Legislative Update – May 14, 2024

News

The Legislative Assembly of Manitoba

First Session, Forty-Third Legislature

Government Bills

Introduced

  • Bill 37 The Budget Implementation and Tax Statutes Amendment Act, 2024This Bill implements measures announced in the 2024 Manitoba Budget and makes various other amendments to tax and financial legislation.
    • Part 1: Fuel Tax
    • Part 2: Income Tax
    • Part 3: Oil and Gas Production Tax
    • Part 4: Property Tax and Insulation Assistance
    • Part 5: Retail Sales Tax
    • Part 6: Succession Duty
    • Part 7: Tax Administration and Miscellaneous Taxes
    • Other Amendments:
      • Civil Service Superannuation Act and Elections Act
      • Financial Administration Act
      • Manitoba Public Insurance Corporation Act
    • Schedules:
      • Election Financing Amendment Act
      • Environment Amendment Act
      • Manitoba Hydro Amendment Act
      • Labour Relations Amendment Act
      • Seniors’ Advocate Act

2nd Reading

Private Members’ – Public Bills

Introduced

2nd Reading

In Committee/Reported

Passed

For the status of all current bills click here.


Regulations

NumberTitleRegisteredPublished
30/2024Diseases of Bees Designation Regulation (2024)26 Apr. 202426 Apr. 2024
31/2024Assistance Regulation, amendment26 Apr. 202426 Apr. 2024
32/2024Domestic Labour Mobility Applicants Regulation26 Apr. 202426 Apr. 2024
33/2024Retail Sales Tax Regulation, amendment26 Apr. 202426 Apr. 2024
34/2024Reliability Standards Regulation, amendment3 May 20243 May 2024

Legislative Update – April 25, 2024

News

The Legislative Assembly of Manitoba

First Session, Forty-Third Legislature

Government Bills

Introduced

  • Bill 29 The Body Armour and Fortified Vehicle Control Amendment Act – prohibits hidden compartments being added to a vehicle after it has been manufactured. After-market compartments available for sale to the general public are still permitted.
    • A vehicle with a prohibited after-market hidden compartment can be seized. The vehicle is forfeited if the owner or a person with a prior registered interest in the vehicle does not pay the costs to seize the vehicle and remove the compartment before a specified deadline.
    • Vehicles and body armour forfeited under the Act are no longer required to be destroyed.
  • Bill 30 The Unexplained Wealth Act (Criminal Property Forfeiture Act and Corporations Act Amended) – The court may make an order that requires a person to provide information about how they acquired property or an interest in property if it appears that their known sources of income and assets would not be sufficient to do so and if the person or a closely-related person have been involved in unlawful activity.
    • The court is to presume, unless the contrary is proven, that
      • cash is proceeds of unlawful activity if it is mailed or shipped with no information or false information about the sender; and
      • a building is an instrument of unlawful activity if a controlled substance is found in the building in a quantity or in circumstances consistent with the trafficking of the substance.
    • Several minor or administrative changes are made to the Act.
      • Crypto assets such as cryptocurrency are added to the definition of “property”.
      • The maximum value of property that can be the subject of administrative forfeiture proceedings is increased from $75,000 to $125,000.
      • The maximum length of interim orders under the Act is extended from 30 days to 60 days.
      • Notice of administrative forfeiture proceedings must be published on a government website instead of in a newspaper.
  • Bill 31 The Captured Carbon Storage ActEstablishes a regulatory scheme to enable the safe storage of captured carbon dioxide in geological formations in Manitoba.
    • Part 2 clarifies that the pore space under the surface of the land, including pore space in which captured carbon may be stored, belongs to the province.
    • Part 3 sets out a licensing scheme for subsurface carbon storage projects.
    • Part 4 governs surface and subsurface rights in relation to storage areas. A carbon storage licence and a well licence are conditional on the applicant having the necessary surface and subsurface rights.
    • Under Part 5, a director is appointed to administer and enforce the Act. Compliance and enforcement measures include the ability to carry out inspections, issue orders, impose administrative penalties and prosecute contraventions.
    • Under Part 6, appeals from decisions about reservations, licences, permits, orders and administrative penalties may be made to an appeal board.
  • Bill 33 The Change of Name Amendment Act (3) -Under The Change of Name Act, the Director of Vital Statistics must notify the public when a person changes their name, subject to limited exceptions. The Act is amended to remove that requirement if the reason for the change relates to the individual being transgender, non-binary, gender-diverse or two-spirit Indigenous.
  • Bill 36 The Regulated Health Professions Amendment Act – Currently under The Regulated Health Professions Act, the council of a college may direct its registrar to cancel a member’s registration or certificate of practice if the member has been convicted of an offence that is relevant to the member’s suitability to practise. The Act is amended to require the council to consider the cancellation at a meeting that is open to the public, with limited exceptions.

