News Release - December 16, 1999
SASKATCHEWAN FIRST TO INTRODUCE E-COMMERCE LEGISLATION
Saskatchewan is once again a national leader with the introduction today of The
Electronic Information and Documents Act.
The legislation creates a legal framework for E-commerce that will have a
positive effect on the demand for Saskatchewan products on-line and encourage
the growth of E-commerce in Saskatchewan communities.
"Our province is showing leadership in a world where more and more business is
being conducted on the Internet," Justice Minister Chris Axworthy said.
"Existing law regarding legal relationships, including contracts, was developed
for a paper-based system. This legislation will introduce a measure of
certainty to the world of E-commerce in Saskatchewan."
Axworthy expressed pride that Saskatchewan is the first province in Canada to
take this important, forward looking step.
"We want to be sure that the business climate in Saskatchewan supports the
development of electronic commerce. Saskatchewan is taking this opportunity to
participate in this new form of economic activity."
The act provides basic rules and general principles to ensure the equivalent
treatment of electronic and paper documents and information. For example, two
businesses may agree to enter into a contract on-line. This act provides the
legal framework so that the electronic contract is as enforceable as a paper
The legislation is a based on a model developed by the Uniform Law Conference
of Canada, which builds on the United Nations Model Law on Electronic
For more information, contact:
Phone: (306) 787-6043