Legislative Update

The House adjourned on June 1, 2021.

The 3rd Session of the 42nd Legislature will reconvene on Wednesday, October 6, 2021 at 1:30 p.m.

Third Session, Forty-Second Legislature

Private Bills

Introduced

Bill 234 The Consumer Protection Amendment Act (Right to Repair) – amends The Consumer Protection Act. A manufacturer must make the items necessary to maintain and repair its electronic products available to consumers and repair businesses at a reasonable price.

Bill 235 The Scrap Metal Recyclers Act – This Bill establishes The Scrap Metal Recyclers Act. A person must provide personal identification and the source of the scrap metal when they enter into a transaction with a scrap metal recycler. The recycler must keep the identifying information for five years and provide it to the police if required.

Bill 236 The Protecting Communications on Public Interest Matters Act (Court of Queen’s Bench Act and Defamation Act Amended) – amends The Court of Queen’s Bench Act. A defendant may file a motion to dismiss a court proceeding on the ground that the proceeding arose from a communication by the defendant on a matter of public interest. Unless ordered otherwise, the motion stays the court proceeding and any related administrative tribunal proceedings until the motion is decided.
This Bill also amends The Defamation Act. A defendant may rely on the common law defence of qualified privilege even when a communication has been published by the media.

Bill 237 The Elections Amendment Act – amends The Elections Act to require the disclosure of personal financial information by the leader of a political party for a 20-year period.

Bill 238The Apprenticeship and Certification Amendment Act (Apprenticeship Supervision) – amends The Apprenticeship and Certification Act. Currently, the number of apprentices a journeyperson may supervise is set by regulation. This Bill requires a 1 to 1 supervision ratio for most trades.


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Legislative Update

Third Session, Forty-Second Legislature

Government Bills

Introduced

Bill 72 The Disability Support Act and Amendments to The Manitoba Assistance Act – creates a new support framework for individuals living with a severe and prolonged disability who have no other adequate means of support. Individuals can apply for basic disability support payments as well as shelter assistance. The Act also allows for additional discretionary support payments in special cases.

2nd Reading

Bill 71 The Education Property Tax Reduction Act (Property Tax and Insulation Assistance Act and Income Tax Act Amended)Hansard Debate

Passed

Bill 3 The Public Service Act
Bill 5 The Liquor, Gaming and Cannabis Control Amendment Act (Cannabis Social Responsibility Fee)
Bill 6 The Liquor, Gaming and Cannabis Control Amendment Act
Bill 8 The Pension Benefits Amendment Act
Bill 10 The Regional Health Authorities Amendment Act (Health System Governance and Accountability)
Bill 11 The Workplace Safety and Health Amendment Act
Bill 12 The Crown Land Dispositions Act (Various Acts Amended)
Bill 13 The Public Sector Construction Projects (Tendering) Act
Bill 15 The Manitoba Public Insurance Corporation Amendment Act (Claim Dispute Tribunal)
Bill 17 The Drivers and Vehicles Amendment Act
Bill 18 The Workers Compensation Amendment Act
Bill 20 The Vehicle Technology Testing Act (Various Acts Amended)
Bill 21 The Conflict of Interest (Members and Ministers) and Related Amendments Act
Bill 22 The Credit Unions and Caisses Populaires Amendment Act
Bill 23 The Highway Traffic Amendment Act (Control of Traffic by Flag Persons)
Bill 25 The Municipal Statutes Amendment Act
Bill 26 The Human Rights Code Amendment Act
Bill 27 The Administrative Tribunal Jurisdiction Act
Bill 28 The Water Resources Administration Amendment Act
Bill 29 The Reducing Red Tape and Improving Services Act, 2020
Bill 30The Consumer Protection Amendment Act
Bill 32  The Election Financing Amendment and Elections Amendment Act (Government Advertising)
Bill 33  The Advanced Education Administration Amendment Act
Bill 34  The University College of the North Amendment Act
Bill 36 The Public Health Amendment Act (Food Safety and Other Amendments)
Bill 37 The Planning Amendment and City of Winnipeg Charter Amendment Act
Bill 38 The Building and Electrical Permitting Improvement Act (Various Acts Amended and Permit Dispute Resolution Act Enacted)
Bill 41 The Fair Registration Practices in Regulated Professions Amendment Act
Bill 45 The Public Schools Amendment and Manitoba Teachers’ Society Amendment Act
Bill 46 The Court Practice and Administration Act (Various Acts Amended)
Bill 47 The Early Learning and Child Care Act
Bill 48   The Fiscal Responsibility and Taxpayer Protection Amendment Act
Bill 49   The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Amendment Act
Bill 51   The Limitations Act
Bill 52   The Minor Amendments and Corrections Act, 2021
Bill 53   The Municipal Statutes Amendment Act (2)
Bill 54   The Personal Health Information Amendment Act
Bill 55   The Reducing Red Tape and Improving Services Act, 2021
Bill 56   The Smoking and Vapour Products Control Amendment Act
Bill 58   The Criminal Property Forfeiture Amendment Act
Bill 60   The Liquor, Gaming and Cannabis Control Amendment Act (2)
Bill 61   The Apprenticeship and Certification Amendment Act
Bill 62   The Animal Diseases Amendment Act
Bill 63   The Petty Trespasses Amendment and Occupiers’ Liability Amendment Act
Bill 67 The Public Health Amendment Act PDF SM 2021, c. 3
Bill 71    The Education Property Tax Reduction Act (Property Tax and Insulation Assistance Act and Income Tax Act Amended)