Private Members’ – Public Bills

Introduced

In Committee

Private Members’ – Private Bills

Introduced

  • Bill 300 The Winnipeg Foundation Amendment ActAmended in two ways: (1) The mayor of the City of Winnipeg is no longer required to be a member of the board of directors of the Foundation and (2) Audit information about the Foundation’s financial statements must be published on its website.

For the status of all current bills click here.


Regulations

NumberTitleRegisteredPublished
27/2024Water Power Regulation, amendment5 Apr. 20245 Apr. 2024
28/2024Agricultural Crown Lands Leases and Permits Regulation, amendment12 Apr. 202412 Apr. 2024
29/2024Teachers’ Pensions Regulation, amendment12 Apr. 202412 Apr. 2024

Legislative Update – April 8, 2024

News

The Legislative Assembly of Manitoba

First Session, Forty-Third Legislature

Government Bills

Introduced

2nd Reading

Passed

Private Bills

Introduced

For the status of all current bills click here.


Regulations

NumberTitleRegisteredPublished
19/2024Prescription Drugs Payment of Benefits Regulation, amendment22 Mar. 202422 Mar. 2024
20/2024Driver Safety Rating System Regulation, amendment22 Mar. 202422 Mar. 2024
21/2024Water Power Regulation, amendment22 Mar. 202422 Mar. 2024
22/2024Standards of Sound Business Practice Regulation, amendment25 Mar. 202425 Mar. 2024
23/2024Producer Price and Milk Cost of Production Order, amendment26 Mar. 202427 Mar. 2024
24/2024Retail Milk Prices Order, amendment26 Mar. 202427 Mar. 2024
25/2024Wholesale Milk Prices Order, amendment26 Mar. 202427 Mar. 2024
26/2024Wildfires Regulation27 Mar. 202427 Mar. 2024

Legislative Update – March 19, 2024

News

First Session, 43rd Legislature

Government Bills

Introduced

Private Bills

Introduced

2nd Reading

For the status of all current bills click here.


Regulations

NumberTitleRegisteredPublished
1/2024Speed Timing Devices Regulation, amendment5 Jan. 20245 Jan. 2024
2/2024Winnipeg Police Service Special Constables Additional Powers Regulation, amendment5 Jan. 20245 Jan. 2024
3/2024Lands Withdrawn from Prospecting Orders, amendment5 Jan. 20245 Jan. 2024
4/2024Court of King’s Bench Rules, amendment23 Jan. 202424 Jan. 2024
5/2024Community Safety Officers Regulation, amendment15 Feb. 202415 Feb. 2024
6/2024First Nation Safety Officers Regulation, amendment15 Feb. 202415 Feb. 2024
7/2024General Hunting Regulation, amendment5 Mar. 20246 Mar. 2024
8/2024Moose Conservation Closure Regulation, amendment5 Mar. 20246 Mar. 2024
9/2024Hunting Dogs Regulation, amendment5 Mar. 20246 Mar. 2024
10/2024Captive Wild Animal Regulation, amendment5 Mar. 20246 Mar. 2024
11/2024Hunting Guides Regulation, amendment5 Mar. 20246 Mar. 2024
12/2024Miscellaneous Licences and Permits Regulation, amendment5 Mar. 20246 Mar. 2024
13/2024Exotic Wildlife Regulation, amendment5 Mar. 20246 Mar. 2024
14/2024Wildlife Fees Regulation, amendment8 Mar. 20248 Mar. 2024
15/2024General Hunting Regulation, amendment14 Mar. 202415 Mar. 2024
16/2024Hunting Seasons and Bag Limits Regulation, amendment14 Mar. 202415 Mar. 2024
17/2024Vehicle Use in Hunting Regulation, amendment14 Mar. 202415 Mar. 2024
18/2024Watershed Districts Regulation, amendment15 Mar. 202418 Mar. 2024

Legislative Update

News

The Legislative Assembly of Manitoba
First Session, Forty-third Legislature

Government Bills

Introduced

Bill 2 The Louis Riel Act – “The Louis Riel Act bestows the honorary title of “First Premier of Manitoba” on Louis Riel. The Manitoba education curriculum must now include the significant contributions of Louis Riel.”

