Legislative Update

A number of bills from the previous session of the legislature have been reintroduced, as well as number of new bills as part of the Government’s legislative agenda. To see the government’s news release on this, click here.

Third Session, Forty-Second Legislature

Government Bills

1st Reading

Bill 5 The Liquor, Gaming and Cannabis Control Amendment Act (Cannabis Social Responsibility Fee) – amends The Liquor, Gaming and Cannabis Control Act to make it a term of the agreement that the operator of a cannabis store must pay to the government a social responsibility fee.

Bill 6 The Liquor, Gaming and Cannabis Control Amendment Act – prohibits cannabis consumption in public places.

Bill 7 The Planning Amendment Act – amends The Planning Act to provide that the council of the City of Brandon is the approving authority for the subdivision of land in Brandon.

Bill 8 The Pension Benefits Amendment Act – amends The Pension Benefits Act with changes made in response to recommendations from the Manitoba Pension Commission.

Bill 9 The Opioid Damages and Health Care Costs Recovery Act – gives Manitoba a direct and distinct cause of action against manufacturers and wholesalers of opioid products to recover the cost of health care benefits caused or contributed to by an opioid-related wrong.

Bill 10 The Regional Health Authorities Amendment Act (Health System Governance and Accountability) – amends The Regional Health Authorities Act to consolidate administrative services related to health care and to centralize the delivery of certain health services across Manitoba.

Bill 11 The Workplace Safety and Health Amendment Act – makes amendments to The Workplace Safety and Health Act.

Bill 12 The Crown Land Dispositions Act (Various Acts Amended) – amends The Crown Lands Act, The Expropriation Act, The Land Acquisition Act, The Public Works Act, The Transportation Infrastructure Act and The Water Resources Administration Act.

Bill 13 The Public Sector Construction Projects (Tendering) Act – prohibits the issuing of a tender that would require the successful bidder to employ unionized employees or non-unionized employees for work on the project.

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Legislative Update

Third Session, Forty-Second Legislature

Government Bills

1st reading

Bill 2 The Budget Implementation and Tax Statutes Amendment Act, 2020 – implements tax and other measures announced in the 2020 Manitoba Budget. Additional amendments implement and support the summary budget and make various amendments to tax legislation.

Bill 3 The Public Service Act – provides a legislative framework for an ethical and effective public service for Manitoba.

Bill 4 The Retail Business Hours of Operation Act (Various Acts Amended or Repealed) – Currently, retail business hours and days of operation are subject to provincial legislation. This Bill gives local governments authority over these matters. Amendments to The Liquor, Gaming and Cannabis Control Act, The Municipal Act, The Northern Affairs Act and The City of Winnipeg Charter are made for this purpose. The Employment Standards Code is amended to continue the ability of retail workers to refuse to work on Sundays. A consequential amendment is made to The Remembrance Day Act. The Shops Regulation Act is also repealed.

Private Bills

1st reading

Bill 205 The Latex Control Act – prohibits the sale and use of gloves containing latex as of January 1, 2022. Exceptions are provided for research and medical procedures.

Bill 300 The United Church of Canada Amendment Act – amends The United Church of Canada Act to reflect changes to the church’s governance structure.


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Proclamations

The Wildlife Amendment Act (Safe Hunting and Shared Management) SM 2018, c. 33 is proclaimed to come into force on October 10th, 2020. – This amendment creates a general prohibition on night hunting.

See here for a list of all Proclamations.

Legislative Update

Second Session, Forty-Second Legislature

Government Bills

Second Readings

Bill 43 The Civil Service Superannuation Amendment ActHansard

Private Bills

First Reading

Bill 212 The Health Services Insurance Amendment Act (Personal Care Home 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. Requires reporting of personal care homes and the minister annually detailing reasons for any failing and how care adequately provides for residents.

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Legislative Update

Second Session, Forty-Second Legislature

Private Bills

1st Reading

Bill 216: The Abortion Protest Buffer Zone Act – Prohibits certain activities within access zones for clinics and facilities that provide abortion services and for service providers. Also prohibits certain activities within 50 metres of school sites.

Bill 300: The Winnipeg Humane Society Foundation Incorporation Amendment Act – Makes changes to the composition of the board, adjustments to investments and minor amendments

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Legislative Update

Second Session, Forty-Second Legislature

Passed

Government Bills

First Reading and Passed

  • Bill 54: The Emergency Measures Amendment Act  ( amendment(s) adopted at Committee Stage) – Currently, only the minister or a local authority may make emergency orders to prevent or limit loss of life and damage to property and the environment. This Bill gives the Lieutenant Governor in Council the power to make three types of orders when a state of emergency is declared.
  • Bill 55: The Employment Standards Code Amendment Act – This Bill amends The Employment Standards Code to add a temporary job-protected leave for employees who are unable to work due to circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The requirement for an employee to provide a certificate from a health professional in respect of a leave provided for in the Code is also temporarily suspended.
  • Bill 56: The Family Maintenance Amendment Act – amends The Family Maintenance Act. It enables maintenance enforcement officials to make more frequent inquiries to determine if a maintenance obligation for an adult child remains eligible for enforcement. In addition, when a request is made for an administrative suspension of a maintenance order, each party is entitled to a copy of material submitted by the other party, with any sensitive information deleted.
  • Bill 57: The Regulated Health Professions Amendment Act – amends The Regulated Health Professions Act to allow a regulated health profession college to re-register former members, without complying with the usual registration requirements, if the minister notifies the college that a threat to public health exists and their assistance is required.
  • Bill 58: The Residential Tenancies Amendment Act – amends The Residential Tenancies Act.
    • Rent is frozen at the amount payable immediately before April 1, 2020.
    • Evictions are limited to specific circumstances that infringe, interfere with or adversely affect the security, safety, health or well-being of other tenants, such as engaging in unlawful activity. This amendment is effective as of March 24, 2020.
    • Late fees for failure to pay rent are prohibited.
  • Bill 59: The Public Health Amendment Act – amends The Public Health Act. New prohibitions or requirements can be made in a public health emergency order to prevent the spread of a communicable disease. Measures to assist in the enforcement of public health emergency orders are added. The fines for failing to comply with public health emergency orders are increased. Additional persons may be authorized by regulation to enforce the Act and orders made under it. Orders made under the Act are not subject to The Statutes and Regulations Act. Orders directed to the public at large may be published on a government website.
  • Bill 60: The Appropriation Act, 2020 (COVID-19 Response)
  • Bill 61: The Loan Act, 2020
  • Bill 62: The Fuel Tax Amendment and Retail Sales Tax Amendment Act – amends The Fuel Tax Act to suspend, for the duration of the 2020 public health emergency, the requirements that a carrier who is not licenced under the International Fuel Tax Agreement pay a tax and obtain a single-trip permit upon entering Manitoba.

Private Bills

Passed

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As part of its effort to provide accurate information about COVID-19, the Winnipeg Free Press has released a free article detailing these emergency bills. See here for more details.