Constitution Act, 1964

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Constitution Act, 1964 (British North America Act, 1964)  (1964) 

This act expanded the federal government's jurisdiction over pensions to include survivor benefits and disability benefits while continuing to allow provincial legislation. This amendment to the BNA Act made the Canada Pension Plan possible.


Constitution Act, 1964

1. Amendment as to legislation respecting old age pensions.
2. Short title and citation.


The Act[edit]

12 & 13 Elizabeth 11, c. 73 (U.K.)

An Act to amend the Constitution Act, 1867

[31st July, 1964]

Whereas the Senate and House of Commons of Canada in Parliament assembled have submitted an Address to Her Majesty praying that Her Majesty may graciously be pleased to cause a measure to be laid before the Parliament of the United Kingdom for the enactment the provisions hereinafter set forth:

Be it therefore enacted by the Queen'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. Section 94A of the Constitution Act, 1867 is hereby repealed and the following substituted herefor:
94A. The Parliament of Canada may make laws in relation to old age pensions and supplementary benefits, including survivors' and disability benefits irrespective of age, but no such law shall affect the operation of any law present or future of a provincial legislature in relation to any such matter.
Short title and citation.
2. This Act may be cited as the Constitution Act, 1964.[1]


  1. As enacted by the Constitution Act, 1982. The section, as originally enacted, reads as follows:
    2. This Act may be cited as the British North America Act, 1964; and the British North America Acts, 1867 to 1960 and this Act may be cited together as the British North America Acts, 1867 to 1964.

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