British North America Act, 1951
|British North America Act, 1951|
Gave the federal government the power to pass legislation concerning Old Age Pensions while recognizing the right of provincial legislatures to do likewise. While parliament had instituted an Old Age Pension in 1927 it was administered by the provinces and jointly funded by them. This amendment allowed the federal government to administer and operate its own pension plan and allowed it to pass the Old Age Security Act.
Note: This Act was repealed by the Constitution Act, 1982
14 & 15 George VI, c. 32 (U.K.)
An Act to amend the British North America Act, 1867
[Assented to 31st May, 1951.]
Whereas the Senate and House of Commons of Canada in Parliament assembled have submitted an address to His Majesty praying that His Majesty may graciously be pleased to cause a measure to be laid before the Parliament of the United Kingdom for the enactment of the provisions hereinafter set forth: Be it therefore enacted by the King's Most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
Amendment as to legislation respecting old age pensions
1. The British North America Act, 1867, is amended by adding thereto immediately after section ninety-four thereof the following heading and section:—
Old Age Pensions
94A. It is hereby declared that the Parliament of Canada may from time to time make laws in relation to old age pensions in Canada, but no law made by the Parliament of Canada in relation to old age pensions shall affect the operation of any law present or future of a Provincial Legislature in relation to old age pensions.
Short title and citation
2. This Act may be cited as the British North America Act, 1951; and the British North America Acts, 1867 to 1849, and this Act may be cited together as the British North America Acts, 1867 to 1951.