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Fifth Session, Thirty-Ninth Legislature

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Bill 202

THE CROWN CORPORATIONS PUBLIC REVIEW AND ACCOUNTABILITY AMENDMENT ACT


Explanatory Note

(Assented to                                         )

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

C.C.S.M. c. C336 amended

1           The Crown Corporations Public Review and Accountability Act is amended by this Act.

2           Subsection 26(5) is replaced with the following:

MPIC

26(5)       In the case of a review pursuant to this Part of rates for services of the Manitoba Public Insurance Corporation, The Public Utilities Board may take into consideration, in addition to factors described in subsection (4),

(a) all elements of insurance coverage affecting rates for services; and

(b) any financial aspect of the Corporation's insurance business or other corporate and business operations that the Board has reasonable grounds to believe may have an impact on rates for services.

MPIC must provide information

26(6)       Subject to subsection (7), the Manitoba Public Insurance Corporation must provide The Public Utilities Board with any information about the factors referred to in subsection (4) and the matters referred to in subsection (5) that the Board considers necessary to carry out its functions under this Part.

Confidentiality requirements

26(7)       The Public Utilities Board must adopt reasonable measures to ensure that financial information provided by the Manitoba Public Insurance Corporation but not directly related to rates for services is received and considered in confidence.

Interveners' access to confidential information

26(8)       Without limiting the generality of subsection (7), The Public Utilities Board may impose reasonable non-disclosure requirements on interveners who request access to information referred to in that subsection.  An intervener must comply with a non-disclosure requirement imposed on it by the Board.

Coming into force

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

Explanatory Note

Under The Crown Corporations Public Review and Accountability Act, the Manitoba Public Insurance Corporation is annually required to submit its proposed premium rates for compulsory driver and vehicle insurance to the Public Utilities Board for approval.

This Bill enhances the authority of the Board to consider whether the Corporation's activities other than providing compulsory driver and vehicle insurance may have an impact on those premium rates.  Manitoba Public Insurance is required to provide the Board with information about such activities, and the Board is required to take reasonable steps to maintain the confidentiality of the information.

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