Languages Act

Chapter L-7.5 (Alberta)

HER MAJESTY, by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, enacts as follows:

1In this Act,

"Act" means an Act of the Legislature;

"Assembly" means the Legislative Assembly of Alberta;

"Ordinance" means an Ordinance of the North-West Territories that is or was at any time in force in Alberta or that part of the North-West Territories that formed Alberta;

"regulation" means a regulation, order, by-law or rule that is enacted under an Act or an Ordinance;

"Standing Orders" means the document of the Assembly entitled the "Standing Orders of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta".

2(1) All Acts, Ordinances and regulations enacted prior to the coming into force of this Act are declared valid notwithstanding that they were enacted, printed and published in English only.

(2) All (a) actions, proceedings, transactions or other matters taken, done or arising by or under an Act, Ordinance or regulation validated under subsection (1) are declared not to be invalid,

(b) rights, obligations, duties, powers and other effects created, limited, revoked or otherwise dealt with by or under an Act, Ordinance or regulation validated under subsection (1) are declared not to have been invalidly created, limited, revoked or otherwise dealt with, and

(c) matters or things, in addition to those referred to in clauses (a) and (b), done by, in, in reliance on or under an Act, Ordinance or regulation validated under subsection (1) are declared not to have been invalidly done, solely by reason of the fact that the Act, Ordinance or regulation was enacted, printed and published in English only.

3 All Acts and regulations may be enacted, printed and published in English.

4(1) Any person may use English or French in oral communication in proceedings before the following courts:

(a) the Court of Appeal of Alberta;

(b) the Court of Queen's Bench of Alberta;

(c) The Surrogate Court of Alberta;

(d) The Provincial Court of Alberta.

(2) The Lieutenant Governor in Council may make regulations for the purpose of carrying into effect the provisions of this section, or for any matters not fully or sufficiently provided for in this section or in the rules of those courts already in force.

5(1) Members of the Assembly may use English and French in the Assembly.

(2) The Standing Orders and the records and journals of the Assembly, within the meaning of section 110 of The North-West Territories Act (Canada) as it applied to Alberta, made before the coming into force of this section are declared valid notwithstanding that they were made, printed and published in English only.

(3) The Standing Orders and records and journals of the Assembly may be made, printed and published in English.

(4) The Assembly may, by resolution, direct that all or part of the Standing Orders or the records and journals of the Assembly shall be made, printed and published in English or French or both.

6 The declaration of validity of Acts, Ordinances, regulations and the Standing Orders under this Act does not revive any Act, Ordinance, regulation and Standing Order that has been repealed, substituted or superseded or that has otherwise ceased to be in force on or before the day this Act comes into force.

7 Section 110 of The North-West Territories Act, chapter 50 of the Revised Statutes of Canada, 1886, as it existed on September 1, 1905, does not apply to Alberta with respect to matters within the legislative authority of Alberta.

8 The English version and the French version of this Act are equally authoritative.


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