Bill 3 The Fuel Tax Amendment Act (Fuel Tax Holiday) – “The Fuel Tax Act is amended to provide for a tax holiday from January 1, 2024, to June 30, 2024, for fuel purchased for use in operating motor vehicles, farm trucks and fire fighting equipment. A similar tax holiday is provided for multi-jurisdictional carriers who operate without a carrier licence. Regulations may be made to extend the tax holiday for up to six months or to reduce the applicable tax rate during the period from July 1, 2024, to December 31, 2024.

Bill 4 The Employment Standards Code Amendment and Interpretation Amendment Act (Orange Shirt Day) – ” The Employment Standards Code and The Interpretation Act are amended to observe Orange Shirt Day (National Day for Truth and Reconciliation) as a provincial statutory holiday on September 30. Employers and employees may not substitute a different date for observing Orange Shirt Day. In addition, The Public Schools Act is amended to ensure that, in years when Orange Shirt Day falls on a Saturday or Sunday, schools are closed on the following Monday.”

Bill 5 The Adult Literacy Act – “The Adult Literacy Act requires the minister to develop, implement and evaluate an adult literacy strategy in collaboration with others involved in adult literacy. A component of the strategy is the Manitoba Adult Literacy Program, which supports adult literacy programs.”

Private Bills

Introduced

Bill 200 The Firefighters Recognition Day Act (Commemoration of Days, Weeks and Months Act Amended) – “The Commemoration of Days, Weeks and Months Act is amended to proclaim May 4 as Firefighters Recognition Day.”


For the status of all current bills click here.


Legislative Update – June 2

News

The House adjourned June 1, 2023.

Amendments to the Provincial Offences Act plans to improve and streamline enforcement of First Nations laws and bylaws. May 23, 2023 – “Proposed changes would allow First Nations to enforce bylaws and gather fine revenue through a simplified process, which would allow charges to be laid using tickets. The changes would also provide additional enforcement options for First Nations to collect unpaid fines.”

Manitoba government announces new Judicial Justice of the Peace, Monique J.M. Maynard, appointed to provincial court. May 30, 2023 – “Maynard was selected from a list of candidates by a committee chaired by Chief Judge Margaret Wiebe in accordance with provisions of the Provincial Court Act. She will replace retired judicial justice of the peace Boyd Lischenski.”


Fifth Session, 42nd Legislature

Government Bills

In Committee

  • 41 The Occupiers’ Liability Amendment Act – This Bill amends The Occupiers’ Liability Act. Notice of a personal injury claim related to snow or ice on private property must be given within 60 days after the injury occurred. The notice must be given to an occupier of the property or a contractor engaged to remove snow or ice on the property. Notice given to one of them is notice to everyone who may be subject to the claim. The 60-day notice period does not apply in cases of injuries resulting in death or if a court determines that there was a reasonable excuse for failing to comply and that the failure does not prejudice the defendant.

2nd Reading

Passed

Private Bills

Introduced

2nd Reading


For the status of all current bills click here.


Regulations

NumberTitleRegisteredPublished
41/2023Complaint Form Regulation, repeal15 May 202315 May 2023
42/2023Exemption (Child and Family Services) Regulation, amendment17 May 202317 May 2023
43/2023Critical Incident Reporting Regulation, amendment19 May 202319 May 2023
44/2023Serious Injury Reporting Regulation19 May 202319 May 2023
45/2023Practice of Registered Nursing Regulation, amendment19 May 202319 May 2023
46/2023Park Reserves Designation Regulation, amendment19 May 202319 May 2023
47/2023Electronic Documents under Designated Laws Regulation, amendment19 May 202319 May 2023
48/2023Victims’ Rights Regulation, amendment23 May 202323 May 2023
49/2023Aquatic Invasive Species Regulation, amendment25 May 202325 May 2023
50/2023Family Law Regulation26 May 202326 May 2023
51/2023Support Enforcement Regulation26 May 202326 May 2023
52/2023Manitoba Child Support Guidelines Regulation26 May 202326 May 2023
53/2023Inter-jurisdictional Support Orders Regulation, amendment26 May 202326 May 2023
54/2023Child Support Service Regulation, amendment26 May 202326 May 2023
55/2023Prosthetic, Orthotic and other Medical Devices Insurance Regulation, amendment26 May 202326 May 2023

The library will be closed on Monday, May 20th for Victoria Day