Private Bills

Introduced

Bill 229 The Restriction on Material Accompanying Government Cheques Act – prohibits the name, image or title of a Cabinet minister from being used on any material included with a cheque mailed by the government or a government agency.
Bill 232 The Emancipation Day Act proclaims August 1 of each year as Emancipation Day.
Bill 233 The Filipino Heritage Month Act proclaims the month of June of each year as Filipino Heritage Month.

2nd Reading

Bill 222 The Lobbyists Registration Amendment Act

Passed

Bill 213 The Reporting of Supports for Child Survivors of Sexual Assault Act (Trained Health Professionals and Evidence Collection Kits)
Bill 223 The Spirit Bear Day Act


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Legislative Update

Third Session, Forty-Second Legislature

Government Bills

Passed

Bill 14 The Minor Amendments and Corrections Act, 2020 PDF
Bill 19 The Minor Amendments and Corrections Act, 2020 (2) PDF
Bill 24 The Legal Profession Amendment Act PDF
Bill 31 The Horse Racing Regulatory Modernization Act (Liquor, Gaming and Cannabis Control Act and Pari-Mutuel Levy Act Amended) PDF
Bill 50 The Legal Aid Manitoba Amendment Act PDF
Bill 73 The Employment Standards Code Amendment Act (COVID-19 Vaccination Leave)

Private Bills

Introduced

Bill 230 The Labour Relations Amendment Act (2) – amends The Labour Relations Act to enable a unionized employee to direct that the portion of their union dues that would otherwise be used for political purposes be donated to a registered charity.

In Committee

Bill 223 The Spirit Bear Day Act


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Legislative Update

Third Session, Forty-Second Legislature

Government Bills

The full text of previously unpublished bills introduced in the fall are now available.

1st Reading

Bill 46 The Court Practice and Administration Act (Various Acts Amended) – amends several Acts that govern the administration and practice of Manitoba’s courts.

Bill 47 The Early Learning and Child Care Act – replaces The Community Child Care Standards Act. It establishes principles of early learning and child care services that must be considered in the administration of the new Act. Consequential amendments are made to The Child and Family Services ActThe Environment ActThe Income Tax ActThe Municipal Assessment Act and The Social Services Appeal Board Act.

Bill 48 The Fiscal Responsibility and Taxpayer Protection Amendment Act – requires that the government not incur a deficit greater than the baseline amount and penalizes ministers by reducing their salaries if the deficit is not reduced by at least $100 million each year. This Bill amends The Fiscal Responsibility and Taxpayer Protection Act

Bill 49 The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Amendment Act – amends The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

Bill 51 The Limitations Act – replaces The Limitation of Actions Act with a new limitations regime, The Limitations Act.

Bill 52 The Minor Amendments and Corrections Act, 2021 – corrects typographical, numbering and other drafting errors. It also makes minor amendments to various Acts.

