Using the new e-Laws

What’s new on the latest version of e-Laws.

Search

The previous version of e-Laws defaulted to an exact search, so that entering the words education act would only yield results where the words “education” and “act” appeared together, in that order. The new e-Laws defaults to a close variant search, meaning that it searches for results where “education” and “act” both appear in the same document, but not necessarily side-by-side or in the same order.  Exact searches can still be conducted manually, through an advanced search.

The “search within results” function is no longer available.

Learn how to conduct an advanced search

New laws

There is no longer a separate “new laws” page. New laws can be viewed by browsing in the source law database under all letters (by selecting “*”). The results are sorted by newest.

Learn how to use the browse tool

Finding related documents

Related law documents on e-Laws have been linked to each other. For example:

  • Consolidated statutes include links to historical versions of the statute and to regulations made under the statute, including revoked or spent regulations.
  • Consolidated regulations include links to the parent statute and to historical versions of the regulation.

Links are only included if the document exists on e-Laws. For more information, see the legislative tables.

Legislative tables

A number of the legislative tables on e-Laws have been consolidated or removed

Public statutes and ministers responsible

The new table of public statutes and ministers responsible contains information on consolidated, unconsolidated, repealed and unrepealed public statutes that were included in the R.S.O. 1990, carried over as unconsolidated and unrepealed by the R.S.O. 1990, or enacted after December 31, 1990. Information previously contained in the table of Ministerial Responsibility for Public Statutes is included in this new table.

Regulations

The new table of regulations contains information on consolidated, unconsolidated and revoked and spent regulations that were included in the R.R.O. 1990, carried over as unconsolidated and unrevoked by the R.R.O. 1990, or filed with the Registrar of Regulations after December 31, 1990.

Detailed legislative history tables

Detailed legislative history tables are no longer maintained. However, you can still download archived versions, and certain consolidated statutes and regulations on e-Laws now feature legislative history information.

Learn more about legislative history information on e-Laws

Legislative amendment history is included in the table of public statutes and ministers responsible and the table of regulations.

Titles

Titles of current consolidated statutes and regulations on e-Laws, which were previously set out in tables, can be obtained by browsing for all letters (by selecting “*”) in the current consolidated law database.

Annual lists

Annual lists of statutes enacted and regulations filed, which were previously set out in tables, can be obtained by browsing for all letters (by selecting “*”) in the source law database for the specific year.

Updated: November 13, 2015
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