Uniform or Model Act: What’s the Difference?

The Uniform Law Conference of Canada is holding its 95th annual meeting in Victoria, BC. As noted last week, the ULCC has adopted more than 120 model or uniform acts to date. What’s the difference between the two forms?

As set out on the ULCC website, uniform acts (lois uniformes) are recommended for implementation by all relevant governments across Canada. For example, at the 2012 meeting, the ULCC adopted the Uniform Reviewable Transactions Act and the Uniform Trustee Act. In comparison, model laws (lois types) are put forward as a tool for harmonising laws across Canadian jurisdictions should governments chose to use them. No model laws were adopted last year.

The ULCC’s French website can be accessed in French at http://www.ulcc.ca/fr/accueil .

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