A statute is a law that is enacted (written down) by either the Federal Parliament or the Provincial Legislatures. Canadian law is made up of a combination of both common law (judge-made law) and statute, however, if the two are in conflict, then the statute will come first.
Generally, before becoming law, a statute begins in the federal parliament or provincial legislation as a bill.
Once introduced in the House of Commons, the bill is read and is considered to have completed the first reading.
Next, it goes through a second reading during which the Members of Parliament debate the bill and vote on it. If the bill passes this second vote, it will go to a committee of the House. This committee will spend more time and look at the bill in more depth. They can ask questions or call in experts on the subject matter and make recommendations for changes.
Once the committee is done with the bill, it goes back to the House of Commons where the entire House can debate it and any Members of Parliament can make suggestions. This is when the third reading occurs and the Members of Parliament vote on it again.
If, and when, the bill passes this third and final vote, it goes through a similar process in the Senate where Senators can also ask questions and debate sections of the bill. Finally, if the bill successfully passes through both the House of Commons and the Senate, it will receive royal assent and will only then be considered law. 
A few examples of federal environmental statutes include:
In Alberta, bills are brought to the legislature by Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs). They are introduced as bills, and debated in the Legislature before being put to a vote. If the assembly passes a bill, it receives royal assent from the Lieutenant Governor, at which point it becomes law.
The process for a provincial statute is similar to the federal one but differs in one major way. Provincially, there is no Senate, so no second vote is required before a bill becomes a law.
A few examples of provincial environmental statutes include:
This list gives you a small taste of the wide variety of statutes that govern environmental law in Alberta.
<<The Canadian Constitution
 Neil Craik et al, Public Law, 2d ed (Toronto: Edmond Montgomery, 2011) at 71.
 Inba Kehoe, “How a Federal Bill Becomes Law – Canada” Queen’s University Library: Government Information (1997) online: https://guides.library.queensu.ca/gov/canada/federal/how-a-bill-becomes-a-law; Library of Parliament, “Guide to the Canadian House of Commons” (2016) Government of Canada online: https://decouvrez.parl.ca/sites/Learn/default/en_CA/Guide-to-the-Canadian-House-of-Commons.
 Fisheries Act, SC 2019, c 14.
 Species at Risk Act, SC 2002, c 29.
 Arctic Waters Pollution Prevention Act, RSC 1985, c A-12.
 Public Lands Act, RSA 2000, c P-40.
 Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act, RSA 2000, c E-12.
 Water Act, RSA 2000, c W-3.
Join our new Alberta Environmental Laws 101 Facebook group to ask questions, participate in discussions and keep up to date on environmental news. Please share this widely so that the high school teachers and students in your circles hear about this great new resource for supplemental online learning. Alberta Environmental Laws 101 Facebook Group