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Representation Act, 1985 (S.C. 1986, c. 8)

Act current to 2021-02-15

Representation Act, 1985

S.C. 1986, c. 8

Assented to 1986-03-04

An Act to amend the Constitution Act, 1867 and the Electoral Boundaries Readjustment Act and to provide for certain matters in relation to the 1981 decennial census

Her Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate and House of Commons of Canada, enacts as follows:

Short Title

Marginal note:Short title

 This Act may be cited as the Representation Act, 1985.

PART IConstitution Act, 1867

 [Amendment]

Marginal note:Short title and citation

 This Part may be cited as the Constitution Act, 1985 (Representation) and a reference to the Constitution Acts 1867 to 1982 shall be deemed to include a reference to the Constitution Act, 1985 (Representation).

PART IIElectoral Boundaries Readjustment for 1981 Census

Marginal note:Transitional

  • Footnote * (1) Notwithstanding anything that was done under the Electoral Boundaries Readjustment Act prior to the coming into force of this Act in respect of the decennial census of Canada taken in the year 1981, on the coming into force of this Act, the Electoral Boundaries Readjustment Act, as amended by Part III of this Act, shall be applied as if subsection 51(1) of the Constitution Act, 1867, as amended by Part I of this Act, had been in force immediately following that census and, except in respect of the Northwest Territories, electoral boundaries commissions shall be established and carry out their duties under the Electoral Boundaries Readjustment Act in all respects as though nothing had been done under that Act and no time had elapsed following that census.

  • Marginal note:Presumption

    Footnote *(2) Notwithstanding subsection (1), the certified return of the Chief Statistician of Canada referred to in section 11 of the Electoral Boundaries Readjustment Act and sent pursuant to that Act to the persons referred to in that section following the decennial census of Canada taken in 1981 shall, for the purposes of applying that Act in accordance with subsection (1) of this section, be deemed to have been sent to those persons and to have been received by them on the day on which this Act comes into force.

PART IIIElectoral Boundaries Readjustment Act

 [Amendments]

Marginal note:Transitional

 Sections 19 and 20 of the Electoral Boundaries Readjustment Act, as amended by this Act, apply in respect of the electoral boundary readjustment for the Northwest Territories in respect of the decennial census of Canada taken in 1981 notwithstanding anything done under those sections in respect of that census before the coming into force of this Act and, for the purposes of those sections, the copy of the report of the electoral boundaries commission for the Northwest Territories in respect of that census that was transmitted to and received by the Speaker of the House of Commons under subsection 19(1) of that Act, as it read immediately before the coming into force of this Act, shall forthwith after the coming into force of this Act be referred by the Speaker to the committee referred to in subsection 19(1) of that Act, as amended by this Act.

Coming into Force

Marginal note:Commencement

Footnote * This Act shall come into force on a day to be fixed by proclamation.

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