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

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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 – May 18th

News

Manitoba Government Introduces Legislative Amendments that would Enhance Safety of Combative Sport Participants May 17, 2023 – The Manitoba government is introducing Bill 40, the Combative Sports Act, to expand the mandate of the Manitoba Combative Sport Commission (MCSC) which would enhance the safety of combative sport participants at all levels, Sport, Culture and Heritage Minister Obby Khan announced today.

Changes to King’s Bench Rules – New amendment to the rules dealing with family matters, as well as probate and estate matters, have been approved. See regulations 37/2023, 38/2023, and 39/2023 for full details.

Fifth Session, 42nd Legislature

Government Bills

Introduced

  • 39 The Residential Tenancies Amendment Act (3) – amends The Residential Tenancies Act to list examples of information or evidence that the director may consider in an application to evict a tenant for unlawful activity.
  • 40 The Combative Sports Amendment Act – This Bill expands the Commission’s mandate to include licensing and regulating amateur combative sports that the Lieutenant Governor in Council has designated.

In Committee

Private Bills

Introduced

2nd Reading

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Regulations

NumberTitleRegisteredPublished
37/2023Court of King’s Bench Rules, amendment12 May 202312 May 2023
38/2023Court of King’s Bench Rules, amendment12 May 202312 May 2023
39/2023Court of King’s Bench Rules, amendment12 May 202312 May 2023
40/2023General Hunting Regulation, amendment15 May 202315 May 2023

Legislative Update March 2023

Fifth Session, Forty-Second Legislature

Recent Bill Activity

Government Bills

Introduced

  • 13 The Wildlife Amendment Act -“New residency rules are established for use in issuing licences and permits under the Act. People who reside outside Manitoba may be required to use the services of guides or outfitters when hunting specified animals or when hunting under certain licences. Restrictions on Sunday hunting are removed from the Act.”
  • 15 The Court of King’s Bench Amendment Act – “amends The Court of King’s Bench Act to establish the salary for a person who resigns as the senior master but continues to act as a master.”
  • 16 The Domestic Violence and Stalking Amendment Act – “amends The Domestic Violence and Stalking Act. A protection order may include provisions that enable the parties to the order to attend a family arbitration, family dispute resolution activities and supervised child visitations and transfers. A party applying for a prevention order or a protection order must disclose the existence of any orders or agreements between the subject and the respondent dealing with parenting arrangements, custody, contact, access or guardianship.”
  • 17 The Regulated Health Professions Amendment Act (2) – “amends The Regulated Health Professions Act. The minister’s powers relating to inquiries, directives and orders are extended to the regulatory colleges and associations of health professions that are not yet governed under the Act.”
  • 18 The Legislative Security Amendment Act – “amends The Legislative Security Act to add a portion of Memorial Park to the legislative precinct.”
  • 19 The Provincial Offences Amendment Act – “makes several minor amendments to The Provincial Offences Act. Rules respecting when a ticket or an information may be amended or quashed are standardized. Information contained in a document attached to a certificate of evidence signed by an enforcement officer or other authorized person is admissible as proof of the facts set out in the document. There are no appeals of decisions made on motions or other preliminary matters in proceedings under the Act unless the Act specifically allows an appeal.”
  • 20 The Conflict of Interest (Members and Ministers) Amendment Act – “amends The Conflict of Interest (Members and Ministers) Act as follows: Reports concerning gifts, benefits and private air travel are made public, Securities or stocks that a minister entrusts to another person are excluded from the minister’s disclosure statement, and Records that become public under the Act are not subject to destruction.”
  • 21 The Highway Traffic Amendment Act – “amends The Highway Traffic Act with respect to operators of regulated vehicles.”
  • 22 The Emergency Measures Amendment Act – “amends The Emergency Measures Act. The name of the Manitoba Emergency Measures Organization is changed to the Manitoba Emergency Management Organization. Every government department must prepare a continuity plan for responding to events that affect its ability to deliver services. A government department must also prepare an emergency management program if directed to do so by the minister. Further amendments are made to allow corporations or organizations to be designated as critical service providers by class as well as individually.”
  • 23 The Vulnerable Persons Living with a Mental Disability Amendment Act – “amends The Vulnerable Persons Living with a Mental Disability Act. “
  • 24 The Wildfires Amendment Act – “Inspection and enforcement powers are expanded and the maximum fines that may be imposed are increased. The requirements that apply when carrying on work within a burning permit area are now established by regulation. A work permit is no longer required.”
  • 25 The Workers Compensation Amendment Act (Wildfire Firefighters) – “lists heart injuries and specific cancers presumed to be caused by firefighting unless the contrary is proven. This Bill amends the Act to extend the presumptions to wildfire firefighters.”
  • 26 The Limitations Amendment and Public Officers Amendment Act – “amends The Limitations Act and The Public Officers Act.”
  • 27 The Intimate Image Protection Amendment Act – “amends The Intimate Image Protection Act. It shifts the burden of proof in an action for the non-consensual distribution of an intimate image. The distribution of an intimate image of a person is presumed to have occurred without their consent. A person who distributed the intimate image must establish that they had reasonable grounds to believe that they had consent from the person in the image to distribute that image.”
  • 28 The Local Government Statutes Amendment Act – “amends The City of Winnipeg CharterThe Municipal ActThe Northern Affairs Act and The Public Schools Act. The following people must take a leave of absence when they run for election as a member of the Legislative Assembly: a member of council of a municipality, including the City of Winnipeg; a member of a community council; a trustee of a school division or district. In addition, The Elections Act is amended to eliminate the prohibition on a member of council of a municipality being nominated for election as a member of the Legislative Assembly.”
  • 29 The Life Leases Amendment Act – ” This Bill amends The Life Leases Act to enhance the rights of tenants under life leases.”
  • 30 The Liquor, Gaming and Cannabis Control Amendment and Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries Corporation Amendment Act (2) – “amends The Liquor, Gaming and Cannabis Control Act and The Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries Corporation Act to establish a five-year pilot project that enables the operator of a retail store that meets requirements established by regulation to sell liquor in their store.”
  • 31 The Animal Care Amendment Act (2) – “The time limit for an appeal may be extended by the Animal Care Appeal Board. The appeal board may also dismiss a matter without a hearing in certain circumstances. Administrative amendments are made regarding notices of appeal filed with the appeal board. Amendments are also made regarding collection of costs under the Act.”
  • 32 An Act respecting Child and Family Services (Indigenous Jurisdiction and Related Amendments) – “An Act respecting First Nations, Inuit and Métis children, youth and families (Canada) affirms the right of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples to exercise jurisdiction in relation to child and family services and sets out a framework for coordinated service provision. This Bill amends several Acts to recognize Indigenous jurisdiction and support the implementation of the federal Act.”
  • 33 The Addiction Services Act – ” establishes The Addiction Services Act. A licence is required to provide addiction services that involve overnight accommodation, supervised consumption services and withdrawal management services to people with substance use addictions. Related amendments are made to The Personal Health Information Act and The Private Hospitals Act.”
  • 34 The Police Services Amendment Act – “This Bill amends The Police Services Act. The Director of Policing may establish standards respecting police service operations, facilities and equipment. The criminal intelligence director is responsible for creating standards dealing with criminal intelligence. The Manitoba Police Commission monitors police service compliance with policing standards.”
  • 35 The Education Administration Amendment Act (Teacher Certification and Professional Conduct) – “This Bill amends The Education Administration Act. To teach in a public school or funded independent school, a teacher must have a Manitoba teaching certificate. Key changes are made in relation to those certificates.”
  • 36 The Fair Registration Practices in Regulated Professions Amendment Act – “This Bill amends The Fair Registration Practices in Regulated Professions Act. Time limits are established in which a regulated profession must respond to an application for registration from an individual who has a similar registration in another Canadian jurisdiction. A regulated profession may apply to the minister for an extension of a time limit. Regulated professions are also required to comply with any regulations respecting English or French language proficiency testing requirements for domestic and internationally educated individuals. Compliance orders may now be made under this Act if a regulated profession fails to comply with a domestic trade agreement.”
  • 38 The Builders’ Liens Amendment Act (Prompt Payment) – “Bill amends The Builders’ Liens Act. A prompt payment scheme is established to facilitate the timely flow of construction project funds by imposing payment deadlines on each payor in the construction contract chain.”