Bill 53 The Municipal Statutes Amendment Act (2) – amends four Acts: The Municipal Act, The City of Winnipeg Charter, The Municipal Board Act, and The Planning Act

Bill 54 The Personal Health Information Amendment Act – amends The Personal Health Information Act.

Bill 55 The Reducing Red Tape and Improving Services Act, 2021 – amends several Acts and repeals two Acts to reduce or eliminate regulatory requirements or prohibitions and to streamline government operations.

Bill 56 The Smoking and Vapour Products Control Amendment Act – Under The Smoking and Vapour Products Control Act, areas within federal jurisdiction are exempt from the rules respecting smoking and vaping and the advertising and sale of tobacco and vapour products. This Bill removes the exemption. The Act now applies across Manitoba, subject to other legally recognized exceptions.

Bill 57 The Protection of Critical Infrastructure Act – establishes The Protection of Critical Infrastructure Act. An owner or operator of infrastructure may apply to the Court of Queen’s Bench for an order to respond to interference with infrastructure.

Bill 58 The Criminal Property Forfeiture Amendment Act – amends The Criminal Property Forfeiture Act. This Bill allows the court to make two new orders before forfeiture proceedings begin, adds new presumptions concerning cash, vehicles and other property, and other changes related to disclosure and offences.

Bill 61 The Apprenticeship and Certification Amendment Act – amends The Apprenticeship and Certification Act.

Bill 62 The Animal Diseases Amendment Act – amends The Animal Diseases Act to require a person to obtain consent before entering a biosecurity zone or interacting with animals in such a zone. A biosecurity zone is an area within a livestock operation to which access is tightly controlled to limit the spread of pathogens. Consent is now also required before interacting with animals in transport. This Bill makes it an offence to block or interfere with a vehicle transporting commercial animals.

Bill 63 The Petty Trespasses Amendment and Occupiers’ Liability Amendment Act – amends The Petty Trespasses Act and The Occupiers’ Liability Act. The Petty Trespasses Act is renamed The Trespass Act. Under the current Act, a verbal or written warning is required to make out a trespass offence, unless a property is fully enclosed. This Bill amends the Act so that a warning is no longer required. Under The Occupiers’ Liability Act, an occupier of premises has a limited duty of care to persons driving off-road vehicles or to recreational trail users. This Bill amends the Act to apply the same limited duty of care to anyone 12 years of age or older

Bill 64 The Education Modernization Act – changes the way the education system is governed and delivered in Manitoba. A new Act is enacted and several Acts are amended or repealed.

Bill 67 The Public Health Amendment Act – amends The Public Health Act to enable the chief public health officer to make orders during an epidemic that prevent people from working at more than one hospital, personal care home or other facility. The order may address implementation matters.

2nd Reading

Bill 50 The Legal Aid Manitoba Amendment Act – Currently, the tariff of fees paid to solicitors for providing legal aid is set by regulation under The Legal Aid Manitoba Act. This Bill amends the Act to require the management council of Legal Aid Manitoba to establish the fees.


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Legislative Update

Third Session, Forty-Second Legislature

Introduced

Bill 220 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.

Passed

Bill 4 The Retail Business Hours of Operation Act (Various Acts Amended or Repealed)

Bill 7 The Planning Amendment Act

Bill 9 The Opioid Damages and Health Care Costs Recovery Act

Bill 42 The Remote Witnessing and Commissioning Act (Various Acts Amended)

Bill 208 The Wildlife Amendment Act (Protecting Property from Water and Wildlife Damage)

Bill 211 The Employment Standards Code Amendment Act (Unpaid Leave for Reservists)

Bill 218 The Somali Heritage Week Act

Bill 300 The United Church of Canada Amendment Act

Bill 301 The Winnipeg Humane Society Foundation Incorporation Amendment Act

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Proclamations

SM 2015, c. 45 The Real Estate Services Act (whole Act) proclaimed to come into force on January 1, 2022.

SM 2018, c. 7 The Community Child Care Standards Amendment Act (Enhanced Powers Respecting Governance and Accountability) (whole Act) proclaimed to come into force on January 1, 2021.

SM 2020, c. 21 The Budget Implementation and Tax Statutes Amendment Act, 2020 (Schedule B — The Manitoba Habitat Heritage Corporation Reorganization Act, section 8) proclaimed in force on February 1, 2021.

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