Acts and Regulations

Date adopted: 
December 11, 2019
Last update: 
August 15, 2020

Once an act has been assented to or a regulation has been passed, write the name in full and put it in italics. If the act or regulation has been passed but not yet proclaimed, still use italics.

Not: the Motor Vehicles Regulation has been passed
But: the Motor Vehicles Regulation has been passed

Only put acts and regulations in italics once they have been passed.

Once you’ve used the full name of the act or regulation, you can just refer to it as “the Act” or “the Regulation.”

Use uppercase when you’re referring to a specific act (“Act”) or regulation (“Regulation”). If you’re referring to acts and regulations in a general way, use lowercase (“act”, “regulation”).

As new regulations are being drafted, our style is to use the singular, so when you’re referring to a new regulation, use the singular, not the plural. However, if you are citing an existing regulation and it uses the plural, use the plural. Email legalservices@gov.yk.ca for help you if you need guidance.

Not: Regulations
But: Regulation

Until an act has been passed, it should be referred to as a bill.

Not: the Archives and Public Records Management Act
But: the Archives and Public Records Management Bill

If an act has yet to be passed but for some reason you need to refer to it as an act rather than a bill, don’t write it in italics.

Not: The Government of Yukon is committed to creating a Cupcake Act soon.
But: The Government of Yukon is committed to creating a Cupcake Act soon.

Use uppercase, not lowercase, when you are referring to a specific act, regulation or bill, or a schedule in an act.

Not: act, regulation, bill, schedule
But: Act, Regulation, Bill, Schedule

Use lowercase, however, when you’re writing about acts, regulations, bills and schedules generally.

Whenever a Minister’s quotation, for example in a news release, refers to an act or to a regulation, write the name in full.

Don’t italicize act acronyms. Only use an acronym for an act if your audience will know what it means.

Not: YESAA
But: YESAA

If you want to refer to a bill formally, write:

the Bill: An Act to Amend the Cupcake Act

Check you’re using the correct name of the act you’re referring to. Many act and regulation names, for example, don’t have “Yukon” in them. If it does, it’s because it relates to something that has Yukon in its name, such as Yukon College or Yukon Development Corporation. View the listing of all Government of Yukon Acts and Regulations.

Not: Yukon Agricultural Products Act
But: Yukon’s Agricultural Products Act, the Yukon Agricultural Products Act