1. Introduction to Federal Legislation

2. Bills

3. Legislative Research

Federal Legislation – Introduction

Icon representing the Federal Legislation module. A person standing between a few stacks of legal documents, with the Canadian Flag in the background.

Approximate duration: 30 minutes

Description: How does a bill progress through the House of Commons? Where are federal laws published? Learn about the process of making and creating federal laws and regulations.

What Do You know?

Before starting this module, test your baseline knowledge with the following questions. You will receive basic feedback on your answers that will be further explained by the content in the module. Good luck! These questions are just for practice: your results will not be recorded by the system.

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Learning Objectives

At the end of this module you will be able to:

  • Explain the importance of legislative research;
  • Understand the legislative process;
  • Distinguish between the various types of legislation (bills, statutes, regulations);
  • Describe and apply the various steps and strategies for determining and identifying relevant and binding legislation; and,
  • Locate Federal legislation using both print and electronic resources.