British North America Act, 1949
(Renamed Newfoundland Act, 1949)

Document Summary:
This act admits Newfoundland into Confederation. Schedule A contains the terms of union. Some important sections:

  • Section 2: Newfoundland to include the coast of Labrador.

  • Section 3: The British North America Act, 1867 (now renamed the Constitutional Act, 1867) to apply to Newfoundland as if she were a founding member.

  • Section 17: Gives protection from prejudicial legislation to denominational schools and colleges.

  • Section 23: Canada assumes Newfoundland's debt.

  • Section 28: Gives transitional grants to help Newfoundland integrate into Canada.

The Act gave constitutional protection to schools in seven denominations.