In Committee

Passed


Private Bills

Introduced

  • 223 The Manitoba Assistance Amendment Act (Adult Education) – “amends The Manitoba Assistance Act. The director must consider whether undertaking adult education is the most appropriate employment enhancement measure for an assistance recipient.”
  • 224 The Transportation Infrastructure Amendment Act – ” amends The Transportation Infrastructure Act to add a requirement that the minister establish standards for clearing snow from provincial roads. These standards must meet the minimum requirements set out in a schedule to the Act and must be published.”
  • 225 The Health Services Insurance Amendment Act (Personal Care Home Staffing Guidelines) – “
  • This Bill amends The Health Services Insurance Act to require the minister to ensure that the current standards for paid care set out in the guidelines are maintained. The minister must also establish standards to ensure that the direct care provided to residents is adequate.
  • 226 The Universal Newborn Hearing Screening Amendment Act – ” This Bill amends The Universal Newborn Hearing Screening Act. In addition to screening for hearing loss, parents and guardians are offered the opportunity to have their infants tested for congenital cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection. The Act’s title is amended to reflect this change.
  • 227 The Workplace Safety and Health Amendment Act (Access to Washrooms for Delivery Persons) – “In most circumstances, the owner of a workplace must provide access to a washroom, on request, to a delivery person attending the workplace.”
  • 228 The Pay Transparency Act – “This Bill establishes The Pay Transparency Act to: prevent employers from seeking pay history about employees; require employers to include pay information in publicly advertised job postings; and require private sector employers with more than 100 employees to file a pay audit report with the Pay Equity Commissioner, including information on gender, diversity and pay of employees. All bids for public tenders must demonstrate that the bidder pays women, gender-diverse individuals and men equally.
  • 229 The Farmers’ Markets Week Act (Commemoration of Days, Weeks and Months Act Amended) – “This Bill amends The Commemoration of Days, Weeks and Months Act. The last full week of July of each year is proclaimed as Farmers’ Markets Week.”
  • 230 The Municipal Councils and School Boards Elections Amendment Act – “This Bill amends The Municipal Councils and School Boards Elections Act to require candidates to disclose offences to which they have pleaded guilty or in respect of which they have been found guilty. Offences for which a person received a record suspension under the Criminal Records Act (Canada) must be disclosed. Youth offences and those offences for which a pardon was granted under the Criminal Code (Canada) are excluded.

2nd Reading


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