Lord's Day Act
Last revised April 13, 2018

The Lord's Day Act, R.S.C. 1970, c.L-13, prohibited commercial activity on Sundays.

In a 1980s case about Sunday shopping, R. v. Big M Drug Mart,[1985] 1 S.C.R. 295, the Supreme Court of Canada found the Act to be of no force and effect as it infringed on the guarantee of freedom of religion and conscience in section 2 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms .

The text of the Act was therefore not included in the Revised Statutes of Canada, 1985.  

The Table of Acts Not Consolidated in R.S.C. 1985 (available in most courthouse libraries) lists the Lord's Day Act as unconstitutional.



Revised Statutes of Canada 1970
Contains the full text of the Lord's Day Act.  There were two subsequent amendments: see S.C. 1981 c. 47, s. 31 and S.C. 1983-84, c. 18, s. 215. (available in most courthouse libraries)