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The Loan Act, 1991

S.M. 1991-92, c. 46

Bill 72, 2nd Session, 35th Legislature

The Loan Act, 1991

(Assented to July 26, 1991)

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

Definition

1           In this Act, "corporation" means a corporation mentioned in Schedule A or B unless otherwise indicated.

Power to borrow

2           The Lieutenant Governor in Council may authorize the raising, by way of loan or loans, upon the credit of the government in accordance with the provisions of The Financial Administration Act and upon the credit of a corporation in accordance with its governing legislation, any sum or sums of money not exceeding in the aggregate the net sum of $800,000,000 that may be considered necessary for making any payments authorized or required by this Act or any subsequent Loan Act to be made out of the Consolidated Fund or for reimbursing the Consolidated Fund for any such payment made therefrom.

Limit on borrowing

3(1)        Subject to section 2, each corporation, other than The Manitoba Farm Mediation Board, Co-operative Loans and Loans Guarantee Board and Communities Economic Development Fund, may, with the approval of the Lieutenant Governor in Council, by the issue and sale of its securities raise money by way of loan to the extent but not exceeding in the case of each corporation, the amount appearing opposite its name in Schedule A or B, as the case may be, reduced by the amount, if any, that the government has advanced to it or that has been authorized to be advanced to it under this Act.

Limitation thereon

3(2)        To the extent that a corporation raises money by way of loan as provided in subsection (1), the amount that may, on the authority of the Lieutenant Governor in Council, be advanced to it under section 4 is abated.

Abatement of authority

3(3)        To the extent that a corporation raises money by way of loan as provided in subsection (1), the amount that the government may, on the authority of the Lieutenant Governor in Council, raise by way of loan or loans on the credit of the government under section 2 is abated.

Power to expend

4(1)        The Lieutenant Governor in Council may authorize the expenditure of money for the purposes designated in Schedule A in the amount appearing opposite each designation in Schedule A.

Existing expenditure authority

4(2)        The expenditure authority provided in subsection (1) is in addition to authority previously voted in annual Loan Acts but not yet expended or abated as set out in Schedule B and expenditures authorized pursuant to such previously voted authority shall be deemed to be authorized pursuant to this Act.

Lapse of expenditure authority

4(3)        Any expenditure authority provided in Schedule A or B of The Loan Act, 1990 and not included in Schedule B lapses and shall be written off.

Recital in Orders-in-Council

5           A recital or declaration in an Order of the Lieutenant Governor in Council authorizing the expenditure of moneys under this Act, that it is necessary that an advance, loan, purchase of stock or guarantee be defined as an expenditure for the purposes of this Act shall be conclusive proof of that fact.

Interest Rate

6           The Minister of Finance shall, at least monthly, establish a schedule of interest rates to apply on advances made under this Act and such rates shall be not less than the rate of interest estimated at the time the rates are established to be the Province's cost of borrowing for the term over which the repayment of the advance is to be made.

Authority for commitments for future years

7(1)        In addition to expenditure authority granted under section 4, authority is granted to the government to make expenditures not to exceed in total an estimated aggregate amount of $200,000,000 for any purposes that the Minister of Finance, with the approval of the Lieutenant Governor in Council, may designate.

Additional expenditure authority

7(2)        Additional expenditure authority provided under subsection (1) may not be expended before April 1, 1992, but, with the approval of the Lieutenant Governor in Council, commitments may be made before and after that date for the expenditure of the money.

Amounts to be in capital estimates

7(3)        An expenditure made under this section and the amount of an expenditure required to be made as a result of a commitment under this section shall be included in Schedule A to The Loan Act of the fiscal year during which the expenditure is or is expected to be made.

Use of money advanced

8           Money advanced by the government to a corporation or raised by a corporation pursuant to this Act by the issue and sale of its securities shall be expended by that corporation for its purposes.

Saving clause

9           Nothing in this Act limits

(a) the power of the corporations to raise money by way of loan under the respective Acts governing them for the purpose of repayment, refunding, refinancing or renewal of the whole or any part of any loan or advance made to a corporation by the government, or of securities issued by a corporation; or

(b) the authority of the corporations to exercise any of the powers granted by those Acts for any of the purposes mentioned in this section.

Guarantee of corporations' securities

10          The government may, on any terms that may be approved by the Lieutenant Governor in Council, guarantee the payment of the principal, interest and premium, if any, of any securities issued by a corporation pursuant to this Act to secure the repayment of money borrowed under the authority of this Act.

Establishment of loan funds

11(1)       The Lieutenant Governor in Council may

(a) establish and approve loan programs in respect of the purposes designated in Schedules A and B; and

(b) determine the form and nature of a program established under clause (a) and the terms and conditions under which assistance will be provided.

Authority for expenditure

11(2)       The money necessary for carrying out the loan programs established under subsection (1) may be expended by the government

(a) from money authorized to be expended under this Act to an amount not exceeding in the aggregate the sum set out opposite each specific designation in Schedule A or B, as the case may be;

(b) from money authorized to be so paid and applied under any other Act of the Legislature.

Supplementary powers

12          The powers and authority herein granted to and conferred upon the Lieutenant Governor in Council or the government or the corporations do not affect but are in addition to the power and authority conferred on them by any other Act.

Coming into force

13          This Act is retroactive and is deemed to have come into force on April 1, 1991.

Schedule A

The Manitoba Hydro-Electric Board — Conawapa and Bipole III $500,000,000
The Manitoba Hydro-Electric Board 245,300,000
The Manitoba Telephone System 33,000,000
Hudson Bay Mining and Smelting Co. Limited, modernization project 49,000,000
Business Support
    Industrial Opportunities Program

$10,975,000
10,975,000
Manitoba Hazardous Waste Management Corporation 5,044,700
The Manitoba Water Services Board 2,000,000
Rural Development Bonds Program 10,000,000
$855,319,700

Schedule B
Expenditure Authority as at April 1, 1991 not yet expended or abated

The Manitoba Hydro-Electric Board — Limestone $614,142,738
The Manitoba Hydro-Electric Board 244,747,175
The Manitoba Housing and Renewal Corporation 122,100,000
The Manitoba Telephone System 110,000,000
The Manitoba Hospital Capital Finance Authority 80,010,500
The Manitoba Agricultural Credit Corporation 53,363,000
Business Support 42,916,969
    Vision Capital Fund $23,789,840
    Industrial Opportunities Program 17,127,129
    Manufacturing Adaptation Program 2,000,000
Manitoba Development Corporation 35,000,000
Federal / Provincial Water and Sewer Agreement 33,500,000
The Manitoba Water Services Board 18,799,900
The Manitoba Farm Mediation Board 9,800,000
The University of Manitoba 9,153,089
Tourism Agreement 6,850,000
Hudson Bay Mining and Smelting Co. Limited, modernization project 6,000,000
Communities Economic Development Fund 4,405,000
    Loans $ 3,005,000
    Guarantees 1,400,000
The Co-operative Loans and Loans Guarantee Board 2,680,000
    Loan $ 1,680,000
    Guarantees 1,000,000
Manitoba Hazardous Waste Management Corporation 1,611,000
Venture Manitoba Tours Ltd 1,162,500
$1,396,241,871