Laws of Canada and Quebec
In Quebec, there are two levels of government, the provincial and the federal level, following the Constitution Act of 1867. Generally speaking, civil matters (property, contracts, and civil liability) as well as municipalities, hospitals and education are under the authority of the government of the province of Quebec. On the other hand, the federal government may adopt laws on transportation (navigation, railways and aeronautics), criminal law, marriage and divorce, etc.
Furthermore, Canada’s law system is mixed. Indeed, private law, meaning the relationships between individuals, is governed by French-inspired civil law and is embodied within the Civil Code of Quebec. On the other hand, public law, meaning the relations between the State and an individual, is organized according to the principles of the common law, of English origins. Thus, Quebec lawyers are required to master both legal systems.
Many laws and regulations currently in force in Quebec have a direct impact on everyday life and the business world. For example, the Civil Code governs all contractual relationships and has various provisions on the environment, labor relations and corporate law.
Various legislative texts are made available by Lecours, Hébert Lawyers for your perusal. These texts have been selected based on their relevance for the business community. You may consult some extracts of these laws by clicking on their title below. To consult the integral text, please select the “PDF” format.
Disclaimer: The legislative texts offered herein do not constitute an official version and may not include the latest legislative amendments.