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There are two main pieces of legislation in Canada: Acts and Regulations. An act is a form of written law made directly by elected officials, either in Parliament or a provincial legislature. Regulations are made by a person or body that has been delegated the authority to do so by an act. Acts specify who may make regulations and the scope of the regulation-making authority. Regulations must stay within this scope and, consequently, they are often called 'delegated' or 'subordinate' legislation. Nevertheless, regulations are law and have the same binding legal effect as acts.

This section will provide more information on the legislation governing tobacco products and their use in Canada.