Answered By: Jonathan Faerber
Last Updated: Dec 31, 2021     Views: 21

Since Canada's Constitution Act is a law, please follow the formatting discussed in How Do I Cite and Reference a Law? to cite sections of the act. Unlike most Canadian laws, however, the Constitution Act was enacted by the British Parliament in 1982 as part of the Canada Act, so the statute source for the Constitution Act is the United Kingdom's Canada Act 1982. For this reason, the following example from the Canadian Guide to Uniform Legal Citation  (2018, E-34) includes the names of both acts in both citations and the reference to the law:

Reference example: Constitution Act, 1982, being Schedule B to the Canada Act 1982 (UK), 1982, c 11.

For more information on citing constitutional statutes, please see "Constitutional Statutes" under "Legislation" in the University of British Columbia's Legal Citation Guide. For information on citing the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms from the Constitution Act, please see How Do I Cite the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms? 


McGill Law Journal. (2018). Canadian guide to uniform legal citation (9th ed.). Thomson Reuters.