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Constitution and Canons



This page includes the Constitution, Canons and Policy Documents of the Province of Canada.

The constitutional documents of the province include:

  1. Acts of the Legislature of the Province of Canada in 1857 and 1858 and Acts of the Parliament of Canada in 1870 and 1871 authorizing the creation of the Provincial Synod and its extension to Nova Scotia and New Brunswick;
  2. Revised Letters Patent issued to the first Metropolitan Bishop on February 12, 1862;
  3. The Declaration of Principles adopted in 1861;
  4. The Constitution;
  5. The Rules of Order; and
  6. The Canons:
    • Canon 1 - The Ecclesiastical Province of Canada and its Dioceses
    • Canon 2 - The Election, Office and Work of the Metropolitan Bishop
    • Canon 3 - The Election, Appointment, Consecration and Resignation of Bishops
    • Canon 4 - The Licensing of Clergy
    • Canon 5 - Discipline and the Court of Appeal
    • Canon 6 - Canons of the General Synod

Provincial Canons are also available in PDF format for Acrobat Reader. Updated to reflect changes adopted at Provincial Synod 2012.

The approved certificates regarding the election, consecration and installation of a bishop can be found by clicking here.

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The Provincial Council meeting September 2013 adopted a Provincial Safe Church Regulation whcih includes a Provincial Misconduct Policy and a Provincial Privacy Policy. It available in PDF format by clicking on the link.

In addition and as Schedule C of the Provincial Safe Church Regulation the Council adopted a Model Diocesan Safe Church Policy for those dioceses who might want to adopt it.It available in PDF format by clicking on the link.


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Note: these texts are provided for information purposes only. While every effort has been made to ensure that these texts are accurate, in the event of any discrepancy between this version and the official printed version, the latter shall prevail.

This page maintained by:
James T, Sweeny

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Last Updated: 2013 October 25th
Mise à jour : 2013 octobre 25