The Labrador Boundary

Privy Council Documents

Volume I

[29 March, 1867.]

Short Title.

Construction of subsequent Provisions of Act.

Four Provinces.

Provinces of Ontario and Quebec.

s. 51.

Power to admit Newfoundland, &c., into the Union.

p. 217

No. 37.


An Act for the Union of Canada, Nova Scotia, and New
    Brunswick, and the Government thereof; and for Purposes
    connected therewith.
(29th March, 1867.)  

    Whereas the Provinces of Canada, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick have expressed their Desire to be federally united into One Dominion under the Crown of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, with a Constitution similar in Principle to that of the United Kingdom:

    And whereas such a Union would conduce to the Welfare of the Provinces and promote the Interests of the British Empire:

    And whereas on the Establishment of the Union by Authority of Parliament it is expedient, not only that the Constitution of the Legislative Authority in the Dominion be provided for, but also that the Nature of the Executive Government therein be declared:

    And whereas it is expedient that Provision be made for the eventual admission into the Union of other Parts of British North America:

    Be it therefore enacted and declared by the Queen's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Lord's Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the Authority of the same, as follows:


1. This Act may be cited as The British North America Act, 1867.

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    4. The subsequent Provisions of this Act shall, unless it is otherwise expressed or implied, commence and have effect on and after the Union, that is to say, on and after the Day appointed for the Union taking effect in the Queen's Proclamation; and in the same Provisions, unless it is otherwise expressed or implied, the Name Canada shall be taken to mean Canada as constituted under this Act.

    5. Canada shall be divided into Four Provinces, named Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick.

p. 218

    6. The Parts of the Province of Canada (as it exists at the passing of this Act) which formerly constituted respectively the Provinces of Upper Canada and Lower Canada shall be deemed to be severed, and shall form two separate Provinces. The Part which formerly constituted the Province of Upper Canada shall constitute the province of Ontario; and the Part which formerly consituted the Province of Lower Canada shall constitute the Province of Quebec.

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    On the Completion of the Census in the Year One thousand eight hundred and seventy-one, and of each subsequent decennial Census, the Representation of the Four Provinces shall be re-adjusted by such Authority, in such Manner and from such Time, as the Parliament of Canada from Time to Time provides, subject and according to the following Rules: —
    (1) Quebec shall have the fixed Number of sixty-five Members.
    (2) There shall be assigned to each of the other Provinces such a Number of Members as will bear the same Proportion to the Number of its Population (ascertained at such Census) as the number Sixty-five bears to the Number of the Population of Quebec (so ascertained).

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    146. It shall be lawful for the Queen, by and with the Advice of Her Majesty's Most Honourable Privy Council, on Addresses from the Houses of the Parliament of Canada, and from the Houses of the respective Legislatures of the Colonies of Provinces of Newfoundland, Prince Edward Island, and British Columbia, to admit those Colonies or Provinces, or any of them, into the Union, and on Address from the Houses of the Parliament of Canada to admit Rupert's Land and the North-western Territory, or either of them, into the Union, on such Terms and Conditions in each Case as are in the Addresses expressed and as the Queen thinks fit to approve, subject to the Provisions of this Act; and the Provisions of any Order in Council in that Behalf shall have effect as if they have been enacted by the Parliament of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.

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