1 Succession
50 Pending litigation
52 Private Acts
53 Proclamation to be issued under order in council
54 Security
(2) Sureties
55 to 64 [amendments to other Acts]
65 Repeal
66 C.C.S.M. reference
67 Coming into force