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The Age of Majority Act
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This version is current as of August 18, 2017.
It has been in effect since February 1, 1988, when this Act came into force.
 

C.C.S.M. c. A7

The Age of Majority Act

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

Majority at age 18

1           Every person attains the age of majority, and ceases to be a minor, on attaining the age of 18 years.

Application

2           Section 1 applies for the purposes of any rule of law in respect of which the Legislature has jurisdiction.

Meaning of similar expressions

3(1)        In the absence of an expressed definition, or of an indication of a contrary intention, section 1 applies for the construction of the expression "adult", "full age", "infant", "infancy", "minority", and similar expressions in

(a) any provision of an Act of the Legislature or of any regulation, rule, order or by-law made under an Act of the Legislature, enacted or made before or after the coming into force of this Act; and

(b) any deed, will or other instrument of whatever nature made on or after the coming into force of this Act.

Use of expressions

3(2)        The use of words or expressions set out in subsection (1), or similar expressions, shall not, in itself, be deemed to indicate a contrary intention for the purposes of this section without some further indication of a contrary intention.

Reference to age "21"

4(1)        In any provision of an Act of the Legislature other than this Act, or of any regulation, rule, order or by-law made under an Act of the Legislature, a reference to the age of 21 years shall be read as a reference to the age of 18 years.

References to 21 in federal Acts

4(2)        Where, by any Act of the Legislature, an Act of Parliament or any provision thereof is made to apply in respect of any Act, matter or thing over which the Legislature has jurisdiction, in applying that Act of Parliament, or that provision thereof, in respect of that Act, matter or thing, any reference to the age of 21 years in that Act of Parliament or that provision thereof shall be read as a reference to the age of 18 years.

Date of documents

5           Notwithstanding any rule of law, any will or codicil executed before the date on which this Act comes into force shall be deemed, for the purposes of this Act, not to have been made on or after that date by reason only that the will or codicil is confirmed by a codicil executed on or after that date.

Court orders

6(1)        In any order or direction of a court made before the coming into force of this Act, in the absence of an indication of a contrary intention, a reference to the age of 21 years or to any age between 18 and 21 years, or to any of the expressions referred to in subsection 3(1), shall be read as a reference to the age of 18 years.

Use of "21 years"

6(2)        The use of "21 years" in an order or direction to which reference is made in subsection (1) shall not, in itself, be deemed to indicate a contrary intention for the purposes of this section without some further indication of a contrary intention.

Time of attaining age

7(1)        The time at which a person attains a particular age expressed in years shall be the commencement of a relevant anniversary of the date of the birth.

Application of section

7(2)        This section applies only where the relevant anniversary falls after September 15, 1970 and in relation to any Act of the Legislature, or any regulation, rule, order or by-law made under an Act of the Legislature, or any deed, will, or other instrument, has effect subject to the provisions thereof.

Accumulations

8           This Act does not invalidate any direction or accumulation expressed in a settlement or other disposition made by deed, will, or other instrument and executed before September 15, 1970 that, but for this Act, was a permissible period of accumulation.

Statutory provisions in deeds, etc.

9           Where any provision of an Act of the Legislature, or of a regulation, rule, order or by-law made thereunder is incorporated in and has effect as part of a deed, will or other instrument, the construction of which is not affected by section 3, for the purposes of the construction of the deed, will, or other instrument, this Act does not affect the provision of the Act, regulation, rule, order or by-law.