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How to Use the Wood Bull Guide to the Planning Act: After Bill 139

The Wood Bull Guide to the Planning Act: After Bill 139 addresses the provisions of the Planning Act after incorporating the amendments introduced by Bill 139.  

The Guide is organized around the seven Parts of the Planning Act.  Within each Part, the Guide groups sections and subsections into topics for ease of understanding and analysis.   A Table of Contents is provided in the navigation toolbar to the right.

You are currently viewing Phase 1 of the Guide, which is focused on the amendments introduced by Bill 139.  Subsections of the Planning Act amended or added by Bill 139 are marked with (*), except for administrative amendments.  For each of these subsections, our annotations include the legislative history related to Bill 139.  Where applicable or appropriate, we have also provided related sections and related regulations of the Planning Act, related statutes and a Wood Bull commentary.  Clicking on a particular section or subsection title will reveal the legislative language of the section/subsection and the annotations related to it.  Not every section/subsection will be annotated.  

Text within [square brackets] are not part of the section/subsection titles in the legislation.  They have been added to assist in easy understanding of the content.    

Phase 2 and subsequent phases of the Guide will include relevant case law and annotations to more subsections of the Planning Act.


Bill 139 received Royal Assent on 12 December 2017, and came into force on 3 April 2018, the day named by proclamation of the Lieutenant Governor. 

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