New laws will go online within 48 hours

As part of an upgrade to an existing online resource, new Ontario provincial laws and amendments to existing legislation will be posted on the Web within two business days of enactment.

The changes to the online resource, known as e-Laws, were announced recently by the provincial government.

“With this tool, Ontario leads the nation in offering educators, students, the legal community and members of the public access to the information they need, when they need it, free of charge,” said Tim Hudak, the province’s minister of consumer and business services.

Launched in 2001, e-Laws is a bilingual online legislative catalogue. Users can access legislation by entering key words or phrases into a search engine. The site currently attracts more than 220,000 visitors per month.

“E-Laws continues to be a valuable site that provides quick, searchable and up-to-date access to Ontario statutes and regulations,” said Janine Miller, the director of libraries at the Law Society of Upper Canada. “With today’s changes, the site is even better than its first phase. Not only can researchers retrieve acts, private acts and regulations from one source, but they can also review statutes in an easy-to-use annual format.”

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