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Fourth Session, Thirty-Seventh Legislature

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Bill 207

THE SENIOR CITIZENS SUBSIDIZED TRANSPORTATION ACT


Table of Contents Explanatory Note

(Assented to                                         )

WHEREAS the number of senior citizens in Manitoba is increasing;

AND WHEREAS many senior citizens live on fixed incomes and transportation costs may impose a hardship on some senior citizens;

AND WHEREAS access to affordable transportation greatly improves the independence and quality of life of senior citizens;

AND WHEREAS efforts should be made to increase senior citizens' access to subsidized transportation;

THEREFORE HER MAJESTY, by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba, enacts as follows:

Definitions

1           In this Act,

"council" means the Manitoba Senior Citizens Transportation Council established in section 5; (« Conseil »)

"minister" means the minister appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council to administer this Act; (« ministre »)

"municipality" includes The City of Winnipeg; (« municipalité »)

"senior citizen" means an individual who is at least 65 years old. (« personne âgée »)

Promoting subsidized transportation programs

2(1)        Subject to the limitations and conditions set out in this Act, the government may take measures, undertake projects and programs, and do anything else it considers appropriate to promote and encourage the establishment of subsidized transportation programs for senior citizens in Manitoba.

Examples

2(2)        Without limiting the generality of subsection (1), the government may

(a) provide municipalities, agencies and organizations with training, technical support and other services required to establish subsidized transportation programs for senior citizens;

(b) assist and co-operate with any person, municipality, agency or organization interested in providing or establishing subsidized transportation programs for senior citizens; and

(c) receive grants or contributions from any person, firm, agency or organization for the purposes of this Act and may expend the grants and contributions for those purposes.

Grants

3           With the approval of the Lieutenant Governor in Council, the Minister of Finance may make a grant to a municipality, agency or organization to assist in the establishment or operation of a subsidized transportation program for senior citizens.

Agreements authorized

4           With the approval of the Lieutenant Governor in Council, the minister may, on behalf of the government, enter into agreements with the Government of Canada to provide for the payment by the Government of Canada to the government of contributions in respect of costs incurred by the government in undertaking programs to assist in the establishment or operation of subsidized transportation programs for senior citizens.

Establishment of council

5(1)         The Manitoba Senior Citizens Transportation Council is established, consisting of not more than nine persons appointed by the minister.

Purpose of council

5(2)        The council is established to

(a) study issues relating to the transportation needs of senior citizens in Manitoba and provide its advice and recommendations to the minister;

(b) provide assistance to any municipality, agency or organization regarding the establishment or operation of a subsidized transportation program for senior citizens in Manitoba; and

(c) respond to any request from the minister seeking the council's opinion on a matter involving the transportation needs of senior citizens in Manitoba.

Term of office

5(3)        The term of a member is four years, and no member may serve more than two successive terms.

Chairperson and vice-chairperson

5(4)        The minister shall designate one member of the council to be chairperson and one member to be vice-chairperson.

Quorum

5(5)        A majority of the members of the council constitutes a quorum.

Expenses

5(6)        Each member of the council shall be paid such reasonable expenses as may be approved by the minister.

Co-operation of other departments, etc.

6           The minister may co-operate with, or enlist the co-operation of, any department, branch or agency of the government that carries out or administers projects, programs, or activities that may assist in achieving the purposes of this Act.

Expenditures from Consolidated Fund

7           All expenditures and grants made under this Act shall be paid from the Consolidated Fund with money authorized by an Act of the Legislature.

Staff

8           Officers and employees that are required for the proper administration of this Act may be appointed as provided in The Civil Service Act.

Regulations

9           The minister may make regulations

(a) prescribing the manner in which grants under this Act may be made and any limitations and conditions on the making of grants;

(b) prescribing qualifications for recipients of a grant;

(c) respecting any matter necessary or advisable to carry out the purposes of this Act.

C.C.S.M. reference

10          This Act may be referred to as chapter S85 of the Continuing Consolidation of the Statutes of Manitoba.

Coming into force

11          This Act comes into force on the day it receives royal assent.

Explanatory Note

This Bill allows the government to develop projects and programs and enter into agreements designed to promote subsidized transportation for senior citizens in Manitoba.

The Bill also establishes the Manitoba Senior Citizens Transportation Council to provide advice and assistance on issues relating to the transportation needs of senior citizens.