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order in council


Definition: In Canada, a federal order in council is a notice of an administrative decision issued by the Governor General of Canada. In reality, orders in council originate with the Canadian federal cabinet and are approved by the Governor General. Many orders in council are notices of appointments. Many other orders in council are regulations or legislative orders in relation to and authorized by an existing act of parliament.

Federal Orders in council are announced in the Canada Gazette.

The Privy Council Office, which provides bureaucratic support to the Prime Minister and cabinet, maintains an online database of federal orders in council which can be used to search for orders in council issued since 1990.

Provincial orders in council are similar. They are issued officially by the provincial Lieutenant Governors and originate with provincial cabinets.

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