Constitutional Documents

Please read the short note regarding the source of these documents, and as well as a disclaimer regarding errors.

Canadian Constitutional Documents

Unlike the majority of countries whose basic law derives from one document, Canada's basic law derives not only from a set of documents known as Constitution Acts, but also a set of unwritten laws and conventions. This comprises of all the acts passed since 1867 up to and including 1993. As a result, all constitutional documents during that time period have the force of law. This is analogous to laying a foundation (Constitution Act, 1867) and then building upon it and modifying it as the need arises (the successive acts).

All of the Canadian Constitutional Documents are now available online.

All of these documents are in English. A committee was struck years ago to have them translated into an official French version, but to the best of our knowledge, it just handed in its report in 1993 and there has been no French version produced yet that is `authorative.' For more details on this, refer to section 55 of the Constitution Act, 1982.

The Constitution of the United States of America

This copy of the American Consitution is made available through the Law School at Cornell University .

Constitución de los Estados Unidos Mexicanos

Aqui se enquentran este documento, y tambien disponible, El Diario Oficial de la Federacion.

The Mexican Constitution is also available (in Spanish). El Diario Oficial de la Federacion is the Mexican equivalent to part III of the Canada Gazette, which announces the passing of legislation or decrees (orders-in-council) into law.

Japanese Constitution

The Japanese Constitution is available in English or Japanese . Please note, the Japanese version may require special software to view it properly.

Last updated: March 2, 1995.

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