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4th Session, 40th Legislature

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Bill 10

THE MUNICIPAL AMENDMENT ACT


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(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. M225 amended

1           The Municipal Act is amended by this Act.

2           The following is added after section 147 and before the centred heading that follows it:

Meaning of "French language services by-law"

147.1(1)    In this section, a "French language services by-law" means a by-law under which a municipality undertakes to ensure some or all of the following:

(a) that residents will be able to communicate with the municipality in the French language;

(b) that by-laws, minutes, agendas, public notices and other information and materials prepared by the municipality will be prepared and published in English and French;

(c) that the position of one or more municipal employees be designated as bilingual.

Maintaining French language services by-law

147.1(2)    A council may not repeal a French language services by-law or amend it in a manner that reduces the availability of municipal services or documents in the French language without the approval of

(a) a majority of all members, plus one; and

(b) the minister.

Submission to minister

147.1(3)    As soon as practicable after a by-law under subsection (2) is given second reading, the council must submit a certified copy of it to the minister.

No adoption until approved

147.1(4)    The council must not give third reading to the by-law until the minister has approved it and provided the council with written notice of his or her approval.

Coming into force

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

Explanatory Note

This Bill amends The Municipal Act. Under the Bill, a council may not repeal a French language services by-law or amend it in a manner that reduces the availability of municipal services or documents in the French language without the approval of the majority of council members, plus one, and the minister.